The LEGO® Vampyre Hearse photo op, located in the Market Plaza in The Beginning.
One of the most exciting additions to this year’s Brick or Treat event is a 13-foot-long LEGO® hearse on display in the theme park’s Market Plaza. Created with more than 280,000 bricks, it’s sure to be a popular stop for photos but there’s more to this model than meets the eye.
The Entertainment team came up with the idea for a large-scale LEGO hearse then turned to our on-site Model Shop to bring the vision to life. Master Model Designer Jason Miller says the team decided to build a scaled-up version of the now-retired LEGO Vampyre Hearse from the 2012 Monster Fighters series (set No. 9464, for you collectors out there).
Building the hot-rod hearse required the talents of every Model Citizen in the shop, under the direction of project manager Sam Dalessandro. According to Sam, since LEGOLAND Florida Resort opened in 2011 his team has continued to tackle bigger and bigger designs, from a small tractor measuring only a few feet long to a massive model of Planet Earth. “As the size of the models grew, so did my confidence in the team,” he said.
Unlike smaller creations, a mammoth model like The Vampyre Hearse requires the specialized skills of Jimmie Curby, the Model Shop’s animator. His job is to design a solid set of “bones” to build upon (pun intended), creating the moving parts and structures hidden inside the model.
Master Model Designer Jason Miller with the LEGO® Vampyre Hearse from the 2012 Monster Fighters series.
Once the specially ordered LEGO bricks arrived, Jason led the team of Master Model Builders on a project that took more than 2,400 hours to complete.
“Teamwork and camaraderie were very important to keeping spirits up throughout this build,” he said. “Not to mention a great selection of music.”
Model Shop team members pose with the LEGO® Vampyre Hearse.