Friends With Money #24: How these Brick Dads have cashed in on their love of Lego


Henry Pinto and Cade Franklin were the first-ever winners of the Lego Masters Australia TV series.

The show was a ratings hit and was also the beginning of a beautiful friendship for the two winners who have since released a book together - The Thrilling Adventures of Brick Dad - filled with dad jokes and illustrated with their own Lego builds.

Henry and Cade join Julia Newbould on the Friends With Money podcast to talk about the start of their friendship, the brick sets they won't let their kids play with, and how they're investing in Lego!

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Julia Newbould was editor-at-large and later managing editor of Money from November 2019 to February 2022. She was previously editor of Financial Planning and Super Review magazines; managing editor at InvestorInfo and at Morningstar Australia. Julia co-authored The Joy of Money, a book on women and personal finance. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney where she serves on the alumni council.

Lego Masters champion, Brick artist and author Henry Pinto is also the state director of one of Australia's largest property valuation firms - OPTEON. He has been a property valuer for almost 17 years and is an Associate of the Australian Property Institute. He graduated from Ultimo TAFE with an Advanced Diploma in Property Economics.

Cade Franklin is a Lego Masters winner, brick artist, author and independent game designer. He was a lead game designer on the critically acclaimed Oregon Trail for Apple Arcade which won AGDA (Australian Game Developers Association) Excellence in Mobile Games award in 2021, and lead game designer on the indie hit Hand of Fate 2, which won AGDA's coveted Game of the Year award in 2017. As a brick artist, Cade has completed a number of high-profile commissions including ALAND's Paramount of Parkes in 2020 and brand ambassador for Old El Paso Australia in 2021 for their Day of the Dead campaign. Cade Franklin graduated from Southbank Institute of Technology in 2007 with a Diploma of Multimedia.