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Other giant Lego men have been found in the Netherlands (above) and England (below). (Olaf Kraak / EPA / Newscom)

A Larger-Than-Life Lego Mystery

An eight-foot-tall Lego man recently showed up in Florida—but where did he come from?

By Laura Leigh Davidson | null null , null
<p> The giant toys are thought to have been made by a mysterious Dutch artist. (KNP / MAXPPP / Newscom) </p>

The giant toys are thought to have been made by a mysterious Dutch artist. (KNP / MAXPPP / Newscom)

In late October, a mysterious, lifeless body washed up on a Florida beach. Fortunately there was nothing sinister, or evil, about it. Beachgoers had found an eight-foot-tall toy man made out of giant Lego bricks!

Jeff Hindman was reportedly the first person to discover the Lego man on Siesta Key Beach on October 25. Hindman says that at first he thought the figure was some sort of marine life that had washed ashore.

He dragged the 100-pound object out of the surf and stood it upright. Hindman then realized it was made of fiberglass, a material used to build boats.

People initially thought the giant toy was an advertisement for the new Legoland amusement park in Winter Haven, Florida. But Legoland officials say the beached figure does not belong to them.

The Lego man carries an odd message on his chest: “No Real Than You Are.” Hindman told the Sarasota Herald Tribune, “[The message] doesn’t make sense.”

Similar giant Lego people washed ashore in the Netherlands in 2007 and in England in 2008. They are thought to be the creations of a Dutch artist whose real name has not been revealed.

The name “Ego Leonard” appears on the back of the giant figure. The Herald Tribune sent a message to the artist through the Ego Leonard Web site. The reply was written as if the Lego man himself were the author.

“I am glad I crossed over,” the e-mail said. “Nice weather here and friendly people. I think I am gonna stay here for a while.”

Officials had no idea what to do with the fiberglass giant, so they took him into police custody. Lego man’s temporary home is the Sarasota police property room, where he will stay for 90 days.

If no one claims Ego Leonard, Hindman will become the proud new owner of the mysterious eight-foot-tall statue. Hindman says that if he gets the Lego man, he plans to sell it on eBay.

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