Building Dreams

By : Brenda Tan
09 October 2014

After reading about The Lego Architect, I was really excited to check out the creations of another Lego enthusiast, Gene Tan, when I heard about his home business.

Meet full-time tutor, Gene, who runs a home based small scale business selling Lego creations from his 5-room HDB flat in Bukit Gombak, where he lives with his wife and three children. Gene has always been a Lego fan and spent a large part of his childhood (and adulthood) playing with Lego bricks, transforming these coloured plastic pieces into products of his creativity and imagination.

So, how did it all begin?

It all started when Gene, the excited father, decided to make a custom Lego minifigure of his daughter in her new school uniform on her first day of school. After uploading a photo of it on his Facebook account, it gained positive attention from family and friends. Word soon spread and he started receiving enquiries from the public to create custom-build Lego minifigures for various functions and reasons.

Gene finds great joy in recreating and rebuilding memories for himself and others. “People have been relying on 2D photos to reminisce the good ol’ days, but can you imagine how they’d feel about having a 3D structure with corridors and stairs, that their personalised Lego minifigures can climb up or walk down all over again? The effect is definitely much more profound!” he exclaimed enthusiastically. Some of his notable custom Lego projects include the Dragon playground at Toa Payoh Lorong 6, the Sentosa Monorail, as well as the Methodist Girls’ School (MGS) clock tower, all of which he found meaningful, with the many happy moments forged upon and around them.


The old Sentosa Monorail

MGS 100 Steps

Themed Playgrounds

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