About Our Founder
Christopher Gearhart founded Bricker Builds in October of 2020 with a vision to bring new value to the LEGO community. His passion for the LEGO system dates back to his early childhood, from building from his imagination, to designing LEGO tabletop strategy games and running a stop motion animation YouTube channel called Bricks Brought to Life.
Christopher's personal mission in life is to inspire others, grow leaders and creatives, and provide for those in his care from a place of strength, humility, and love. Bricker Builds has been an unexpected hobby-turned-business opportunity to do that.
Christopher is now focused on the mission and growth of the Bricker Builds brand, in addition to working as a software developer for the United States government developing new security technologies.
How did the idea for Bricker Builds come about?
Christopher developed a LEGO modeling and animation software called Bricker during his undergraduate studies at Taylor University. The software allowed him to create expansive landscapes and unique animated effects (such as water, fire, or explosions) entirely out of LEGO bricks. His goal was to achieve new and ambitious visuals for his stop motion animations, but it would soon grow into a sculpture design tool foundational to the Bricker Builds brand.
In May of 2020, Christopher designed a 332nd Clone Helmet with Bricker to commemorate the Season 7 finale of the Clone Wars. To his surprise, a photo of the helmet as well as a Darth Maul sculpture gained unexpected popularity, and within a handful of hours he had received dozens of DMs and comments on Instagram requesting building instructions.
Inspired by the response on Instagram, Christopher spent the next few months improving his software, laying the groundwork for the Bricker Builds website, and developing an initial product line of 10 life-sized sculptures (including clone helmets, a Dark Lord Maul bust, and three saber hilts).
On October 30th, 2020, after many long months of planning and development, the Bricker Builds brand and online sales platform launched! It quickly gained significant traction across social media, news, and the LEGO® community.
The brand is now widely known for its ambitious design projects, significant social media presence, and personal engagement with the community at conventions across the United States.
Meet Christopher at a Local Bricker Builds Booth Experience!
Christopher loves to connect with fellow and aspiring LEGO® brick artists and fans of Bricker Builds. Join our Bricker Builds Discord Community and ask him questions, suggest new product ideas, or see what convention he is planning to attend next. Christopher often joins the team as the Bricker Builds booth experience tours the United States, and eventually abroad. His home convention is Brickworld Chicago, where he has been attending since he was 12 years old, so you can usually count on meeting him there.