Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Pictures of the Day: Lego City

A tram stops in front of the Woo Cheong Pawn shop in Wan Chai
Lego frenzy has not abated in Hong Kong. Even before the hit film The Lego Movie arrived in cinemas here, there's a strong member base of the Hong Kong Lego Users Group (HKLUG).

The Lui Seng Chun building in Lai Chi Kok
I read one story about a father here who loved Lego as a kid, but stopped playing with it as he got older. However once he had a child, he started buying Lego again and is even more crazy about it than his boy!

Last night when I was trying to kill some time before dinner, I wandered into the Regal Kowloon Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui East and in the lobby were several Lego creatives by HKLUG members.

While there was one giant display that encouraged guests to guess how many Lego pieces were used to build the Easter-themed fantasy scene, the others were smaller, but nice interpretations of famous Hong Kong areas.

One was a Lego recreation of the Woo Cheong Pawn shop on Johnston Road in Wan Chai that is now known as The Pawn. The three-storey colonial-style building was fun to look at with the green tram in front.

Bruce Lee if he was made of Lego...
Another is a toy replica of the Lui Seng Chun building at the junction of Lai Chi Kok Road and Tong Mi Road. First owned by Lui Leung, he had a bone-setting business on the ground floor and then his family lived in the floors on top. The name Lui Seng Chun implied Lui's medicine could bring patients back to life.

The building was finally rescued in 2009 and was finally renovated and restored in 2012 to house a Chinese medicine practice run by Hong Kong Baptist University. It is a great example of restoring a building to its former glory.

Meanwhile the statue of Bruce Lee made of Lego doesn't really do the action hero much justice, but while we don't like the real Murray House in Stanley, the Lego version is cute, with a lot of action happening there, including a wedding party being filmed in the foreground.

Looking at the pieces used to make these amazing creations also made me realize how much Lego has evolved since I was a kid. The trees look pretty cool, and the figures have neat outfits and even bicycles!

A lot of action happening at Murray House in Stanley
Nowadays Lego creations are sophisticated, they are moving away from the simple bricks we used combined with our imaginations to make whatever we wanted...


  1. Seeing the photo of the Lego Bruce Lee on your blog confirms my reaction when I saw it on your camera monitor: i.e., it has breasts! ;O

    1. Hi YTSL -- Perhaps you're reading too much into the statue...

    2. Hmmm... you can't see the pointy things at the front? :O

    3. How do you build rippling muscles in Lego then?! hahahhaah