January 13, 2016 9:34 pm
Updated: January 15, 2016 8:46 pm

Vancouver man creates awesome Lego replicas of local landmarks

WATCH: A Vancouver man is using Lego to create remarkable replicas of some of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Randene Neill introduces us to Johnahan Vaughn and finds out how he got turned on to Lego.

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VANCOUVER – They call themselves AFOLs and Johnathon Vaughn became an Adult Fan Of Lego about a year-and-a-half ago, when a friend started posting pictures of a Lego van he was building.

“I went down to the Lego store at Oakridge and I bought the box, brought it home and built my own VW van,” Vaughn said. “And that’s when I went down the rabbit hole and became intrigued with Lego.”

Since then, Vaughn had built his own pieces, or MOCs (My Own Custom) in Lego-speak. He built replicas of local landmarks like Save On Meats, the Gastown steam clock, and Blood Alley. Soon after he built a replica of Pacific Central Station near Terminal Avenue, he caught the eye of VIA Rail.

“It was adorable when they called because they were worried I had already deconstructed the piece,” Vaughn said.

They were so thrilled with it, Vaughn is giving them the Lego building for their upcoming 100-year anniversary.

For Vaughn, the fun is in the building.

“I am a process-driven individual. I enjoy the creativity and making as a builder and a designer. So when someone asks me what’s my favourite piece, I always say the ‘next one’.”

Vaughn says he usually gets bored of his hobbies after a couple of years. But he still plans for more Lego creations. His most ambitious project will see him replicate big chunks of his favourite neighbourhood — Gastown.

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