An 8-foot tall, 100-pound Lego man appeared a few days ago in Florida off the shore of Siesta Key Beach. His shirt reads “NO REAL THAN YOU ARE” and even has a website at http://www.egoleonard.nl/ego_gb.html. He replied after being e-mailed by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, “I am glad I crossed over. Although it was a hell of a [swim]… Nice weather here and friendly people. I think I am gonna stay here for a while.”
While a spokeswoman for Legoland has denied claims that Ego Leonard is a publicity stunt by Lego, rumors point to a Dutch artist, although no one has yet claimed him. After arriving in Florida, Ego Leonard was taken into protective custody by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and continues to remain there as authorities search for his owner.