The award-winning LEGO Masters spaceship will be on display at NASA

September 22 2022

The LMFD Galactic Fire Station heading to the NASA launch site in Florida.

The winning build from the astronaut-studded “LEGO Masters” season premiere, which aired Wednesday (September 21) on FOX, LFMD was named the best custom spaceship among the 12 competing teams’ creations. Firefighters Stephen Joe and Stephen Casely built the craft, which will soon be on display at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center visitor complex.

“I can’t believe this is actually something that’s happening,” Casely said in an interview with CollectSPACE. “It’s a surreal feeling knowing it’s going to be shown to thousands of people to come see.”

After just 13 hours to create a spacecraft that can dock with the oversized LEGO space station but also show the judges something about their team, Cassley and Joo have designed the LMFD – or LEGO Masters Fire Department – to resemble an iconic symbol associated with their profession.

“We decided to go with a very iconic image of the Maltese cross, which is on all firefighter uniforms around the world,” Joe said on the show.

Built primarily of red brick with yellow and clear portions as the protruding material, the LMFD required building techniques that were a first for Stevens.

“This connection has to be a technic,” Casely said, referring to LEGO’s line of more advanced building sets. “That’s the only way we’ll get the strength out.”

“This isn’t my cockpit, so I’m a little hesitant to use things like that,” Joe said as he and Cassley continued building.

As the hours counted down, host Will Arnett and Brickmasters (and LEGO staff) Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard welcomed some surprise guests to the team. Marking the T-5, the show is joined via video by NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn aboard the real International Space Station (Marshburn was most recently aboard the orbiting outpost from November 2021 through May this year).

“We are excited to see what ideas the LEGO Masters experts are working on today,” said Marshbourne.

The contestants were also visited on set by NASA astronaut Jessica Meir.

“She came in with the stewards and Will at some point and had a look at what we were doing. Mostly she was watching, but she gave us some feedback at the time and we combined some of her thoughts on having people inside [the LMFD] And they have stories and so on,” Joo told CollectSPACE.

Those details became apparent when the team described their intention on the show.

“This cruciform-shaped Maltese spacecraft flies faster than any hook and ladder, putting out fires across the galaxy,” Joe said.

“In between calls, the onboard firefighters can have some fun by playing darts or bringing in our adorable donations,” Casely added.

Competing with other teams’ designs, including spaceships that resemble a doctor’s medical bag, an intergalactic garden, and a mango and dance club, LMFD has been selected for its creativity and building strength.

“You put a huge model together,” said Berard. “And the fact that you have those great looks together really tells us who you are as a team.”

Joo and Cassley, who are based in Canada, hope to see the LMFD again when it is shown at NASA.

“That’s my plan to play,” Joe said. “I have three very active kids and they also have my wife, so I hope we can take a family trip to Florida.”