Lego with a local touch

Lego with a local touch

A hobby has turned into a lucrative business for some Singaporeans.

Take private tutor Gene Tan, for example. The 36-year-old used Lego to create a figurine dressed in the uniform of St James' Church Kindergarten for his daughter in January just for fun.

Four-year-old Talia, a Nursery 2 pupil at the kindergarten, was not the only one who was thrilled with his creation.

Mr Tan had posted pictures of the figurine on a Facebook page run by parents of the school in Dempsey. It was accompanied by a caption that said he would make more pieces for sale if he received enough "likes". He got 70 likes within one day.

Spurred on by the interest, Mr Tan set up a booth during a fun fair at the school in February and sold these uniform-clad figurines at $25 each. About 200 of them were snapped up at the one-day event, with the profits going to the school.

He then expanded on the collection by creating a miniature version of the school's main building. He added a school bus and figurines of the kindergarten's principal and a pastor of St James' Church, then sold the items as a set for $200 at another school event.

Word spread and now, eight months on, he has helped two other schools - Methodist Girls' School (MGS) and the Singapore Chinese Girls' School (SCGS) - to fashion miniature models of the school buildings out of Lego products. He also creates toy-sized models of wedding couples.

So far, he has sold several hundred miniature figurines and building sets inspired by the three schools. They are priced from $20 to $25 for a single figurine and $200 to $300 for a set, which includes a building.

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