It’s one huge LEGO superhero event at this year’s SDCC at the San Diego Convention Center, with the LEGO brick-built statue of the Amazonian princess, Diana Prince being joined by Steve Roger’s Captain America – and when we say huge, we mean life-sized huge! CNN Money reports that the LEGO Model Shop in Enfield, Connecticut is cooking up another treat to all comic book lovers by recreating another superhero icon and giving it the exclusive LEGO Master Builders treatment.
Also celebrating his 75th year in the superhero business alongside Wonder Woman, Captain America is immortalized in LEGO bricks by LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi and his team of LEGO craftsmen. Brainstorming on nine possible poses, Varszegi and his team took a total of 277 hours and 25,984 bricks and elements to create the 6′ 1″, 153 lbs rendition of the Star-Spangled hero. While his team worked on the rest of Cap’s statue, Varszegi worked on what he does best: the details on the statue’s head and face. He personally worked on the details of Cap’s head and face while paying special attention to some special features like the ear piece he worn in Captain America: Civil War, and the tiny hint of color green in his eyes.
LEGO’s partnership with Marvel allow Master Builders like Varszegi access to advanced screening of the films and access to their huge superhero library for research purposes. It’s the ultimate dream for any comic book geek and fans. “We have to be quiet about that, because of course we’re working on these things even before the movie is premiered so we can’t tell anybody what we see and hear behind these doors. My job is already cool as it is before, but when we started partnering with these comic book companies since… then, wow! It made my job even more fun,” he says with excitement. “It’s a dream come true.”
Watch the full interview through the video below, and if you’re headed to San Diego anytime soon be sure to check these amazing LEGO statues at the San Diego Comic-Con which will kick off on Thursday, July 21st. Click here for more info on other LEGO related panels and events for this year’s Comic-Con, or here for the full program schedule.