The idea came to us quickly.
Even the execution was rather painless.
But, as with many things, it was the unexpected hurdles that nearly derailed the project.
When the Sentinel Graphics & Multimedia crew decided it wanted to build an Orlando Sentinel nameplate out of legos, we fearlessly lept into action.
Artist Rich Pope brought some of his nephew’s legos into the newsroom for some test builds. Artist Karen Bellville Beaman made a reconnaissance trip to the Lego Store at Downtown Disney.
When we came to the realization that we couldn’t just wing it, artist Niko Floyd created the ultimate, time-saving digital blueprint for the build. These documents were life-savers and the rule of law under which this build was governed.
But it was the one thing we never really worried about that almost killed the project before it began – getting the legos.
See, we didn’t want to build a Star Wars TIE fighter or a pirate ship. And we didn’t want a bunch of red legos. It feels like legos are everywhere, but you don’t realize how hard it is to find specific legos until you desperately need them.
Eventually we were turned onto Lego.com’s Pick-a-Brick site that lets you pick specific sizes and colors of every type and size of lego known to man. We thought we’d hit the mother lode – until we tried to finalize the purchase. The site promised delivery in 18 business days, but when we called and inquired we learned that it was much longer than that.
The helpful Lego associate told us that there had been issues with customs in Poland – seriously, we have to get our legos shipped from Poland? – and the delivery times have been much slower than that.
We couldn’t risk it.
The Lego Store at Downtown Disney was the next obvious destination, but we quickly discovered that its offerings weren’t consistent from day to day and that uncertainty of size and shape was worrisome.
In the end, Karen and Rich made a trip to the Disney Lego Store just to write down every size and shape of all the available black, green, blue and gold legos. Several modifications to the blueprint were then made and Niko and I went back a few days later for the purchase.
After all that work on the purchasing and diagramming front, we were finally ready to build. And just a couple hours later, we had our final product.
Todd Stewart is the Design, Graphics & Multimedia Editor for the Orlando Sentinel. He can be reached at (407) 420-5098 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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