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LEGO MASTERS Winners Amy and Tyler in the "Finale" season finale episode of LEGO MASTERS
L-R: Winners Amy and Tyler in the “Finale” season finale episode of LEGO MASTERS airing Wednesday, April 15 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Hey there, I’m Tyler Clites. You’re not alone if you’ve ever spent hours playing with LEGO, creating anything from spaceships to whole cities. My adventures in building with LEGO have been even more special. I get to share them with my partner in both life and LEGO, my wife, Amy. Together, we’ve tackled some wild challenges in the show “LEGO Masters,” by Fox turning simple bricks into pieces that tell a story or look amazing.

Amy and I make a great team on “LEGO Masters.” She’s got a knack for coming up with great ideas and making our projects look amazing while I focus on ensuring everything fits together just right. It’s this combination that’s helped us come up with some pretty awesome builds.

I want to share a bit about what it’s like to dive deep into LEGO building with someone you care about. Whether you’ve been building for years or are just starting to explore what you can do with a few LEGO bricks, I hope our story inspires you to get creative and maybe even build something awesome with someone you love.

 

Unorthodox Challenges in LEGO Masters

Unorthodox Lego Masters Challenges - Super Bridges
L-R: Contestants in the “Need for Speed / Super-Bridges” episode of LEGO MASTERS airing Wednesday, March 11 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

One of the most exhilarating aspects of LEGO Masters was facing the unorthodox challenges thrown our way. Each week, we were presented with tasks that pushed the boundaries of conventional LEGO building. From creating massive structures to intricate moving parts, these challenges required us to think outside the box—or, should I say, the brick. Embracing these unusual tasks, we learned to view LEGO as a toy and a versatile medium for artistic and engineering marvels.

 

Creativity on Demand

Tyler and Amy Clites demonstrates their creativity in LEGO Masters challenges.
L-R: Contestants Tyler and Amy in the “Storybook” episode of LEGO MASTERS. ©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

The show demanded creativity constantly. Being able to generate ideas quickly and adapt to new themes on the spot was crucial. Amy and I often drew inspiration from our shared experiences, passions, and each other. With each challenge, this ability to conjure creativity on demand was like a stronger muscle, enabling us to visualize and execute our ideas confidently.

 

Building Under a Time Limit

Tyler and Amy doing challenges in LEGO Masters.
L-R: Contestants Tyler and Amy in the “Good Vs. Evil” episode of LEGO MASTERS. ©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

The clock was always ticking, adding intense pressure to the building process. Time management became as important as the build itself. We had to balance ambition with feasibility, knowing when to scale back and when to push forward. This taught us the value of efficiency and decisiveness, invaluable skills in high-pressure situations.

 

Blending Creativity, Storytelling, and Technical Ability

Tyler and Amy Clites's Treasure of the Griffin Lego masters build

One of the keys to our success was blending creativity with storytelling and technical prowess. Each build was more than just a structure; it was a narrative, a slice of imagination made tangible. We strived to infuse our creations with stories that resonated with the judges and audience alike. Marrying the technical aspects of LEGO building with a compelling narrative was challenging, but it also made the process so rewarding.

 

Planning Out a Build for our LEGO Masters Challenges

Tyler and Amy Clites discussing their plans to the LEGO Master hosts.
L-R: Contestants Tyler and Amy with host Will Arnett and judge Amy Corbett in the “Mega City Block” episode of LEGO MASTERS ©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Every successful build began with a solid plan. We spent far longer than the other contestants sketching, discussing, and strategizing before placing a single brick. This critical planning phase allowed us to foresee potential challenges and refine our ideas. It was a testament to the power of teamwork and communication, as Amy and I constantly bounced ideas off each other, finding solutions and innovations together.

 

Competitive Builder Mindset for Every LEGO Masters Participants

Tyler and Amy Clites concentrating on LEGO Masters
LEGO MASTERS: L-R: Winners Tyler and Amy in the “Finale” season finale episode of LEGO MASTERS. ©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Lastly, embracing a competitive mindset was essential. While the camaraderie among contestants was genuine, it was a competition at the end of the day. We had to stay focused and resilient and always aim to elevate our builds. The desire to win pushed us to exceed our limits, learn from each challenge, and grow as builders and individuals.

 

Wrapping Up our LEGO Masters Experience

Tyler and Amy Clites - LEGO Masters
LEGO MASTERS: L-R: Contestants Tyler and Amy in the “Movie Genres” episode of LEGO MASTERS. ©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Reflecting on our journey through LEGO Masters, it’s clear that the show was more than a competition. It was a celebration of creativity, passion, and the endless possibilities of LEGO. Winning was an incredible honor, but the true reward was the experience. The challenges we overcame, the skills we honed, and the joy of creating alongside my partner and best friend.

With our experience on LEGO Masters, we are working with companies and organizations in helping them use LEGO as a brand and marketing tool. Some are using it even for their team building activities and other company engaging activities. Contact to me to learn more how we can incorporate LEGO into your company needs.