GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The quest to be “LEGO Masters” is over for one Michigan team.

Dawn Sloboda, from Coopersville, and her brother, Jack Schwarz, from Ohio became the first team to be eliminated from FOX’s imaginative reality TV show on Tuesday night.

The siblings were in the bottom two after this week’s challenge along with Tim and Zach Croll, a father and son team from Gaylord.

“Although we didn’t get the outcome we hoped for, this is an experience we will have for life,” Schwarz said. “The people are awesome, and even though were competing against each other, it’s like we’re a family.”

This week, the teams were tasked with creating a “Hero Shot” build in which they had to develop a story based on a randomly selected mini-figurine and then have something blow up behind it.

Each team also randomly picked an element to help the explosion seem more dramatic including glitter, water, slime and colored dust. Teams were judged on staging and technical skills, as well as story and the spectacle of the explosion.

The last bit is where Sloboda and Schwarz fell short. Their build, “Opal the Jewel Thief,” was centered on the idea of the character being upset about a jewelry store only selling plastic jewelry. Upset, she decided to blow it up. However, when the judges hit the charges, only a small portion of the jewelry store wall came down.

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“We were looking for you to build, intentionally, things that could come apart,” Brickmaster Jamie Berard said. In retrospect, maybe you could have loosened up even more, or had more gems coming out during the explosion.”

Despite the early elimination, a tearful Sloboda was happy for the time spent with her brother.

“To be able to share it with my brother, I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with anyone else, she said.

The Crolls’ build, “World Domination,” also ran into trouble when a factory wall designed to explode and reveal a “POW” sign also malfunctioned. However, a pair of vials created by their character, the monster scientist, did explode, likely earning them another week.

“Kudos to you for taking a chance,” Brickmaster Amy Corbett said. “It’s just a shame the wall didn’t fall off in the end.”

The final Michigan team, married couple Maria and Philip Straatsma of Kentwood, rebounded from their bottom two appearance in the premiere to safely advance to the next round.

Their build centered around a cabaret singer who used a fountain to destroy the hotel he was singing at.

“I think you guys made a clever choice in your story when you got water. To make that fountain an absolute spectacle,” Corbett said.

New episodes of “LEGO Masters” air on FOX every Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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