For the Love of Brick: Interviews with LEGO Enthusiasts
A podcast celebrating people and their unique connections with LEGO. Hosted by Greg McDonald.

Ep.18 – Loretta Sanford - UNLEASH

Greg chats with Loretta Sanford from UNLEASH (United Network of LEGO Enthusiasts in Senior Housing) – a program that brings the joy of LEGO into the lives of older citizens residing in senior housing. Greg learns about how this innovative program challenges many of the unhelpful assumptions made about older adults’ capabilities and their interests. Loretta also shares the many benefits citizens gain from participating, and how LEGO can be used as a tool to combat bullying in this group.

To learn more about UNLEASH, visit https://www.unleashcommunity.com/. To see what Loretta and the team have been up to recently, check out Loretta’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/littleoldlegolady/. Loretta is keen for UNLEASH to grow so if you’re interested in running a program local to you, please get in touch via email unleashbuilders[at]gmail.com.

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Ep.17 – Richard Jones - The Rambling Brick

Greg meets up with fellow Melburnian, Richard Jones, the editor and curator of ‘The Rambling Brick’. Richard shares how his unique take on LEGO eventually resulted in the creation of his long form LEGO blog. Richard introduces us to Bill and Mary- two minifigures first featured in the 6000 Ideas book, and shares his extensively researched speculation about their appearances throughout the years! Richard and Greg discuss their shared enthusiasm for the return of in-person AFOL events.

Check out Richard’s extensive LEGO blog: https://ramblingbrick.com/. Or visit his socials including IG: https://www.instagram.com/ramblingbrick/. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ramblingbrick .

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Ep.16 – Shelly Corbett - photographer

Greg chats with Shelly Corbett, a fine arts photographer who has made a name for herself in toy photography circles, mostly for her stunning LEGO minifig photographs. Shelly shares with Greg some of the ins and outs of toy photography and why people should consider going on a toy photography adventure themselves! She also enlightens Greg with some very useful tips in transitioning from simply taking photos of plastic toys to capturing photos that make your toys feel alive.

Want to take your toy photography to another level? Check out the Toy Photographers website Shelly co-created, which also features an in-depth podcast: https://toyphotographers.com/. To see Shelly’s gorgeous photos, check out her website: https://shellycorbett.com/. Or try these socials: IG: https://www.instagram.com/shellycorbettphotography/ Flickr: https://live-fts.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ .

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Ep.15 – Henry Pinto

Greg meets with Henry Pinto, whose official title is LEGO Masters Australia 2019 Champion- one half of the winning team with LEGO partner, Cade Franklin. Henry shares behind-the-scenes stories from the set including how Henry’s building style was initially unsuited for the competition, and how Cade and Henry's building styles luckily complimented each other. Greg and Henry have a serious geek out over mechs, and we learn more about Henry’s techniques for building his popular robots. Henry also reveals some tips for any budding future contestants of LEGO Masters out there.

Check out Henry’s socials to see his amazing builds, especially his famous mechs. IG: https://www.instagram.com/the_lego_dark_knight/ Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/orionpax1981/

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Ep.14 – Kevin Hinkle

In today’s episode, Greg sits down with Kevin Hinkle, a talented freelance artist who took a twelve-year detour away from his artistic career to work for LEGO Group. He reflects over the early beginnings of his career, earning slightly above the minimum wage in a LEGO store, to eventually working in LEGO community management covering the North, Central and South America. Kevin also discusses his LEGO comic about LEGO fans, ‘Bricks in the Middle’. We learn about the advantages of being known in the community for his LEGO illustrations, but simultaneously the difficulties of changing the perception of his artistic capabilities and style.

You can connect with Kevin via his Twitter (https://twitter.com/MrHinkleDraws), IG (https://www.instagram.com/MrHinkleDraws/) or website (https://www.kevinahinkle.com/). If you want to deep dive into Kevin’s story, you can find the Forever Sorting podcast on Kevin’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/MrHinkleDraws/featured. Last but not least, you can check out his free LEGO comic: https://bricksinthemiddle.com/ .

