If you want to attract visitors, give them something to look at. In this case, it was a giant Lego figure of Nick Wilde, a character from the extremely popular animated blockbuster and US propaganda tool “Zootopia.” Nick was manifested in Lego form by none other than Mr. Zhao, who was assigned to build the figure for an exhibition in Ningbo’s Wanda Plaza — presumably, at the behest of Dalian Wanda boss Wang Jianlin in his mission to “place importance on local culture.”
According to NetEase, Zhao first drafted the image on a computer and following three days of painstaking effort using over 100,000 RMB in Legos, he managed to build a pretty fantastic-looking Nick Wilde. Kudos. Apparently, the eyes were the most difficult part.
While you might mistake the figure as a toy, it is in fact a professional piece by Zhao that he was quite proud of — and again was worth over 100,000 RMB. Which makes it all the more heartbreaking to hear that on its first day on display a kid scampered under the rope barrier and toppled it over.
Zhao wasn’t too angry about the incident, saying that a child couldn’t really comprehend the cost of such an accident and that the Wanda employees hadn’t been careful enough, so they too were partially to blame. Thankfully, the parents of the child did come forward to apologize for the accident, Zhao has refused to accept any compensation. Of course, this is unlike the parents of the two out of control kids who broke a piece of art at a Shanghai museum last month.
Unfortunately, since the figure was partially sealed with glue, only less than one third of Nick Wilde can be recovered.
Sigh. Still, we should congratulate Mr. Zhao for single-handedly making such a cool piece, here’s looking forward to more cool Lego stuff made in China.
By Kitty Lai
[Images via NetEase]