The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang has included many touching tributes and creative curiosities. The Mustang has become an inseparable part of American automotive history, inspiring generations of car enthusiasts, artists, and everyday people who just happen to love the original pony car.
But perhaps the best of these tributes is the Brick Pony, a 1,712 pound life-size replica of the 1964 ½ Mustang made almost entirely of LEGO and DUPLO blocks. Featuring working lights and a determined eye for detail, it’s a project that took a ton of planning and work to put together, and now we get to see just what it took to bring this life-sized Mustang replica to life.
Hand-built out of 194,900 LEGO and DUPLO blocks, the Brick Pony has working headlights and taillights, as well as sound effects, such as the classic horn, that gave this project an added dimension. The project does ride on an aluminum chassis to support the hundreds of pounds of plastic bricks, but besides that, a little bit of glue, and some wiring, this is a hand-built piece of toy art.
The above video shows some of the 1,200 hours of labor it took to put the Brick Pony together, brick by brick, with many components built separately before being added to the master Mustang. LEGO is known for its many interactive and creative art pieces built out of this iconic plastic blocks, but the Mustang really touches on many important cornerstones of American cars and history.
The Brick Pony will be permanently displayed outside the Ford Driving School attraction at the LEGOLAND Florida resort