Oh, you sweet, naive red ropes. You thought you could prevent such a disaster, didn’t you? Red ropes, when will you learn that four feet of hanging horizontal nylon is no match for a child hell-bent on destruction.
There is a reason for why this picture will probably make you wince hard, and it has nothing to do with imagining stepping on one of those LEGOs with a bare foot. This is a picture of a $15,000 LEGO sculpture of Nick Wilde from Disney’s Zootopia. Or at least, what was a LEGO sculpture of Nick Wilde from Disney’s Zootopia.
According to CCTVNews (via NY Daily Mail), a Chinese LEGO sculptor known simply as Mr. Zhao decided to make a human-sized sculpture of Nick Wilde. CCTVNews says that Mr. Zhao’s LEGO Nick was worth more than 100,000 yuan, or about $15,000 USD. They don’t say how many LEGOs it took Mr. Zhao to build Nick, but I’m going to guess it roughly a fuckload. It also took him three days and three nights. Look at it; of course it did. This isn’t the kind of thing you throw together while laying on the floor on your stomach as you watch SpongeBob.
Mr. Zhao took that giant stoned-looking plastic fox to a LEGO expo in Ningbo last Sunday and put it on display. It took less than an hour for some disrespectful child (probably a Mega Bloks fan) to scoot under the ropes and knock it down. You might think that seeing his precious LEGO sculpture crash into a zillion pieces would bring the kind of rage that trying to pry two thin bricks apart brings, but no. Mr. Zhao was cool about it.
The internet, however, wasn’t so kind. They reacted how you’d think they’d react: they went for the parents of the LEGO-wrecking child. Which means they’re either super serious about good behavior, LEGO, or animated foxes. Or all three, which might be the weirdest, most random fandom in existence.
Mr. Zhao insists that the child, who was about 4 or 5 years old, “didn’t mean to break it.” He also accepted an apology from the parents, but declined any compensation. He said no to money? Mr. Zhao’s hands may be 96% plastic splinters, but his heart is pure gold.