84-year-old stays young by building Lego models

Posted: 10:50 AM, Jun 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-21 11:50:49-04

"Gonna have to do a little repair on this one," Bill Fields said to KSHB.

Bill Fields, 84, knows Legos aren't just for kids. Newsy's partners at  KSHB report Fields  began building things with the toys about 35 years ago.

Fields — who lives in a Kansas City, Missouri, retirement community — puts the Lego models he's built on display, including a Lego  replica of R2-D2  from "Star Wars" and a ferris wheel that actually rotates.

"You just dump 5,900 pieces out on the table and start hunting," Fields said.

The  Jackson County Advocate  reports Fields tries to stop by one of the Lego stores in New York City whenever he's there visiting family.

He's even trying to convince the company to start selling kits for its large-scale Lego models sprinkled around its stores, including one for its large Empire State Building.

Fields told KSHB that working with the Lego toys allows him to stay young.

"I think it keeps my mind active and also helps with my hands," Fields said.

In total, Fields has created more than 60 Lego models. It takes him about four days to build one.

This video includes clips from  Lego  and images from  Deepti Hari / CC BY 2.0  and  Loozrboy / CC BY SA 2.0 .

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