Huw and I were lucky enough to visit the LEGO House in Billund last week and we published some photos of our experience a couple of days ago.
We have now received more details about one of the most exciting aspects of the entire museum: the masterpiece gallery. This display space will house LEGO models made and inspired by fans, at the centre of which are three enormous dinosaurs built from Duplo, System and Technic parts.
A group of 26 AFOLs were invited to assist in the design of the three dinosaurs and they have been constructed at the Kladno modelshop in readiness for transport to the LEGO House. Each dinosaur will stand over three and a half metres tall when placed on its podium and are representative of the three current LEGO building systems.
The Duplo dinosaur is brightly coloured to reflect the fun and vibrant nature of LEGO Duplo. It contains 50,904 bricks, the fewest of the three, but is not lacking in detail as flowers dot the skin of the dinosaur and digger shovels form the claws. This technique was suggested by fans and shows that clever use of parts is not limited to System or Technic but can also be applied to Duplo.
The System dinosaur is the most realistic of the three, with an earthy colour scheme and plenty of textured detail. This model contains 253,274 pieces and incorporates traditional building techniques, although there are still many delightful features to be discovered, including highly detailed eyes with a piercing gaze.
The Technic dinosaur contains the most parts, weighing in with some 298,431 elements! This presented the greatest challenge as large scale display models are rarely built using Technic, although a paneled design was finally chosen. Over 700 panels, with 18 unique designs, are required to cover the entire dinosaur!
You might notice that the dinosaurs appear to be roaring, perhaps due to the red 1x1 bricks which they are treading on! It should also be noted that all three dinosaurs come with a couple of eggs which will soon hatch. In fact, some of them are already starting to crack.
Tickets for the LEGO House are now available to purchase here. We will continue to update you regarding its progress as the opening date of September 28th approaches.