April 20, 2021 Updated: April 20, 2021 2:58 p.m.
A shot of Legoland in Southern California.
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There must be some mistakes in recreating a land with 20,000,000 LEGO bricks. Legoland’s builders in Carlsbad, California created Miniland as an ode to America, including buildings from Washington DC, New Orleans and, of course, San Francisco.
However, one intrepid Reddit commenter noted that while the LEGO take on San Francisco is very cool, it combines both the best and one of the worst features of San Francisco architecture.
The painted LEGO ladies from Miniland USA from R / San Francisco
The Painted Ladies next to Alamo Square Park are perhaps the perfect buildings to get LEGO-ized: iconic, colorful, and childlike. In Miniland, however, they share a back yard with a building that could just be yet another opposite if it were crowned with the Eye of Sauron. It’s not the Salesforce Tower (luckily), but the Painted Ladies’ neighbor is almost as monstrous: the Transamerica pyramid.
This is by no means an unforgivable sin; These are LEGOs we’re talking about here and of course the designers had to shred the seven by seven big city for their own purposes, but in the words of Reddit commentator Fogprowlr, “IMMERSION DESTROYED”.
For those not ready to head to Carlsbad for a LEGO fix, the Bay Area will soon be getting its own LEGO wonderland. On a not-yet-announced date in the spring of 2021, the Great Mall in Milpitas is planning to open its own ultimate indoor LEGO playground, created by a team of builders who may only have the best jobs in the world.