Houseguest | Jeremiah Boehr, Lego master model builder in Kansas City

Updated: 2012-12-30T05:04:36Z


The Kansas City Star

Q. Tell us about your home.

A. It’s an apartment near the Plaza.

Q. I see besides Lego bricks that you have another passion (motioned to a life-size cardboard Capt. Kirk).

A. “Star Trek.” Did you see all of the Hallmark ornaments on the tree? Also “Star Trek.”

Q. Is that large gray Lego creation in the corner of your dining room “Star Trek”-related?

A. Yes, it’s the USS Kelvin. It fuses together my two passions: “Star Trek” and Lego. There are Lego “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings” sets, but not “Star Trek.” I’ve been working on it for years. When I have friends over and they accidentally bump into it and pieces go everywhere, they freak out. I’m like, it’s Lego. It doesn’t break.

Q. Where do you get all of these gray Lego bricks from?

A. I’m always hunting for deals. Bricklink ( is good for brick in bulk.

Q. Besides Lego and “Star Trek,” what are your favorite things in your home?

A. The bear-shaped coffee table (it has a bear at the base with a round glass top). “Bear” is how my last name is pronounced, and this belonged to my parents. Also, I love the piano. I don’t play but I have friends who do, so they play when they come over.

Q. How do you entertain friends?

A. We have poker nights and watch movies.

Q. Your bedroom is like a Lego shrine. (The scene: a feature wall of shelves is devoted to Lego ships and buildings. A parody poster says “Keep Calm and Check the Carpet” with an illustration of a stray Lego brick on the floor.) I like how you have the Lego Minifigures displayed in printers drawers.

A. There’s a print tray cabinet at River Market Antique Mall I want, but it’s expensive. About $200. Well, I guess it’s not that expensive.

Q. I’m guessing Santa brought lots of kids Lego sets. As a parent of two little Lego fans, tell me how to organize all the bits and pieces. I’m constantly stepping on stray bricks.

A. In my office at Legoland, I have a $2,000 shelving system — it’s ideal but not ideal for home use! At home, bead drawers that are used for jewelry-making, cosmetic cases and tool drawers work well. Organize by color and type.

An easy way to keep ongoing Lego projects tidy for the kids and tidy for Mom and Dad is for kids to work on top of a fitted sheet. Then, when he or she is done, just scrunch up the sheet until later.

Q. Nice! I love the fitted sheet tip. Any other inside information on Lego?

A. One of the things I hear sometimes is that people like the Lego sets from yesteryear that weren’t themed. I try to get across the point that specialty pieces have multiple purposes. Binoculars don’t have to be binoculars. They can be an engine exhaust. Use your imagination — that’s the beauty of Lego.

To reach Stacy Downs, House + Home editor and writer, call 816-234-4780 or send email to Follow her at

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