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I’ve been reading a bunch of stories about the two-story Lego house erected in England for a BBC show called “Toy Stories.” It was just demolished despite the owner’s last-minute scramble to save it.
Building the home, with the help of 1,000 volunteers and 3.2 million plastic bricks, was quite a feat. The Lego sink, shower, toilet, chairs, bed, and even bedroom slippers were supposed to be fully functional. But can you imagine sleeping on a Lego bed (I guess it would be fine as long as you didn’t go with a Lego mattress)?
Apparently the show’s presenter, James May, offered to give away the house for free because the wine estate where it was built wanted its land back. Sadly, he couldn’t find a taker. Plans to move it to Legoland in Windsor, England fell through because of the cost of transport.
May is now appealing to the public to return the house’s Lego cat, Fusker (modeled after May’s own cat). It was stolen from the house before it was knocked down.
The Lego house might be gone, but it lives on in this tribute song. The Youtube clip has some great photos of the outside and inside of the house).
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