SIESTA KEY, FL – Giant LEGO Man made an epic journey from Denmark to the U.S. and is now seeking political asylum.
Giant LEGO Man, who is 8 feet tall, was found lying on a Florida beach, dehydrated and near-death.
A man, Todd Huntley, was out walking on the beach near lovely Siesta Key in Florida, when he came across “something” laying in the surf a ways away. He went to investigate, and found Giant LEGO man, named Leonard. On its torso was a message “No Real Than You Are.”
It was a cryptic message, but authorities in Miami said that the message was a common one for Giant Lego people. “There’s a history of discrimination in Denmark against Giant Lego people. They have felt persecuted since 1987, when Danish authorities rounded them all up and put them on display in a mall. Over the years many have tried to escaped, but Leonard is the first one to make it to the United States and the first to ask for asylum.
The U.S. immediately granted Leonardo asylum, and alerted Danish authorities that he was now safely in America. The US’s ‘wet foot/ dry foot’ policy permits Giant Lego people, who arrive on US shores by illegal means to remain in the US despite having not qualified for legal US immigration.
Here’s Leonard when he was first spotted:
WWN spoke to Nicola Brandozi, CEO at LEGO, the company that created the toy/human hybrid, but she declined comment. She did say though that the company intends to bring Leonardo “home.”
Two other Giant Lego men have washed ashore – but both were found dead. Several years ago a giant LEGO man washed up in the Dutch resort of Zandvoort.
That same figure also appeared at a Brighton beach in the U.K.
Leonardo, who is resting comfortably in a Miami hospital, made a brief statement.
“My name is Leonard. I come to America because this country represents, to me, happiness, solidarity, all green and blossoming, with no rules or limitations. I am here to discover and learn about your world and thoughts. Show me all the beautiful things that are there to admire and experience in your world. I am also looking for a lover.”
WWN welcomes Leonard to the U.S. – and wish him luck in his new life. He’s already out playing with the kids: