Lego Winter Wonderland on display at Parkway Shopping courtesy of Newbury’s Store Manager The Entertainer
A huge Lego Christmas display appeared in one of the windows of the empty unit at the Parkway Mall, writes Cameron Blackshaw.
The incredibly detailed model of a snowy downtown was built and designed by Lee Stanley, 45, manager of The Entertainer toy store.
With a church, a large Christmas tree, an ice castle and a miniature version of The Entertainer toy store, the Lego city exhibit will remain at Parkway throughout the holiday season and until the start of the New Year. .
Mr Stanley said: “Some families have told me on several occasions that every time they are in town they have to cross the Parkway to see the Lego exhibit because the kids will not come home otherwise!”
He said he had always loved building Lego as a child, but moved away from this hobby as a teenager.
He revived his passion for brick building in his late twenties when he started building some of his old sets with his nephew.
Since then, Mr. Stanley has grown into a prolific builder with a popular Instagram page showcasing a variety of his wonderful designs.
He added, “Over the past year, Lego has recognized the adult market more.
“You just have to go to their website now and see that they actually have an entire section called ‘adults welcome’ where you can find display items that wouldn’t look out of place in your front room.”
The Parkway Christmas Display is made up of Lego pieces that Mr. Stanley has collected over the years, with many store models coming from specific sets.
Mr. Stanley also designed some items such as the Church and The Entertainer himself with parts he ordered from Bricklink, an eBay-style site for Lego parts.
The project first saw the light of day when Parkway approached it last Christmas to do an exhibit in place of the Santa Claus cave that would usually be installed.
Since then, Mr. Stanley has made a number of exhibits for the open-air mall, including a Halloween scene and another featuring a hospital, police station and fire station in tribute to key workers during the lockdown last summer.
He said: “As an adult you can build any Lego city you wanted as a kid. “
Mr. Stanley’s impressive Lego Winter Town exhibit can be seen in an empty unit across from The Entertainer toy store.