See a Full-Size Toyota Land Cruiser Built from 440,000 Legos
At some point during our awkward adolescence, most of us abandon the toys we spent hours playing with as children, trading our youthful creativity and imagination for the jaded realism of adulthood. But some lucky people manage to turn childhood obsessions into a career instead. Among those are Lego certified builders, who use their passion for the plastic building blocks to craft colossal Lego sculptures. Al-Futaim Toyota, a dealership in the United Arab Emirates, found one such Lego certified builder based there, and now the dealer gets to show off this full-size Lego model of the new Toyota Land Cruiser 300.
The model, which is on display next to the real thing in the Dubai Mall until December 15, is incredibly accurate. The Land Cruiser sculpture has the exact same dimensions as the actual SUV, stretching 194.9 inches long and 74 inches tall. The huge project is constructed from more than 440,000 Lego bricks and weighs in at over 4500 pounds, not far off the real Land Cruiser’s 5700-plus-pounds. The Lego vehicle was pieced together by 12 team members and took 2688 hours to develop and build.
The Lego version is based on the latest generation of Toyota’s venerable off-roader, which unfortunately will not be sold in the United States. Instead, the U.S. market will receive its more luxurious counterpart, the Lexus LX. Both the Land Cruiser and the LX are powered by a gasoline twin-turbo 3.4-liter V-6 with 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The Land Cruiser is also offered with a turbo-diesel 3.3-liter V-6 with 304 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque. Of course, under the hood of the Lego Land Cruiser model you’ll find, well, more Legos.