What’s Got 380,000 LEGOs, 22 Designers, 2,500 Man-Hours and is Heading to Florida?

When you imagine something built entirely of LEGOs, you probably don’t picture it coming down an automotive assembly line. Well, we’re about to blow your mind! This Ford Explorer was built at the Chicago Assembly Plant, but it is unlike the other Explorers built there – it is comprised of more than 380,000 LEGO bricks, weighs 2,654 pounds, and has a 768-pound interior aluminum base. It took more than 2,500 man-hours to create.

The special Explorer is the byproduct of a long-term alliance between Ford and the 150-acre LEGOLAND Florida theme park, which will feature the Ford Driving School, where kids can get behind the wheel and drive (top speed of the electric vehicles: 3 mph). The LEGO Explorer will be on display at the school, which will have a Ford Junior Driving School for wee ones age 3 to 5, while the regular school will be for age 6 to 12. A video with driving instructions and safety tips will cover the basics, such as safety belts and the difference between the accelerator and brake, as well as stoplights and stop signs. Florida-area Ford dealers came up with the idea of the school.

LEGOLAND Florida will open October 15, and will have more than 50 family-focused rides, shows and attractions. And you can’t call something LEGOLAND without having LEGOs in abundance – the exhibits use more than 50 million LEGO bricks. If you’ve got a kid age 2 to 12, this place will be golden.

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Jesse MacDonald Where is it in LegoLand Florida? My daughter works there and I've been there several times and I haven't been able to find it.
2 year(s) ago via
Scott Monty @Sherry Pinckley: appearances can be deceiving. The ad was part of a campaign that regularly rotates these spots after a period of time. The "Chris F-150" ad left the television airwaves as part of that cadence. If you'd care to watch it, it continues to be available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ford#p/u/12/lwKbItOQNKc Scott Monty Global Digital Communications Ford Motor Company
3 year(s) ago via
Sherry Pinckley It's that commercial you had on for a short while where the man who purchased a new F-150 that now bothers us about the Ford Corporation. We own two Ford vehicles. We were proud that Ford didn't take bailout money. Now it appears that you, as a company, are yielding to pressure from the Obama Administration. We all cheered when that customer said he bought from Ford because they didn't take government help. What were you thinking? Shame on whoever decided to pull that spot from the airwaves. We loved it. Sherry and Gordon Wood (worked for Cal Worthington Ford) Ninilchik, Alaska
3 year(s) ago via
Sherry Pinckley It's that commercial you had on for a short while where the man who purchased a new F-150 that now bothers us about the Ford Corporation. We own two Ford vehicles. We were proud that Ford didn't take bailout money. Now it appears that you, as a company, are yielding to pressure from the Obama Administration. We all cheered when that customer said he bought from Ford because they didn't take government help. What were you thinking? Shame on whoever decided to pull that spot from the airwaves. We loved it. Sherry and Gordon Wood (worked for Cal Worthington Ford) Ninilchik, Alaska
3 year(s) ago via
Kirkland You want me to get one? Put a V8 in it. No V8? Roger that, Durango here I come.
3 year(s) ago via
Jim K Probably has at least as much plastic in it as my 2011 XLT. No buggy MFT either.
3 year(s) ago via
Jim K Probably has at least as much plastic in it as my 2011 XLT. No buggy MFT either.
3 year(s) ago via
Sergio Damian Aguilera INMORTAL
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chad Anderson wow that Explorer looks like an ugly version of the first Territory especially in that colour, Ford US must be catching up, only ten years behind now! love the lego action its amazing what they can do with it.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cathy Collins-Wightman The only companies that SUCCEED should be the ones that have a GREAT product that works and works WELL...not those that get BAILED OUT...they weren't giving the GREAT products and/or running the company well, duh
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
dayna meier Please do not pull the commerical from Chris regarding why he purchased a Ford( no government bailout money) We just purchased an F150 Friday and feel exactly like Chris.He expressed our feelings of why we bought a Ford 100 per cent!! Do not let the government limit free speech by pulling this commerical It is dead on how many Americans feel . THIS IS AMERICA!!!
3 year(s) ago via
T Craig-P71CV Wow! It looks so much like a real Explorer.
3 year(s) ago via
Bill Watkins Hey Ford don't pull your add.....
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Doug Beck If you cant get people excited about the real product, make one their kids can get excited about?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Guillermo Cano Good work!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
edvard All I can say is: Awesome.
3 year(s) ago via
Kyle Cameron Too much free time At the chicago building planT haha, it is pretty neat though kudos boys!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tim Foster This is really cool. Go Ford!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Filipe Gutierrez Whow!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Goddard Wright Lovelock Issss Greatt¡¡¡¡¡
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Diego Tangarife UUUUUUUUUUUUUUFFFFFFFFFFFF QUE TALENTO
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Carl Cuchetti what a great job to have!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Emmanuel Rayol Very good!!!! good job!!!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tony Gene Chartrand dat Explorer...
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Terry Grubb Jr. This is an American company so please comment in freakin English you know times new Roman on the computer !
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
เดชา. ฟ้าแว๊ป แว๊ป' สุดยอด.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Raul Albor Legoland explorer duh!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Terry Grubb Jr. A fake car that well paid ppl put together proving they have waay too much time on their hands?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dominick Ruggiero a ford explorer
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Jason Hill the big red explorer
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Joel Limon The Ford Explorer
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Heather Ryan Dorre Omg my kids are gonna love it we booked for both USA lego parks this Xmas ;)
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