KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--One-of-a-kind Dorothy and Toto LEGO® models claim LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City as their permanent home. Making their public debut on Friday, August 1st, the life-size Dorothy and Toto LEGO models will add to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City’s current exhibit, featuring LEGO scenes from THE WIZARD OF OZ, including Dorothy’s House, Munchkinland, Emerald City and The Wicked Witch’s Castle.
Creating the life-size Dorothy LEGO model was a global effort, since she is the first of her kind. Dorothy’s head was built in Merlin Studios in Carlsbad, California, while her body was built in Billund, Denmark, the home of LEGO.
The measurements for the model are the exact same measurements of the Dorothy actress, Judy Garland. These measurements were taken from Madame Tussauds Hollywood, where the wax figure of Dorothy is housed. LEGO Model Builders scanned the figure and used a computer to create the body portion of the model.
“The most difficult part of the build was Dorothy’s dress,” says Rob Griffin, Manager of Merlin Studios in Carlsbad, California. “The checkered pattern to her dress was fun, but we had to use 1x1 LEGO bricks to create the pattern. This process is very time consuming and adds a certain degree of difficulty to the build.”
The Dorothy LEGO model is created with nearly 32,000 LEGO bricks and took more than 122 man-hours to design and build. The Toto LEGO model is created with more than 2,200 LEGO bricks and took more than 85 hours to design and build.
“We are very excited to have Dorothy and Toto LEGO models inside LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City,” says Joanna Hobday, marketing manager for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City. “We know our guests will love that Dorothy and Toto have made their way home.”
About LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City opened at Crown Center in April 2012. Described as stepping into the biggest box of LEGO® bricks in the world, the $15 million, 30,000-square-foot interactive attraction features hands-on play areas, a 4D Cinema, master classes from the LEGO Master Model Builder, LEGO-themed rides, and special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations. This highly interactive and educational 2-3 hour indoor experience is ideal for families with children between the ages of 3-10. In order to maintain a welcoming and safe environment, the attraction does not permit adults who are not accompanied by a child under the age of 13. Please visit LegolandDiscoveryCenter.com/KansasCity.
Merlin Entertainments Boilerplate – North America
MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 104 attractions, 10 hotels/3 holiday villages in 22 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000 + employees.
Merlin has twenty three attractions and one hotel in North America - including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida with its theme park, water park, and LEGOLAND California theme park with water park, SEA LIFE aquarium and themed hotel; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York, Washington DC, Las Vegas; Hollywood; and San Francisco LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston; Westchester, New York; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis and Charlotte – Concord - underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator. Visit http://www.merlinentertainments.biz/ for more information.
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