LEGO Maniac's Coolest
Home Video Contest
  • LEGO Systems, Inc.
  • D.L. Blair, Inc.
LEGO Mania Magazine
Start Date March 2000
End Date May 22, 2000
Video competitions hosted by The LEGO Group
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The LEGO Maniac's Coolest Home Video Contest was a video contest hosted officially by The LEGO Group via the LEGO Mania Magazine in 2000. The aim of the contest was for entrants to submit a "cool LEGO video", displaying an original creation. Though not specifically a brickfilm contest, brickfilms did rank among the winners and other semi-finalists.

History Edit

The LEGO Maniac's Coolest Home Video Contest was announced in the March - April 2000 issue of the LEGO Mania Magazine. The stated aim of the contest was for entrants to "create a video, no longer than 2 minutes in length, showing and describing your "Coolest LEGO experience."" Videos were required to feature an original LEGO creation. The contest was open to U.S. residents aged 5 and over. Entries were required to be submitted by mail on VHS, along with the entry form distributed in the magazine, and they had to be received by May 22 in order to be eligible.

Judging and prizes Edit


The trophy, depicting the LEGO Maniac mascot

Prelimary judging was handled by D.L. Blair, Inc., an independent judging organization. 50 videos were selected as semi-finalists, which were then judged by LEGO Systems to determine the three grand prize winners. Entries were judged based on originality and creativity of the video, weighted at 35%, entertainment, weighted at 35%, and the use of LEGO components as demonstrated in the video, weighted at 20%.[1] People who created the videos chosen as semi-finalists were sent a VHS tape compilation of the semi-finalists.

The prize for the three grand prize winners was a 5-day trip for four to LEGOLAND California in July 2000, to attend an event called The LEGO Maniac Kidvention. This also included accomodation, transportation, and $500 spending money. The prize was valued at $6000 total. The winners were presented with brick-built trophies at the event.

Winning videos and other semi-finalists from the contest were played at locations around LEGOLAND during the Kidvention. There was also a hands-on sneak preview of the LEGO Studios Steven Spielberg Movie Maker Set.[2]

Winners Edit

The three grand prize winners of the contest were the first two minutes of the film The Mysterious Secret Treasure of the Lost Pyramid by Greg Perry, and unknown videos by Keith McDaniel and Joel Gautraud.[3]

Two other known semi-finalists are A Day at the Races X by David Pagano and My Coolest LEGO Mindstorms Robot Program by Steve Putz.[4] It is believed that the brickfilms Ghost Train and The Construction Project, both by Greg Perry, were also semi-finalists.


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