As job descriptions go, it takes some beating. With Japan's first Legoland Discovery Center preparing to open in the Decks Tokyo Beach shopping mall in Odaiba, a call has gone out for a 'master builder' to front the enterprise. Job requirements: must like working with kids and playing with Lego.
It's an unorthodox job, and one that comes with an unorthodox recruitment process. Applications are being taken online and by email, but also via the official Facebook (www.facebook.com/LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenterTokyo) and Twitter (@legolandtokyo) accounts, and candidates who pass the interview stage will have to prove their mettle at a final 'build off' judged by a panel including 'Lego certified professional builder' Junpei Mitsui. Yes, there really is such a thing as a Lego certified professional builder.
The winner of this faintly bizarre spectacle – and we're expecting nothing less than the Kenzo Tange of interlocking plastic bricks – will get to work at the new Discovery Center, where their job will involve conducting master classes with kids and creating the elaborate models that decorate the premises.
In case you aren't familiar with Legoland Discovery Centers, they're essentially pint-sized versions of the Lego theme parks found in Denmark, Germany, the UK and US. The attractions include jungle gyms, 4D cinemas and tot-friendly roller coasters, but it's the Lego that's given centre stage. Kids can play with mountains of bricks, hone their art in classes with the aforementioned master builder, and gawp at a fully functioning Lego city in the Miniland zone. Parents, meanwhile, just tend to watch from afar and then bitch on Tripadvisor afterwards about how expensive everything was. But hey, you can't please everyone.
The deadline for applications is February 29. The Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo is due to open in mid-June.