Piece by piece Daniel Ng brings the city to life in Lego.
The Toronto Police Service Auxiliary Officer, known as @LegoCopGTA on Twitter, started making Lego law-enforcement officers several years ago as a hobby.
“I do it for fun… I saw other cities had Lego characters,” said Ng, who initially shared a few figures with officers at 43 Division, where he volunteers as an Auxiliary officer. “They appreciated the creativity and one of them even mentioned that it was the best Christmas present she had ever received.”
The TTC streetcar operator was encouraged by his wife to share the work via social media.
“She thought it would be a good idea for me to share some of my great photos and that’s how this really took off,” he said.
He uses his account to educate people about the roles of police and to put out public-safety messages. He has since expanded to more emergency services, civilian and Auxiliary policing roles as well as depictions of TTC employees. He draws inspiration from his work navigating the city as a streetcar operator, a job he loves.
Ng recently surprised Human Resources Constable Sinderela Chung with her own Lego figure, after her brother, Constable Yong Sul Chung, reached out to him to make a Lego cop in his sister’s likeness.
“I read about what he’s doing and started following him on social media,” said Chung. “I wanted to meet him and here he is, in person, with a Lego depicting me. This is a big surprise and it has made my day.”
He said each Lego cop takes about half an hour to put together and other police services in the province have called on him for requests.