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10K CLUB INTERVIEW: The Costume Store and The Apartment by Pablo Sánchez

Congratulations to our well-known member Pablo aka Bricky_Brick and his latest contributions to 10K Club The Costume Store and The Apartment



  1. Who are you?
    Hi! My name is Pablo Sánchez.
  2. Where are you from?
    I'm From Madrid (Spain)
  3. How old are you?
    39 years young
  4. What do you study or do for a living?
    I'm a Camera operator and Director of some productions.
  5. What hobbies do you have?
    My main hobby is LEGO, I suppose that as an AFOL it is now a hobby but also the toy with which I started, I have seen its evolution and it is unavoidable not to include it as a way of life. I am also passionate about photography, music, comics, cinema, bicycles, and travel among others. 
  6. Do you have a personal LEGO portfolio website that you can share with us?
    Yes, I try to take advantage of social networks, some more than others. In this case, I use Instagram to announce recent projects. I also have a small shelter on Facebook where from time to time I share something of what I am doing. And a YouTube channel. Still, I have to organize because there are many projects presented and it is difficult to promote all creations equally, day by day I add something to the portfolio and share it as long as it is not designing a new project. I think my best portfolio is currently on the LEGO Ideas website.
  7. How and when did your interest in LEGO come about?
    My interest in LEGO was for a reason that now as an adult I understand. It gave me the possibility to create what I wanted, and that for a child is spectacular. I was 4 when I received one of my first sets, Ice Cream Cart (6601), and later the airport (6392) for me, authentic jewelry.
  8. What is your favourite LEGO theme (current or past)? Why? And has any theme inspired your building style or preference in any particular way?
    Without a doubt Space and Pirates. The themes I grew up with LEGO, with great mystery stories, challenges, and treasures from space or under the sand. My father liked the movies about pirates and cowboys and I liked to watch them with him. I suppose space is like discovering what is outside and how man makes ships to understand the mystery beyond the stars. One of the themes.
  9. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
    In the past: when I was a child 6990 Futuron monorail or 6399 Airport shuttle To put it in some way, it was my first LEGO train, even if it was a monorail and I liked that it was elevated over the city, I liked the sound that this engine made, the Futuron monorail had lights and you could add sound, it was a set Very complete with unique pieces nowadays discontinued. I would like to see those old pieces again
    Nowadays there are many good sets, I really like The Ewok village, The Saturn rocket, the Old fishing store, The Assembly square among others, I think these three have a special design if we compare them with the aforementioned, it looks great evolution in techniques and new pieces to achieve those shapes, I would add the Ecto1 by Mike Psiaki, and Pirates of Barracuda Bay with Milan Madge and Austin Carlson, in which Milan applied amazing techniques to create the shapes of the ship.
  10. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
    All the pieces have their function, some more than others, to build I like the modified pieces 15444  and 32952 make a good team in my opinion. I also like the 41682 2x2 brackets, the two-direction build model expands the possibilities of creativity. I also like clips and handle pieces.



  1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?

    The Costume Store
    I always liked the costumes and in Madrid, there is a famous store called Maty, I did not want to make a building like the one in Madrid but I want the content that the store emanates. Full of people looking and trying on costumes.

    The Apartment
    I really like modular buildings and seeing what themes they can offer. I wanted to make a building in the Parisian style where the central axis of the story was a child (Patrick), who lives in the attic and dreams of being an architect.

  2. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?

    The Costume Store
    The most difficult part was the roof and some upside-down parts to recreate some shapes in the model.

    The Apartment
    Perhaps the most difficult thing was to adapt the space of the building to its interiors. since it is a narrow building for a corner. If we look at one of the anchor points to other external buildings, it is located on the bench on the street. 
  3. If you could talk to yourself before you started on this project, what would you tell him/her? What do you know now that you wish you knew then?

    The Costume Store
    I guess I would change a lot of things, before sharing an idea I give a lot of thought to the head about things to remove, add or change shapes, and this keeps happening afterward, I guess everything is perfectible.

    The Apartment
    I guess I would change a lot of things, before sharing an idea I give a lot of thought to the head about things to remove, add or change shapes, and this keeps happening afterward, I guess everything is perfectible.

  4. How long did it take to complete the model? Did you finish it fairly quickly, or did it take a long time? And how did the build time compare to the time you spent promoting your Product Idea to reach 10,000 supporters?

    The Costume Store
    This model was completed in approximately two weeks, and it took the model 6 months to reach the milestone of 10000 supporters. From here thanks to Mockingbird for being the 10000th voter. As I commented on other occasions, (speaking of my case) the balance between construction and promotion time is usually unbalanced.

    The days that LEGO offers are generous therefore that time is appreciated to improve the project or give it more promotion. Luckily, this project only took two months, with people very committed to the project, to whom I thank from here for their emotionally altruistic collaboration. Therefore, I would summarize that the construction and preparation time is usually less than the promotion time of the idea. There are cases of projects designed in 30 days and reaching 10,000 in 10 days, but they are usually very special cases and usually spectacular projects.

    The Apartment
    This model took about 3 weeks to complete, and it took it a year and 8 months to get its 10,000 supporters.

  5. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes and how long did it take?
    Very very happy as I said in other interviews, this is like having children or something similar for me, in this case, they are already 12 and I am very proud of them.
  6. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?

    The Costume Store
    This model is close to 3000 pieces, near the limit.

    The Apartment
    This model is close to 3000 pieces, near the limit too.
  7. What is your favourite building technique or part/section that you’ve incorporated into your Product Idea?

    The Costume Store
    I really like the color line and the upside-down techniques used to give more detail or shapes to the model.

    The Apartment
    I enjoy designing the cafeteria or the roof. Some elements like the spiral stairs, the divan in the specialist´s office, the mini diorama on the ground floor, or the coffee machine among others.

  8. If you built your model digitally, what software did you use to build and render your model?
    I usually build digitally and use Studio2 and the renders in the same program, but now I´m trying other software for renders.



  1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
    Yes, being yourself, and creating something for yourself is a good start. The next step is that you like it and possibly there are people who follow you in your Idea.
  2. What (if any) methods did you use to advertise and attract support to your Product Idea? 
    I use social networks like most creators. I would like to be able to publicize them through events but now we cannot have that so the methods of advertising the models are basically directed to social networks that are currently somewhat saturated.
  3. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas Product Idea (besides your own of course)? Are there any Product Ideas you think have been overlooked?
    Apollo and Pirates of B. Bay is in my top 1/2. But I have to add that the building techniques of the Tree house seem excellent to me as well as the work done in the Old Fishing Store. 

    There are many good ideas that deserve to be official, but I understand that it would be unfeasible to produce 100 LEGO Ideas a year to give an example, apart from licenses and other things.
  4. What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
    I find very good feedback between LEGO and customers. And just being able to share a creation that you value with a lot of people around the world is nice, you can comment on other creations and give your opinion since it is a very important part to work in a group and also leave the creative bubble that can sometimes be negative if we lock ourselves. This is only a part, the contest adds more fun and without realizing it, we can be in the top ten most voted creations. It is a platform that helps you to value yourself, to see that your work either as a hobby or profession can be rewarded by a lot of people who value you every time they click the support button.
  5. Do you have plans to submit any other Product Ideas in the future? If yes, can you give us a hint of what that might be?
    Maybe, but will be secret 😊 
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