It’s been a number of months since I’ve interviewed a builder, so let’s go again! The LEGO community is full of people doing amazing things with LEGO, and it’s really hard to keep up with it all. The Builder Spotlight series aims to highlight not only some incredible MOCs, but the builders themselves, and their inspirations. I was recently able to interview Malin Kylinger. Her book related build The Legend of Anendra was recently featured on this site, and I loved it so much I was able to ask her a few more questions!
Tell me a bit about yourself!
Hi, my name is Malin Kylinger! I’m 35 years old and live in the middle of Sweden. I’m a new member of the Swedish LUG Swebrick. I live in the countryside in a brick house together with my husband and two kids.
How did your love of LEGO come about, and how long have you been a fan?
I have been a fan of LEGO as long as I can remember. My brother who is 6 years older than me had some LEGO and I always longed to play with it. I loved playing with My Little Pony and almost all toys, but was also very aware of the whole social limitations of “girl” and “boy” toys. So, for the first part of my life LEGO was associated more with longing than playing.
Did you go through the dreaded Dark Ages, and if so, what brought you out?
So, I had no real Dark Age but I needed a trigger and that was my first son who loved DUPLO and DUPLO TOOLO. I found a Swedish LEGO Facebook group that allowed people to buy and sell used and new LEGO and I started buying some small sets for my son and got involved. Now I’m one of the admins!
I started hanging out in the wonderful Swedish Facebook Community for AFOLs and was inspired to start building in the spring of 2017. Since I have a long familiarity with crafts and design I could use that experience in building LEGO and I just fell in love! In the fall I became a member of Swebrick and exhibited my builds for the first time in the end of April 2018 at Swebrick’s big exhibition in Huskvarna.
Do you have a favourite LEGO theme or MOC subject matter?
I love almost every theme because I love the different worlds, but I favour Elves because of the colours. However I much prefer minifigures compared to mini-dolls. I love to create after my own imagination and use the bricks as a medium. Often a minifigure is my starting point to an idea that then blossoms to a concept and a story. I aspire that my builds have an impression of colours, a more adult look but still creative and somewhat playful. My love for nature seems to almost always come to fore and I love trees especially.
Do you have a favourite MOC (of your own)?
As I started to build MOCs recently I only have a few to choose from but my latest MOC: The Legend of Anendra is easily my favourite one. It was the first build that I allowed myself to go all-in with, and really build everything I wanted. I love both books and fantasy so when I got the inspiration to show how a story comes to life from a book I just started building.
Any challenges in building it?
Several! As I am a trial-and-error kind of builder I had to build and rebuild parts of the build so many times to get it just right. The book was very challenging and I gave up several times but encouragement from my husband and AFOL friends helped me to continue. The lettering and the stability of the book was hardest to achieve and there’s still room for improvement. I think stability is one of the biggest challenges and often has a great impact on the look, but that is a price you have to pay if you want to bring builds to exhibitions.
How long did it take to build?
From idea to finished build it took me 7 weeks. I often get a bit obsessed when building and use every free moment to build.
How many elements are there in that MOC?
I have no idea! There are a lot of small parts as builds with nature in them often have.
Any favourites from other builders?
There are several builders that inspire me, all in different ways.
Full Plate (Emil Lidé)
There is no one that does nature better than Emil. I had the fortune of hearing him describing his techniques and to get a look at his amazing builds at Swebricks big exhibition. He really has his own style of building and a really creative mind.
It’s Oscar that inspired me to write down the story about my build as he skilfully does about his own builds. He has all different kinds of builds that all inspire in their ingenuity.
Filip is another great Swedish builder that excel in building in a style that really makes the minifigures come to life in his builds. Look at all the details in his House of the Inventor build!
I really love LEGO as a medium for art and if you feel the same you have to experience timofey_tkachev´s build: And There Will Be Blood.
What are you working on next?
I have one small and one big project buzzing in my head now, both of them inspired by minifigures I randomly saw and bought. The big project probably has to wait until the fall but I hope to start building on my smaller project soon.
Any advice for fellow LEGO fans?
Build MOCs after your own interest and passion, it is so much fun! Have the courage to just start and don’t be to hard on yourself if it doesn’t compare to the image in your mind. That will come if you practice and learn. Your LEGO hobby can both stimulate your creativity but also work as therapy for your mind and soul. Happy building!
Thank you so much for your time Malin! It’s been fantastic finding out more about your process, inspiration and your LEGO work!