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Tyler Clites

As a LEGO master, I’ve had the privilege of working on numerous custom projects for clients across various industries. One of the most memorable and rewarding experiences was collaborating with Pallet Trader to create a unique employee of the year gift – a custom LEGO kit that perfectly captured the essence of their brand and the hard work of their team.

The Client’s Vision

When Pallet Trader approached me with the idea of designing a custom LEGO kit for their year-end company event, I was thrilled. They wanted to create something special that would not only serve as a token of appreciation for their employees but also showcase their brand in a fun and engaging way.

According to a study by the Incentive Research Foundation, 65% of employees prefer non-cash rewards, such as merchandise or experiences, over cash bonuses. This highlights the importance of creating meaningful and memorable employee recognition gifts, like the custom LEGO kit we designed for Pallet Trader.

Designing the Custom Kit

The design process for the Pallet Trader custom LEGO kit took several weeks, with close collaboration and input from the client throughout. We wanted to ensure that the final product accurately represented their brand and met their expectations.

Brick-built pallet with boxes loaded on it
Brick-built pallet with boxes loaded on it

One of the key elements of the design was the inclusion of a brick-built pallet with boxes loaded on it. This detail was not only fun to create but also served as a nod to Pallet Trader’s core business. It’s the little touches like this that make a custom LEGO kit truly special and memorable.

Sourcing the LEGO Elements

While the design process was enjoyable, sourcing the necessary LEGO elements proved to be one of the main challenges of the project. We needed to find the right pieces in the quantities required to create the kits for all of Pallet Trader’s employees, and we had to do so within the given timeframe.

Designing the Custom Pallet Trader Lego Kit by Tyler Clites
Designing the Custom Pallet Trader Lego Kit by Tyler Clites

The model heavily relied on large white panels to construct the trailer walls. These panels provided a sleek and lightweight solution, but sourcing thousands of them in time to meet the client’s deadline was no easy feat. It took several weeks of careful planning and coordination to ensure we had all the necessary pieces ready for assembly.

Branding and Custom Decals

Another challenge we faced was incorporating Pallet Trader’s branding into the LEGO kit. While LEGO offers a wide variety of elements, creating custom branding with bricks alone can be difficult. To overcome this, we opted to use special decals that could be applied to the sides of the trailer.

Pallet Trader Lego Truck with Branding and Custom Decals

The use of custom decals allowed us to seamlessly integrate Pallet Trader’s logo and branding into the final design, creating a cohesive and professional look that perfectly represented their company.

Assembly and Packaging

Once we had sourced all the necessary LEGO elements and created the custom decals, it was time to assemble the kits and package them for distribution. This process required careful attention to detail to ensure that each kit was complete and ready for Pallet Trader’s employees to enjoy.

Pallet Trader Lego Kit with Packaging

We carefully sorted the pieces and packaged them in custom boxes, along with instructions for assembling the model. The end result was a stunning custom LEGO kit that showcased Pallet Trader’s brand and served as a testament to the hard work and dedication of their employees.

The Impact of Custom Employee Gifts

Creating custom employee recognition gifts, like the LEGO kit we designed for Pallet Trader, can have a significant impact on employee morale and engagement. Research published on Forbes found that companies with effective recognition programs had 31% lower voluntary turnover rates than those without.

By investing in unique and thoughtful employee-of-the-year gifts, companies can show their appreciation for their team’s hard work and foster a positive workplace culture. The Pallet Trader custom LEGO kit is a prime example of how a creative and personalized approach to employee recognition can make a lasting impression.


Collaborating with Pallet Trader to create their custom LEGO kit was an incredible experience. Despite the challenges of sourcing elements and incorporating branding, the final product was a resounding success. The kit not only served as a memorable employee of the year gift but also showcased the power of custom LEGO designs in creating unique and engaging experiences for clients and their teams.

As a LEGO master, I’m passionate about helping companies create one-of-a-kind LEGO experiences that leave a lasting impact on their employees and customers. Whether you’re looking to design a custom employee recognition gift, like the kit we created for Pallet Trader, or you have another creative LEGO project in mind, I’m here to help bring your vision to life. With years of experience and a dedication to delivering exceptional results, I’m confident that we can work together to create something truly special.

If you’re interested in exploring the possibilities of custom LEGO designs for your company, don’t hesitate to reach out – I’d be thrilled to discuss your ideas and help you take the first steps toward making them a reality.