Camden children try to, but can’t, top world record for tallest Lego tower

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff
Posted May 18, 2011, at 7:04 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — Last month thousands of Brazilian children broke the world record for the tallest Lego tower at 102 feet. On Wednesday, 20 Camden children — despite their best efforts — couldn’t top it.

“It took a cherry picker to do the biggest one [in Brazil]. My mom saw it on Google. She showed me. It looked hard,” said Rex Radford, 6, of Belfast.

Indeed.

Perhaps the largest tower built at the Camden library Lego Lovers Club meeting Wednesday afternoon was a respectable 3-foot-tall piece, complete with guard, rocket launcher and roof, stacked by 9-year-old Jesse Bifulco of Camden.

“I’m good at making stable things,” Jesse said. “Mine has a lot of bases to make it stable.”

Every three to five inches up the skinny tower, Jesse sculpted large, wide platforms. This, he asserted, is absolutely necessary.

Rex and Sam Skovran, 6, of Camden sat on the carpeted library floor next to Jesse. Sam’s tower had just crumbled into a pile of plastic bricks.

“It’s not a tower anymore. It’s a broken submarine now,” Sam said.

“My tower is done,” Rex replied.

“You could make it touch the ceiling,” Sam said, looking at Rex’s 2-foot-tall masterpiece.

“No. I’m only this tall,” Rex replied as he stood up.

Sam suggested Rex get a machine to build it taller for him, like they did in Brazil last month.

“The library doesn’t have a machine,” Rex said.

True.

The Lego Lovers Club meets once a month. To see when the next meeting is, visit librarycamden.org.

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