Wednesday, October 26, 2011


No, really. That's what a spokesmouth for the "new" Legoland that opened last year just around the corner, in Winter Haven, said.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has taken into protective custody a giant Lego man who appeared on Siesta Key Public Beach on Wednesday.

A beachgoer found the “man” near Access 5 this morning, a sheriff's office news release said. He has tentatively been identified as “Ego Leonard,” the name on the back of his shirt. No one is sure how he arrived at the beach, whether he was placed there or if he washed up in the surf.

Mr. Leonard is about 8 feet tall, weighs approximately 100 pounds and is made of fiberglass. The only other identifying information was the writing on the front of his shirt which says “No Real Than You Are” and the number “8” on his back.

Mr. Leonard is being kept in a secure environment until his owner comes forward.

Representatives of the Legoland Florida theme park, which opened earlier this month in Winter Haven, told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that the giant Lego man doesn't belong to them:
"A spokeswoman for Legoland said the Lego man is a counterfeit and is not endorsed by Legoland or its parent company, Merlin Entertainments Group."
The mock-seriousness, and NYTimes style-book is a nice touch, I think. If I lived near-by, I might try to arrange to foster the young, large "Ego"...I have some experience...