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Winning LEGO Masters spaceship to be exhibited at NASA

Intergalactic fire station LMFD heading to the NASA spaceport in Florida.

Winning build from “LEGO Masters'” (will open in a new tab) In its season premiere featuring the astronauts, which aired Wednesday (September 21) on FOX, the LFMD was voted the best personalized spacecraft among the creations of the 12 competing teams. Firefighters Steven Joo and Steven Cassley built the ship, which will soon be put on public display as the winning model. (will open in a new tab) at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

“I can’t believe this is actually happening,” Cassley told collectSPACE.com. “It’s a surreal feeling to know that this will be shown to thousands of people who will come and see.”

They had only 13 hours to build a spacecraft that could dock with the larger LEGO brick space station and also show the judges something about their team. Cassley and Joo designed the LEGO Masters fire station LMFD to resemble the iconic symbol associated with their profession. .

“We decided to use the very iconic image of the Maltese cross that is on all firefighter uniforms around the world,” Joo said on the show.

Canadian firefighters Stephen Joo (left) and Stephen Cassley on the set of LEGO Masters. (Image credit: FOX/Tom Griscom)

Built primarily from red bricks with yellow and clear highlights, the LMFD required assembly methods that were firsts for the two Stephens.

“That connection has to be Technic,” Cassley said, referring to the line of more advanced LEGO bricks. “That’s the only way we’re going to get power out of it.”

“It’s not my wheelhouse, so I’m a little hesitant to use stuff like this,” Joo said as he and Cassley continued building.

As the clock ticked down, host Will Arnett and Brickmasters (and LEGO staff) Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard prepared a couple of surprise guests for the teams. At the T-5 mark, the show was joined via video by NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn aboard the real International Space Station (Marshburn was last aboard the orbital station from November 2021 to May of this year).

“We’re excited to see what ideas your LEGO craftsmen are working on today,” said Marshburn.

The participants were also visited on set by NASA astronaut Jessica Meir.

“At some point, she went up to the judges and Will and just looked at what we were doing. Mostly observed, but she gave us some feedback at the time and we included a couple of her ideas about getting people inside. [the LMFD] as well as telling stories and all that stuff,” Joo said in an interview with collectSPACE.

These details became apparent when the team described their build in the show.

“This Maltese cross-shaped starship flies faster than any hook and ladder, putting out fires across the galaxy,” Joo said.

“In between calls, the firefighters on board can have some fun playing darts or bringing along our lovely donations,” Cassley added.

Brickmasters Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard with LEGO Masters host Will Arnett during the Season 3 premiere. (Image credit: FOX/Tom Griscom)

Competing with builds from other teams, including spaceships resembling a doctor’s medical bag, an intergalactic garden, a dance club, and a mango, LMFD was chosen for its creativity and structural strength.

“You have assembled a massive model. The fact that you have these great forms really told us who you are as a team,” Berard said.

While in Canada, Joo and Cassley hope to see their LMFD again when it’s on display at NASA.

“This is my game plan,” Joo said. “I have three kids who are very active and into hobbies, and so is my wife, so I hope we can take the whole family to Florida.”

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