Parker Erickson, building a hobby

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Parker Erickson poses with his largest set, a 4,000+ piece Star Destroyer.

Jonny Clubb, Writer

Having been involved in many activities from 4-H to OHS Magnet to youth groups at his church, Parker Erickson has always had something going on. One thing that has never lost its joy for him is LEGOs.  From a young age Erickson has been enthralled with building things. He enjoys working with his hands and doing things that challenge him. At around three or four years old Erickson began building with larger blocks called Duplos, and progressed to smaller blocks from there. Erickson said, “My parents said one of their favorite stories is that they were lucky enough to have kids who didn’t shove LEGOs up their nose.” 

As Erickson grew, so did the sizes of the sets he was building. When he was younger he built anything he could get his hands on, play with it for a while, and then take it apart and stash it in color coded bins. Erickson remembers having some LEGO Atlantis sets that are now worth quite a bit. He said, “I look back and they don’t make that series anymore, so I kind of regret taking all of those apart.” However, Erickson’s favorite sets to build come from the LEGO Star Wars series. One of those sets is the Millenium Falcon. Erickson said, “When I built my Millennium Falcon I had to have been maybe 10 or 11 and I built that thing in two hours. Everyone was so surprised because my grandma got it for me and I sat there at the table and put it together and a couple hours later, I showed it to them and they weren’t even done watching their movie yet.”

Sets that I have gotten as gifts and put together and taken back apart are easily thousands, and everyone’s been telling me they’ve spent close to hundreds of thousands of dollars on all of these LEGOs that I’ve gotten throughout my life.”

— Parker Erickson

Most recently, Erickson built his largest set yet, a 4,000+ piece Star Destroyer. The model is 4-ft long and a “beast of a ship.” Erickson completed the set in a fraction of the time other builders online took. While most builders took over 48 hours, he took just 24 hours and even that tested his patience. 

Over the years Erickson said he has collected over 1,000 sets, and that number does not come easily. Erickson said, “Sets that I have gotten as gifts and put together and taken back apart are easily thousands, and everyone’s been telling me they’ve spent close to hundreds of thousands of dollars on all of these LEGOs that I’ve gotten throughout my life.” Erickson doesn’t just build sets. He also builds freehand and creates his own designs. He said, “One of my favorite things I built is that I built Nick Fury his own custom car. It came as a set, but then I kind of disassembled it a little bit and made it, in my eyes, cooler.”

Looking ahead Erickson hopes to expand his collection by purchasing the LEGO Star Wars Death Star. Erickson plans on going to a one-year technical program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona for auto mechanics. He hopes to bring his passion for LEGOs with him, as it helped develop him into the patient, hard working person he is today.