Lego Man Delivers Message and Washes Ashore

A Florida man was surprised as the Lego Man washes ashore in Siesta Key Village. Jeff Hindman has never seen a larger-than-life-sized Lego as locals watch as it washes ashore on the beach. However, people are scratching their heads as they try to figure out where he came from.

A spokeswoman for Legoland told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that it’s a counterfeit and is not endorsed by the company Merlin Entertainments Group.

The yellow and green shirt provides some clue to his country of origin. The plus-sized shirt is emblazoned with the phrase “No Real Than You Are,” the number 8 and the name of a Netherlands-based artist known as “Ego Leonard.” According to BoingBoing, similar sightings of this unusual character with analogous enigmatic messages were found on beaches in Holland in 2007 and England in 2008.

For now, the life-size toy has been taken into protective custody by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department until his owner steps forward. If no one claims him, after 90 days, Hindman gets to invoke the age old rule of finders keepers.

The toy bricks can be assembled and connected in several ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects. The toys were originally designed in the 1940s in Denmark and have achieved an international appeal, with an extensive subculture that supports movies, games, video games, competitions, and five theme amusement parks.

The popularity stems from what people can build and is demonstrated by its wide representation. In fact, it’s usage can be found in many forms of cultural works, including books, films and art work. It has even been used in the classroom as a teaching tool.

In 1998, Lego bricks were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York.

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