MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In this week’s Guest Pass, Matt Brickman takes us inside a LEGO lover’s dream: Brickmania in northeast Minneapolis.
“Between all the different clubs, there’s probably five million bricks in here,” said Brickmania owner, Dan Siskind. “And that’s probably a conservative guess.”READ MORE: For Derek Chauvin's Defense Attorney Eric Nelson, It's All About Raising Doubt
This is what can happen if you don’t give up your toys, just you’re a “grown up.”
Siskind was always a LEGO hobbyist, but 15 years ago bricks became his business.
“I found some LEGOs on clearance at a local toy store, and it was whole pallet of it, so I was like, ‘this is a great deal,'” Siskind said. “I bought a big pile of it, filled my van up, and was like ‘now what?’ So I decided I’m gonna make my own LEGO sets.”
Siskind built a blacksmith shop, that someone at LEGO saw and liked so much, they licensed his design and sold the creation with Siskind’s name on the box.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: As State Reaches 2 Million With First Vaccine Dose, MDH Reports 1,784 Cases, 13 Deaths Sunday
These days, Brickmania does dozens of custom builds with a big focus on military history.
Displays of all types fill their expansive northeast Minneapolis home. There’s a display depicting the Battle of Mogadishu, a model of northeast Minneapolis, complete with the old Grain Belt Brewery and a whole room devoted to trains.
Two Lego Train Clubs share space in Brickmania’s warehouse. And it’s all open to the public. A few days a week, you can get some inspiration from Brickmania’s creations and then, start building yourself.
“A lot of people have this sort of, ‘well, I played with them as a kid, I never thought to bring them out again’ and they come here, and they’re kind of like reliving their childhood,” Siskind said.MORE NEWS: State Patrol: No Arrests After Racers Found In Lowry Hill Tunnel Overnight
Hours for their free open houses can be found here.