LEGO master builders return to Cardiff Bay with mythical creatures

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Cardiff Bay is home to mythical creatures and more now that the BRICKLIVE Fantasy Kingdom has landed at Mermaid Quay. 

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 03: Nine LEGO® models made with a total of nearly 750,000 LEGO® bricks at Tacoma Square at Mermaid Quay which will be on display until September 1. The display features an 11ft fire-breathing dragon. (Photo by Matthew Horwood)

(Press release follows.)

Nine fabulous models made with a total of nearly 750,000 LEGO® bricks have taken over Tacoma Square, in the heart of Mermaid Quay, until Sunday 1st September.

Free to view, the display features an 11ft fire-breathing dragon, a unicorn and two hunting wolves as well as a wizard, princess, knight and huntswoman. Collectively the models took over 2,000 hours to build. There are also cute dragon whelps (baby dragons) displayed in the windows of various businesses in Mermaid Quay.

At the heart of the display is a throne – laid out in shimmering silk and encrusted with the finest LEGO® brick rubies, emeralds and sapphires – on which visitors can sit and take selfies. Mermaid Quay is running a weekly photo competition to crown a Selfie King or Queen each week – with FREE ice cream for a year from Cadwaladers Mermaid Quay as the weekly prize.

(Editor’s note- that means one small ice cream a week, not as much ice cream as you can eat for a year. Which is what I was thinking…)

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 03: Nine LEGO® models made with a total of nearly 750,000 LEGO® bricks at Tacoma Square at Mermaid Quay which will be on display until September 1. The display features an 11ft fire-breathing dragon. (Photo by Matthew Horwood)

In addition, Mermaid Quay is running a host of other competitions, including:

  • A colouring competition to win a £100 voucher to spend at wagamama Mermaid Quay for young people aged 11 and under to bring their fantasy land to life with their best ever colouring in.
  • story writing competition to win a dinner for a family of four worth up to £75 from Bill’s Mermaid Quay with the theme of myths and legends for anyone aged 12 or over.
  • A themed fancy-dress competition to win fabulous treats at The Crepe Escape Mermaid Quay – open to all ages, the ‘fantasy’ theme means that visitors can let their imaginations run wild with a rich array of possible costumes – from princesses and knights to mythical creatures and unicorns!

This is the first time BRICKLIVE’s Fantasy Kingdom have been be on display in Wales and follows the success of previous displays at Mermaid Quay including the Great Brick Safari, Santa’s Sleigh and Big Cats, which all attracted many thousands of visitors.

The display is visible any time, but the throne will only be available to sit on 10am – 6pm daily. Visiting the installation is free of charge.

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 03: Nine LEGO® models made with a total of nearly 750,000 LEGO® bricks at Tacoma Square at Mermaid Quay which will be on display until September 1. The display features an 11ft fire-breathing dragon. (Photo by Matthew Horwood)

The BRICKLIVE Fantasy Kingdom comprises:

Tarygon the Dragon
• 210,000 bricks
• 1,200 hours
• 7 builders

Dragon whelps
• 3,100 bricks each
• 20 hours each
• 4 builders

Heledd the Huntswoman
• 37,500 bricks
• 160 hours
• 2 builders

Sir Macsen the Knight
• 39,360 bricks
• 160 hours
• 3 builders

Princess Anwen
• 63,000 bricks
• 160 hours
• 3 builders

Brilliance the Unicorn
• 37,800 bricks
• 120 hours
• 2 builders

Derwyn the Wizard
• 42,600 bricks
• 120 hours
• 2 builders

Fang and Spike – two hunting wolves
• 65,000 bricks each
• 100 hours
• 2 builders

Throne
• 158,000 bricks
• 120 hours
• 1 builder

About Mermaid Quay
Mermaid Quay comprises more than 30 restaurants, cafes and bars as well as shops & luxury services, all set in a stunning waterfront location at the southern end of Bute Street, overlooking the water in the heart of Cardiff Bay. It first opened 20 years ago in 1999 and is one of the most popular leisure destinations in Cardiff.

The centre is currently undergoing a comprehensive multi-million pound strategic repositioning which includes new public realm (new paving, lighting, landscaping, signage and wayfinding, entrance markers, seating and street furniture) and redevelopment of units to bring in new occupiers including Cosy Club (just opened), Hubbox (to open in Autumn 2019) and a five-screen Everyman Cinema (to open in Winter 2019).

About BRICKLIVE
Brick Live is a network of partner-driven fan-based shows using BRICKLIVE created content worldwide. The Company owns the rights to BRICKLIVE – interactive experiences built around the creative ethos of the world’s most popular toy bricks.  BRICKLIVE actively encourages all to learn, build and play, and provides inspirational events and shows where like-minded fans can push the boundaries of their creativity. Copyright © Brick Live Group Limited. Brick Live Group Limited is an independent producer of BRICKLIVE and is not associated with the LEGO Group. All rights reserved. LEGO® is a trademark of LEGO Juris A/S.


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