Giant Lego Man Washes Up in Florida

And no, Lego is not behind it

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 26, 2011 11:38 AM CDT | Updated Oct 30, 2011 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Jeff Hindman was walking along Siesta Key Beach in Florida this month when he noticed a huge shape floating in the water. When he waded in, he found something decidedly odd—an 8-foot-tall, 100-pound fiberglass Lego man. “It doesn’t make sense,” Hindman tells the Herald Tribune. After beachgoers had sufficiently ogled the strange statue, county sheriffs confiscated it, and are waiting for someone to claim it. Lego execs swear they have nothing to do with it, calling the statue a counterfeit.

The statue’s chest bears the strange inscription “NO REAL THAN YOU ARE,” and his back has the name “Ego Leonard,” which might or might not be the name of a Dutch artist. There’s an Ego Leonard website that gives the giant toy a voice—“My name is Ego Leonard and according to you I come from the virtual world,” it reads. The Tribune emailed the site, and got a reply reading, “I am glad I crossed over. Although it was a hell of a swim.” If no one claims the man, the sheriffs will turn it over to Hindman. “I’ll put it on eBay,” Hindman says.

The Lego man referred to as Mr Leonard  byt he Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
The Lego man referred to as "Mr Leonard" byt he Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.   (Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)
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A man shows off the giant lego man that washed ashore.   (3Jshow)

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