I’ve always loved LEGO®, so when I heard there was a scale LEGO® model of The National Museum of Scotland, I dropped everything and went to visit.
Over 90,000 bricks were used in this fantastic model. Each brick is standard issue – rare LEGO® pieces were sourced from all over Europe to realise artist Warren Elsmore’s designs.
The detail and ambition of the model will surely impress any would-be LEGO® architect. Designed using scale plans and drawings of the museum, there are miniature versions of everything from the museum’s Grand Gallery to the individual exhibits.
Hundreds of LEGO® mini-figures populate the scene, including a LEGO® couple getting married and the statues pictured below. The whole thing is perfect and small and big kids will love it.
The model is on display from the 1st of June until the 1st of December 2016.
You will notice when you visit that life in LEGO® Edinburgh is generally pretty serene. Things go at a gentle pace and people seem to conduct their affairs in a calm and civilised manner. Bright-eyed LEGO® people totter gaily about, having conversations, making plans, digesting their lunches.
But look again.
Earlier Planet Edinburgh Blog® got a tip off about a gang meeting in the museum. The two men at the back of the group are Edinburgh mobsters Don Skidds and Paul ‘the wrench’ Clayton. Both are thought to have links with the illegal LEGO® arms trade. It is believed Skidds also has a side interest in detachable legs and see-through windscreens.
At the front is their underworld kingpin, and one of the most wanted people in LEGO® Europe: Smelma Bawz.
Originally from a box of LEGO® in rural Kalingrad, Bawz has a history of sleaze and violence. She learned to fight in bar brawls, where she was famous for dismembering her victims and rebuilding them as obscene furniture. She once removed a policeman’s head with her bare hands and reattached it to a stud on his back. Much of her past is hazy – we do know that Bawz made her fortune passing off worthless plastic studs as expensive gemstones.
The group are wanted in connection with the disappearance of several priceless artefacts from the museum. These include an Egyptian sarcophagus, a diamond tiara and a rare corner brick, much prized in the creation of stable LEGO® architecture.
The man below is Spanky Peters, their contact at the museum.
Spanky was caught shortly after this was filmed. He cracked under interrogation, telling the authorities about a cache of weapons in the museum’s vaults.
Planet Edinburgh Blog® is the first major news outlet to report on this scandal. We asked the Kaliningrad Free Press Association to comment on the incident. A spokesperson said: ‘These massive crims are wanted in connection with the disappearance of several priceless items in the museum. They must be stopped.”