Interview: LEGO Masters’ Bilsy

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Now that LEGO Masters is wrapped up for the year I wanted to have a chat to some of the contestants. I’ve sent a few questions off to Henry and Cade but Bilsy happens to be a long time Bricking Around reader (I’ve got it in writing that he owes me a drink for saving him money on LEGO). I had a chat to him about his time on the show. Including what it was like to work with his polarising partner Kale.

Let’s talk briefly about the journey to get on the show. You didn’t initially audition with Kale. What’s the story there?

I initially auditioned with a good friend from Queensland. We made it through but soon realised that filming took place the same time as his partner was expecting a baby. So we had to decline as a team, I then got a phone call a few days later telling me I would suit someone in Melbourne and am I interested. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, I’m not throwing it away so I accepted.

There were a lot of moments in the show where you seemed to say “this is a bad idea”, but never actually managed to break through and be heard. Was there any particular instances where Kale did step back and say “I like your idea” or “you are right”?

There were many times Kale took the lead and didn’t listen. To his credit he wanted all my ideas at the start of every build. He wanted to know what I was thinking, what story did I have that could work. Just happens my stories were never loving enough, or didn’t tell a greater story than what you saw. Although he did let me pick what movie (Titanic) we designed.

Of the challenges on the show were there any where you felt you had a winning idea that you didn’t get to do, and if so can you share an example?

From the 1st one. Mega cities, I knew we didn’t need to go higher. Brickman told us a few times do not go higher go more creative. But Kale took that as a challenge and the rest is history. And with the last dinosaur build, from the second I saw it grow I knew that was our end. I mean we could have turned it into a Dino shaped volcano or something. But adding non genuine articles (pizza, bottle etc) I tried to remove and they turned back up. If we stuck to scale we would have crept through.

A lot of people say that reality TV is very good at editing people to tell a story, do you feel that your story got told well? Anything that wasn’t shown that you wish had been?

What you see is how it happened. I feel I came across the same as I felt I was on set. I mean there’s so many one liners, smart-ass calls and comments that haven’t been shown. But other than that nothing was scripted. We weren’t coached or guided in any way – I was very impressed. I wish they had shown more of me building if I had to find a complaint.

You were obviously there with Kale for every day of filming. Was the way he was shown accurate and fair, in your opinion?

Yep we spent pretty much every day together. I don’t build at a level Kale does, and this made him angry and stressed. And that’s what you’re seeing – a stressed and angry Kale. I mean that’s how he was, towards me and everyone else. Very blunt and full of confidence, but he was given a partner he didn’t expect and I guess the stress of it all got to him.

I have to ask, what is your relationship with Kale like now? Have you spoken since the show.

I’ve reached out to him a few times, to see how he is etc. He’s obviously angry how he is portrayed and I think blames me. But it is what it is and no I don’t think there will be shared drinks anytime soon.

Which of the final builds got your vote?

I loved Dave and G’s Pirate Ship but I absolutely loved the technical skill of Poseidon. Kale and I had to vote as a team not one each. Our vote eventually went to Dave and G.

What’s your LEGO dream? Do you want to one day become a designer for example.

My LEGO dream would be a tester. I love designing and I love creating, but how much cooler would it be to be the one who tests the playability. Tests the strengths and swooshability of the finished products. From here I will build MOCs and sets on YouTube and Twitch and see where that takes me. The support I’ve received on social media has blown me away!

A huge thanks to Bilsy for taking time to answer questions.

10 Responses to Interview: LEGO Masters’ Bilsy

  1. Luke says:

    This is an awesome interview, definitely see some insight to stuff that didn’t get shown on the show.
    In the interview Bilsy mentions he’s doing stuff on YouTube and Twitch, did you get any links for those?

  2. Cesar says:

    Thanks for getting this interview done – provides great information and certainly answered some of my questions!

  3. T says:

    Thank you! I’d love to see more of these!

  4. Chloe says:

    Wicked, Bilsy. Such a genuine bloke.

  5. TeufelHund says:

    As much as Kale came across as a jerk, Bilsy never seemed to stand up to him. With most bullies once you stand up to them, they usually back down. I would have liked to see Bilsy show more spine personally as it seemed like he just let Kale take the lead every time even when it must have been clear that way led to doom.

  6. Sarah d' says:

    Bilsy – if you are reading this, I just wanted to say that you came across as a geniune person and extremely gracious team mate. It is a shame that you were not able to shine as brightly as you might have liked. But what an amazing experience. Good work mate!

  7. Owen says:

    Beeing teamed with a perfectionist, with their very different build styles doomed them from the start. I don’t know why Kale’s partner was rejected or resigned and I do wonder if the mismatch was intended to create the drama. I am sorry to hear that Bilsy and Kale haven’t spoken much since, I imagine he feels hurt at how he was portrayed – hopefully time will heal all. I have spoken with Kale on many occasions, he was a huge help with our recent Bendigo Bricks display and has always been very approachable however I’ve never built with him and my fumbling efforts would no doubt stress him too. Great effort Bilsy, keep up the building and I look forward to seeing your work in the future.

  8. Barrington says:

    I loved the show, but even my 6 year old couldn’t get over Kale (it made good tv I suppose) . It felt like pure lunacy to follow the mistakes of the Delorian with that TRex, maybe it was some sort of self-sabotage as if he knew he couldn’t win so why bother. Bilsy, it must’ve been tough. Well done.

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