The Ford Explorer made of 382,000 Lego bricks made stops in Orlando en route to its new home at Legoland Florida, where it will be installed Tuesday. The Winter Haven theme park opens to the public on Oct. 15.
It will rest outside Legoland's Ford Driving School, where children will learn to drive vehicles -- at a maximum speed of 3 mph. The replica, which weighs more than 2,600 pounds (about half that of a real Explorer), was assembled by 22 people in Connecticut, unveiled at a Ford Assembly Plant in Chicago and traveled to Rockefeller Center in New York before coming to Florida. It was pulled on a trailer with large windows by a genuine Ford Explorer.
Lego designers and engineers met with Ford designers in Detroit to plan the project. Observers revel in the details of the Lego version, which sports the Ford logo, dual exhaust, a button to pop the hatch, a spare tire beneath, gas tank lid, grill, side mirrors and license plates that read LEGOLAND. But the doors don't open, and it doesn't run.
"It has an engine, but you can't stick a key in it," Swidler said.