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Photos: Brick by brick in Lego competition

Contestants vie to become a master model builder at Legoland California.
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Finding treasure

Jarad Barkdoll delicately crafts his one-of-a-kind creation Thursday in San Francisco at a regional competition of the Legoland Master Model Builder contest.

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Octopus and treasure

Barkdoll places his octopus next to his treasure chest.

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Posting with octopus

Barkdoll poses with his model of an octopus breaking into a treasure chest full of gold. His model won him a spot in the finals of the Legoland Master Model Builder competition.

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Squawk

Robin Dodd puts the finishing touches on his design.

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Parrot and creator

Although he did not make the finals, Dodd came close with his model of a parrot complete with flapping wings.

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Lego selection

Rob Howland searches to find the Lego pieces he needs to complete his treasure chest.

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Keep it up

Barkdoll (left) and Howland work to complete their entries before their one-hour time limit is up.

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Lego focus

Halfway through the competition, competitors Matthew Riffel (left) and Dodd stay focused on their entries.

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