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San Diego — By Pam Nagata on October 26, 2009 at 10:02 am

LEGOLAND Little League World Series Champs See Likeness in LEGO Bricks for the First Time

Chula Vista’s Blue Bombers Visit LEGOLAND® California during Brick-or-Treat

Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND

Most kids come to LEGOLAND® California’s Brick-or-Treat Halloween celebration dressed as their favorite hero. But today, a small group of hometown heroes came dressed as themselves – members of the Little League World Series-winning Blue Bombers went trick-or-treating on the Brick-or-Treat Trail, posed for pictures with the giant LEGO® Jack-o-Lantern and saw their likeness in Miniland U.S.A. for the first time.

World Series Champs
World Series Champs

Master Model Builders from LEGOLAND California recreated the winning moments of the game shortly after the team’s heroic victory over Chinese Taipei, but this is the first chance the team has had to see it in person. To add to the exclusive experience, Kiko Garcia, Jensen Peterson, Markus Melin and their families had special access to enter LEGOLAND before Park opening to meet Gary McIntire, the Master Model Builder who designed the scene.

The scene depicts an excited Blue Bombers team dressed in light blue uniforms jumping up and giving high-fives and dog-piling each other to express their happiness while the Chinese Taipei team is displayed in a disappointed nature ــ heads in their hands, arms-crossed and defeated.

“I didn’t think there would be so much detail,” said Melin of seeing the Miniland display for the first time. “To see us in LEGO form was really cool!”

Kim Peterson, mother of Jenson Peterson said, “It was really neat and special to see the celebration of the moment captured in LEGO – it’s really incredible.”

To construct the Miniland scene, each player as well as Coach Ramirez and Manager Castro have been rendered as “Minilanders.” Minilanders are generally four inches high and inhabit Miniland U.S.A., the heart of LEGOLAND California where more than 22 million LEGO bricks are used to recreate famous cities including Washington, D.C., New York, Las Vegas, New Orleans and San Francisco. The scene took about two weeks to complete and includes the baseball diamond, umpires, stands with fans and, of course, both teams who played in the final game of the Little League World Series. While many popular icons and celebrities can be spotted throughout LEGOLAND California, this is the first time local heroes have been immortalized in the Park.

Brick-or-Treat is LEGOLAND California’s annual Halloween celebration. It takes place every Saturday and Sunday in October with Party Nights Saturday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. During Brick-or-Treat, the family theme park is transformed into a not-too-spooky Halloween haven for Brick-or-Treat Party Nights featuring costume contests, nighttime trick-or-treating on the Brick-or-Treat Trail, live music and entertainment. For more information, visit www.brickortreat.com.

Photo submitted by LEGOLAND

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