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Photos: Going for the Lego gold

Lego fanatics gather in Southern California to test their brick-building skills.
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Mikhail Blokh

Los Angeles actor Mikhail Blokh contemplates which brick to add next during the first-round skill test Thursday at the Master Model Builder finals in Carlsbad, Calif. Blokh said the plastic bricks were his "fantasy place" as a child.

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Arthur Gugick

Arthur Gugick, a high school math teacher from Cleveland, made this Lego face during the first round of skill tests at the Master Model Builder competition in Legoland California.

On Tuesday, the finalists will square off in a two-hour "build-off" in which each will be tasked with building a model based on something they think would fit in well at the theme park.

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Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall, a finalist in Legoland California's Master Model Builder competition, poses with her bin of bricks. Hall is a 23-year-old insurance claim processor from Louisville, Ky.

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Jason Poland

Jason Poland, a recent college graduate from Houston, shows off his model after the first-round skill test. Poland also draws cartoons in his spare time.

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Building a face

Hall was one of eight members in the group of Master Model Builder competition finalists who had to build a face in a first-round skill test.

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Gugick shows off face

Gugick shows off his model of a face during the Master Model Builder competition at Legoland California.

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Blokh poses

After finishing his model of a face, Blokh poses for a picture.

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Gary McIntire

Master Model Builder competition finalist Gary McIntire poses with the model of a parrot that won him a spot in the finals after the regional event in Phoenix on March 17. McIntire, a 25-year-old construction professional from Highland, Utah, has been a Lego addict since age 4.

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