Legoland launches search for master model builder

Posted Wednesday, November 12, 2003 5:04 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Today Legoland California begins a nine-city, nationwide search for a seventh "master model builder," a fancy title for someone who gets paid to play with toys. The wages won't support a glamorous lifestyle – the position pays $13 to $15 an hour to start – but for some it ranks high on the list of cool jobs.

Read more from The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2003 5:52 AM
If only this position had opened when I was 10 years old..... ;)
Wednesday, November 12, 2003 8:08 AM
You gotta be kidding me! $13 to $15 an hour....


Wednesday, November 12, 2003 12:14 PM
rollergator's avatar From what I recall, Son of Drop Zone (the world's only jumping model coaster built of popsicle sticks?), might make a splash, or maybe that was a crash, LOL. But it did feature a decent sized GAP in the trough-shaped trackwork.....;)

Fifteen an hour isn't too shabby if I get to play with toys all day....:)

Wednesday, November 12, 2003 1:36 PM
Well, it may not be shabby in Ohio or Phoenix, but this is So Cal we are talking about, where a single room studio apartment costs thousands and thousands a month. Plus, with the amount of taxes Californians pay, a person who owns his own car and lives an a fairly decent apartment might only see 9 of that 15 bucks.

"Park in Arizona? It will happen!"*** This post was edited by CRVeck 11/12/2003 6:37:21 PM ***

Wednesday, November 12, 2003 1:59 PM
I would expect a much higher starting pay. At least $20 + an hour. That is no where near enough to find a decent house in San Diego. Plus the amount of labor you are doing, and the type. I'm sure if you had these talents you could find a much better job.


Thursday, November 13, 2003 1:14 AM
Interesting. It's a job that doesn't pay horribly doing the same thing I did 5+ years ago for free. It might be on a grander scale but I remember being limited by not having enough peices.
Thursday, November 13, 2003 4:07 AM

That's not quite right - you (or whoever bought the kits) were paying for the pleasure of playing with those little bricks.....

Thursday, November 13, 2003 11:22 AM
janfrederick's avatar I saw an interview with one of these guys once. As part of the interview, candidates are given a pile of legos and a half hour to make something. The guy who was talking showed what he made--an alien head.

Cool job if you asked me...akin to sculpter.By the way, although that is a fairly low starting wage, think about the thousands of people who live here and pay less than that.A studio is not thousands and thousands of dollars. It all depends on what part of town you live in. A studio in Escondido down the road might go for $600/mo*** This post was edited by janfrederick 11/13/2003 1:15:02 PM ***

Thursday, November 13, 2003 10:12 PM
I play (er... played) with Legos and I really have an appreciation for those master builders. I mean they do whole cities and stuff and $13 to $15 seems mediocre, but I suppose it's a labor of love.
Friday, November 14, 2003 12:50 AM
Hey all,

Being an employee of the Lego Company and an avid Lego collector myself I have known about this little employee search for well over a month now. This is really a great opportunity for the people who do end up getting the job. There are endless opportunities for advancement, free travel and lets not forget it's FUN!


Friday, November 14, 2003 1:12 AM
Sawblade5's avatar Hey I still have my Arrow Corkscrew Coaster Train I built with my Legos a while back. The only problem was not having good enough pices to make a good track for it.

Other than that I used to have lots of fun at Silver Dollar City at the Kids Fest at the Lego Building Track where you had to build the fastest car and then roll it down the drag strip. I used to spend a few hours playing with them at SDC. The idea is to build a Car that is Aero Dynamic and Durable. If it wasn't ethier of these you most likley lost. Alot of times the cars just fell completly apart becasue it wasn't built durable enough. They didn't have the lego track at this years kids fest but they may bring it back next year. I have seen them do this before. I belive that SDC owns those legos.

OH BTW, I have been combining my Legos with my Knex coasters set so I could have the suspended cars on the set. *** This post was edited by Sawblade5 11/14/2003 1:18:38 AM ***

Friday, November 14, 2003 11:12 AM
janfrederick's avatar It also helps to have a little weight so that the inertia overcomes the drag on the wheels...;)

Yah, I spent a little too much time racing my lego car against the kiddies.. ;)


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