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Ep.13 – Alex Johnson - Tips&Bricks

Greg meets with Alex Johnson, a young UK AFOL who is the founder of the popular LEGO blog, Tips&Bricks. Alex shares the humble beginnings of creating this blog in his mid-teens, armed with just a laptop, to how it’s grown into the hugely successful blog it is today. Alex discusses what distinguishes Tips&Bricks apart from other LEGO blogs and gives us a deeper look into the running of the it. He also shares the challenges of growing the blog and his team, and reflects on his vision for how Tips&Bricks will continue to evolve.

To become another follower of Tips&Bricks, visit their socials/website: IG: https://www.instagram.com/tipsandbricks/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/tipsandbricks/ Tips&Bricks FB Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1591646100896260/ Website (where the handbooks are found): https://www.tipsandbricks.co.uk/ .

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Ep.12 – Charbel's LEGO TECHNIC Creations

Greg gets a lesson in LEGO Technic today whilst chatting with Charbel, a young French LEGO Technic builder who creates amazingly detailed cars and gearboxes. Charbel shares with us why he primarily builds with LEGO Technic and some of the challenges of being able to create those perfect shapes and mechanisms. He discusses the process behind building his creations and what car is his dream build.

You can view Charbel’s creations (and his sweet video production skills) on his YouTube channel ‘Charbel’s LEGO TECHNIC Creations’: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCatxt6gCy3dvnVZnqMYa6w .

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Ep.11 – Tim Johnson - New Elementary

In today’s episode, Greg chats with Tim Johnson, the creator of New Elementary - a popular website dedicated to discussing LEGO new parts and techniques. Tim discusses how New Elementary started from a small gap he discovered in the LEGO media landscape and how it has evolved over the years to where it is today. Tim also shares some of the diverse LEGO projects he has been involved in over the years, ranging from volunteering with the charity, Fairy Bricks, to even releasing a series of LEGO coffee books.

To become yet another follower of New Elementary, visit the website: https://www.newelementary.com/. Or check out New Elementary’s socials: IG: https://www.instagram.com/newelementary/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/NewElementary FB: https://www.facebook.com/NewElementary .

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Ep.10 – Derek Tulluck - The Brick Counselor

Greg chats to Derek Tulluck aka The Brick Counselor, an elementary school counselor who uses LEGO in his everyday work. Derek discusses why he incorporates LEGO into his counseling and some of the innovative ways LEGO enhances his sessions. He discusses channeling his experience and passion for LEGO into producing his first brick-based counseling book. Derek also shares how his latest LEGO Ideas proposals were inspired by his love of Disney and Pixar.

Check out Derek’s website to learn more about his work: https://www.brickcounselor.com/. Derek’s socials are: FB: https://www.facebook.com/brickcounselor/ or IG: https://www.instagram.com/brick_counselor/. And consider supporting Derek’s LEGO Ideas including his Pixar's LAVA idea: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/fc222252-e258-4999-93c3-a9c4b0790265 .

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Ep.9 – Alice Finch and Megan Lum - The Women's Brick Initiative

Greg chats with Megan Lum and Alice Finch from The Women’s Brick Initiative. They discuss how they encourage other females to join the LEGO world, and how The Women’s Brick Initiative creates a supportive space for females to create meaningful connections. Megan and Alice discuss some of the barriers that prevent many women engaging in LEGO more actively. They share how The Women’s Brick Initiative works towards equity through various strategies such as holding LEGO and LEGO-related media accountable when gender biases occur.

Please visit The Women’s Brick Initiative’s website to check out their research and their various projects: https://womensbrickinitiative.com/. The Women’s Brick Initiative has a private Facebook group for females who love LEGO: https://www.facebook.com/groups/185801622818707. Last but not least, a couple of their socials: Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewomensbrick Insta: https://www.instagram.com/thewomensbrick/ .

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