LEGO is in her blood, says Amy Corbett, the TV star and designer whose day job involves inventing sets for the world’s most famous toy, and whose ‘other’ career is judging on hit show Lego Masters USA.

But it was not always that way.

“There was a time when I was growing up that Lego didn’t seem exciting or relevant to me,” explains the former Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art student.

“When I was younger, me and my brother played with Lego all the time – we had that big box of bricks every household has – inventing whole worlds and stories…but when I got older, I just fell ‘out’ of it.

“Then I got the job, and the chance to be a judge on the USA version of the show – and that has really re-ignited my passion. I love to build sets other people design, I come up with design ideas in my free time....I just love it.”

Amy with fellow judge Jamie and host Will Arnett on the set of Lego Masters USA

Amy with fellow judge Jamie and host Will Arnett on the set of Lego Masters USA

She smiles; “I was absolutely blown away by the enthusiasm, and love, for Lego these builders have – it is amazing.”

Lego Masters USA is the Stateside version of a hit show made by Glasgow and London-based production company Tuesday’s Child.

British audiences are still waiting on a third series, but it has already started to pop up in countries around the world, including France, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The UK programme, which is hosted by Melvin Odoom, is a sweet, family-friendly competition involving children and adults who compete each week on a different themed build.

The US version is supersized, adults-only, still family-friendly but with added emotion, plus massive, ambitious builds that take hours; and Batman Movie star Will Arnett as host.

“It is so much fun to work on,” smiles Amy, who grew up in Uplawmoor, a small village a few miles south of Glasgow.

“It was a completely different world for me – I’d never been in a studio before, and suddenly I’m standing there, in front of 14 cameras, and there are wardrobe teams and make-up – a lot of craziness, a lot of emotions.”

She explains: “They were keen to have really big builds, which is why the decision was taken not to involve children this time.

“Also, it’s hard enough sending builders home each week – I would NOT want to do that to children, it would be so terrible.”

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The show is being screened here on E4 on Tuesdays at 9pm and already, the drama has been ramped up, with space-themed builds that had to be spectacularly destroyed; models sliced in two that had to be rebuilt and reimagined; build disasters of all shapes and sizes, and some fairly tense arguments between emotionally overwrought contestants.

Host Arnett, the voice of Lego Batman, is the hilarious host, keeping it funny and light amidst all the drama.

Brickmaster Amy is the voice of reason, working alongside fellow judge and Lego design lead Brickmaster Jamie Berard, who was an AFOL (Adult Fan of Lego) before he turned professional.

Amy ‘loved being creative’ at school (she was a pupil at Eastwood High in Newton Mearns).

“I liked drawing, but I also enjoyed maths and science and I knew I wanted to study something that would encompass both,” she explains.

“I found out there was a product design engineering course run between Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art which was perfect.

“Every project I worked on I added a twist, I was always wanting to create something playful and fun, add a family friendly element.

“It was actually a friend who suggested to me I should work for Lego, and I applied, and got the job.”

That was eight years ago, and Amy is now Senior Design Manager, based at Lego HQ in Denmark.

She helped design the Lego Friends range, and worked on the concept team for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

Her current project is Lego Dots, which puts a Lego spin on crafting by letting young builders-in-training customise everything from jewellery to picture frames.

Then, the chance to be part of Lego Masters USA came up.

“I’d heard about the TV show in the UK, so when the USA version came up, I just thought it sounded like a really cool thing to be part of,” says Amy.

“The teams work so hard every week and what they come up with, the levels of creativity and ambition never cease to amaze me.

“They keep so cool under pressure, it just blows me away.”

Amy lives in Aarhus on the Jutland peninsula’s east coast.

“It’s a lovely little city by the sea and I cycle around, and have recently taken up paddleboarding,” she smiles.

“Usually I love to travel but of course, that hasn’t been possible.

“I can’t wait to get back to Glasgow – it’s been almost a year and a half, which has been really hard, but hopefully things are improving and I’ll get back soon.”

Now that filming on season two has finished for Amy, she is back at the day job.

She is continuing to work on Lego Dots, and the company has recently released its first LGBTQ set, Everyone is Awesome.

“Lego does think everyone is awesome, and we are always about love and acceptance, wherever you are in the world and whoever you are,” she adds.

“Lego bricks mean something to everyone, all over the world. We are always re-inventing the creative experience.”

Amy heads up a team of 10 designers at Lego headquarters in Billund in Denmark.

“It is really exciting, and I suppose it is a little bit like being a judge on the show,” she says, adding with a laugh.

“But much less frantic, and without quite so many brick puns…”