Eight competing pairs of all ages will have their design, originality and construction skills put to the test in a battle to be crowned LEGO MASTERS.The series is hosted by DJ and TV presenter Melvin Odoom. Each programme tests a wide array of disciplines from the playful to the technical to the unexpected and judging is led by Matthew Ashton, Vice President of Design for the LEGO Group. Joining Matthew in each round will be an array of expert judges from the fields of engineering, art and design and guest celebrity LEGO fans including Richard Osman, Bill Bailey and Dara O’Briain. In each programme, the teams who impress the most will progress to the next round until the finale, where just one pair will be crowned winners.
Melvin Odoom presents a fresh run of the contest to find Britain's best amateur Lego builders, as teams aged nine and up are given access to a room full of the tiny bricks. They are challenged to come up with all manner of builds to put their creativity, construction skills and imaginations to the test. Design executive Matthew Ashton returns to assess their efforts and is joined by new regular judge, engineer Fran Scott, First the eight teams must construct 1.3m-long bridges, with no prior planning, over which Melvin will be driving a weighted remote-controlled dumper truck.
Melvin Odoom invites the seven remaining teams to take part in the 'Drop Test'. Using 1,000 bricks, the teams must create a structure that when dropped from height will smash to pieces. The further the spread of broken bricks, the higher the score. Next, the teams construct a scene from history. From the Ice Age to Ancient Egypt to 1950s America, which historical scene will the jury like the best, and which team will leave the contest? Matthew Ashton and Fran Scott are joined on judging duty by comedian Paddy McGuinness.
The four teams build a walking-talking robo-pet. There is also a Master Build using as many as half a million bricks. But who will be crowned the winner for 2018? With guest judge Sue Perkins.
In the final episode, the three remaining teams take part in the ultimate Pure Imagination Challenge where in the Unplanned Build, the teams are challenged to create a build that reflects the inner workings of a child’s storytelling imagination. They must each listen to a six-year old child’s story and then have three hours to bring their tales to life in little plastic bricks and inject playability into their builds. The best two teams then go head-to-head in the Final Master Build where they have two weeks to realise a master creation measuring 2 x 2 metres and using up to 500,000 bricks each. The build must incorporate a central structure and an environment utilising all the skills they have been tested on and developed throughout the competition. The build will then be revealed to the general public at The Design Museum in Kensington, London and is judged by comedian and LEGO enthusiast Dara O’Briain.