LEGOLAND® California Resort’s Model Builders Battle for “CHI” in a Multi-City Challenge!
March 3, 2014

LEGO® Legends of Chima Water Park Presented by Cartoon Network Inspires Model Builder Challenge


CARLSBAD, California (Feb. 28, 2014) – LEGOLAND® California Resort is introducing a “Model Builder Challenge” as Master Model Builders Tim Sams and Rob McCarthy go “brick to brick” against each other while building LEGO® models based on the Resort’s new LEGO® Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network, opening Memorial Day weekend .

Builders in Model Shop

The first stop on the Model Builder Challenge is Denver, CO on March 8 at the Children’s Museum of Denver with the theme of “Lion’s Chi Temple.” The competition will continue onto Dallas, Santa Barbara, Phoenix and San Francisco.

As the Model Builder Challenge kicks-off , fans all over the world  have the chance to interact with each Model Builder via social media and provide suggestions, ask questions, show-off their own models as inspiration and cheer on their favorite builder. Fans can vote for either Tim (#BuilderTim) or Rob (#BuilderRob) to help their favorite builder win the ultimate prize: a magical LEGO orb of CHI.


“We are excited to be sharing a piece of LEGOLAND California Resort with our fans who are just as passionate about LEGO as we are,” said Sams. “And hopefully they’ll appreciate my passion and creativity as well and lead me to victory!”

Voting takes place on LEGOLAND California Resort’s Facebook page.  Fans are invited to come to each event to support their favorite Model Builder while seeing exclusive LEGO models for the new Water Park including a four-foot tall Legends of Chima character Laval, a giant orb of golden CHI plus a miniature version of the new Water Park.  In addition, guests have a chance to win tickets to visit the Resort to experience the new Chima Water Park by answering trivia questions at each event.

“I thought building and maintaining the more than 27,000 LEGO models in the Park was hard work, but that seems easy when competing against Tim,” said McCarthy. “But I think with my fans help and creativity, I’ll be able to create a unique model in every city that will make me the ultimate winner!”

Building 2

CHIMA Water Park is based on the LEGO® Group’s newest hit product “Legends of Chima,” where animal tribes battle in a mystical land for control of the precious energy source called “CHI.” The new Chima Water Park will be included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND Water Park which opened in 2010 as the world’s first LEGOLAND Water Park.

LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park and LEGOLAND® Hotel. All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, Pirate Reef and LEGO® Legends of Chima Water Park opening summer 2014. SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails. LEGOLAND Water Park features more than 7 slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River. The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, or kingdom plus more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the three-story hotel. LEGOLAND California Resort is part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator with more than 99 attractions, nine hotels/three holiday villages in 22 countries across four continents. For more information, visit: or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is a leading name in location-based, family entertainment.  Europe’s number one and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 99 attractions, nine hotels/three holiday villages in 22 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 54 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 22,000 employees.

Among Merlin’s attractions are  – SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The EDF Energy London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park Resort, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK, Siam Ocean World and Busan Aquarium.  All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit for more information.

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Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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