Invasion of the Brickosaurs!?
Bemused Onlookers Stunned by Mysterious Dinosaur
A giant dinosaur has raised eyebrows as it was spotted being driven through Hampshire during rush hour, causing many to question if an invasion of the Brickosaurs was on the horizon!
The seven-foot colourful Velociraptor is just one of the dozens of LEGO® brick dinosaur sculptures that will debut to the public on Friday (5 April) at Marwell Zoo for its world exclusive BRICKOSAURS! event.
Featuring up to 50 sculptures created using more than two million bricks, the interactive expedition is sure to excite families, LEGO and dinosaur enthusiasts alike this spring and summer.
The life-like dinosaur – named Vigo – caused bemusement as it made its way through quaint villages and along the M27 on a flatbed trailer en route to the 140-acre wildlife park near Winchester from the LEGO building workshop in Bordon.
One eyewitness, who spotted the dinosaur in Wickham, said: “It was a very peculiar sight to see a massive colourful dinosaur making its way through The Square! People were stopping in their tracks, doing a double-take before getting out their phones to take a picture! Kids were absolutely delighted, cyclists stopped in their tracks and even a bus driver pulled over to pop out of his bus to take a selfie with the dinosaur!”
Vigo the Velociraptor is made using 68,370 bricks, weighs in around the size of a zebra at more than 50 stone (328.5kg) and took four builders a total of 260 hours to create.
Nicky Cole, Senior Event Manager at Marwell Zoo, said: “We’re so pleased Vigo the Velociraptor raised so many smiles on his way to us at the zoo. When an event opens for the first time, I love to see our guests’ reactions; it’s the most satisfying part of anything we do so it’s amazing the dinosaurs are already the talk of the town! “BRICKOSAURS is the biggest event the park has ever put on, and it’s a world exclusive, so it’s pretty epic in our books.”
A highlight of the BRICKOSAURS event is the largest touring LEGO brick dinosaur ever made – a whopping 26-foot T-Rex, which will be transported to the zoo in sections on a 40-tonne lorry and built on site using a specialist crane due to its height and mass.
Ed Diment, Creative Director of LEGO brick building company Bright Bricks, added: “Taking Vigo the Velociraptor on an open trailer from our workshop in Bordon to Marwell Zoo was a first for Bright Bricks. It was amazing to see people’s reactions to a brick-built dinosaur and we had a lot of questions from the public! We hope everyone who spotted Vigo enjoyed the experience. They can look forward to a whole lot more when they visit Marwell Zoo.”
BRICKOSAURS is included with general admission and will be on display from 5 April until 1 September 2019.
Marwell Zoo is one of the top places to visit in Hampshire. Home to more than 140 species, it is owned by Marwell Wildlife, a global conservation charity leading programmes in the UK, Africa and across the world. The charity engages with over 40,000 schoolchildren through curriculum-based education programmes and welcomes more than 500,000 visitors each year to its 140-acre site.
For more information go to: www.marwell.org.uk