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Legoland Florida’s BrickPony Arrives at its Permanent Home
The Florida attraction unveils the 1964 ½ Mustang replica built from famous Lego building bricks
Last month we brought you the news of Lego’s Master Builders tackling the build of a full size Ford Mustang that was destined for the Legoland Florida Resort [www.legoland.com/florida] in Winter Haven, Florida in early October. If you missed that story you can read it HERE. That story was from our brief visit with the car, dubbed the BrickPony, when it was debuted at the MCA 40th anniversary show in Indy over Labor Day weekend 2016. Admirers in Indy included Gale Halderman, a member of the design team for the original Mustang, and NASCAR legend Richard Petty. Both men autographed BrickPony while it was on display in Indy as well.
The official unveiling of the BrickPony happened on Saturday October 1st, 2016 at Legoland’s Florida location and we were invited to attend the ceremonies. The Mustang was introduced to a select group of local Mustang owners, media, VIP guests, and their families along with the Southern Ford Dealers, a longtime sponsor of Legoland Florida. The BrickPony, a full size replica of a 1964½ Mustang hardtop, replaces a Ford Explorer that had been the center of the Ford Driving School attraction since the park and the Ford Driving School attraction opened on October 15th, 2011.
The Lego Mustang replica was designed and built by Master Builders at LEGO Systems, Inc., in Enfield, Connecticut. Altogether, the team has more than 30 years of experience creating dazzling Lego models seen all over the world. The Lego Mustang is made of 194,900 standard Lego bricks and Duplo bricks and measures more than 15 feet long, nearly six feet wide and more than four feet tall. It weighs 1,712 pounds, of which 960 pounds are LEGO bricks and 752 pounds is its flat, aluminum chassis. An interesting note to mention is that these are all standard bricks found in any Lego or Duplo construction kit. The Master Builders do not manufacture custom bricks for a project like this.
For the first time in a build of a life-size Lego vehicle, the Master Builders added a few treats under BrickPony’s hood for those that come to visit Legoland Florida. These include a virtual horn and the sounds of a real Mustang engine, plus working headlights and taillights. The system is in the “trunk” of the Mustang and features a waterproof amplifier system, sound board with remote, and a speaker mounted at the front of the display. The whole thing is powered via two real automotive batteries, also housed in the trunk.
See the incredible detail that went into the Lego build in the following photos and enjoy the time lapse build video that encompasses 1,200 build hours that Legoland Florida shared with us as well!