By Mohd Farhaan Shah
NUSAJAYA, 1 AUGUST 2012 (The Star) - It only took a team of 15 Lego builders about a year to complete one of their massive projects for its theme park - the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers.
The 10m high skyscraper is the tallest iconic building in all of Legoland theme parks throughout the world.
According to the Legoland designer Eric Hunter, who is the chief builder for the project, his team had to visit PETRONAS Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur to study the construction and detail of the two towers.
He pointed out that it took his team 5,500 hours to build, using more than 542,000 of normal Lego bricks to construct the PETRONAS Twin Towers.
"Inside the two towers there are eight metres of steel lines and a plate which holds the miniature PETRONAS Twin Towers together and it is weather proof."
"If someone wants to try his luck to build the PETRONAS Twin Towers by himself than it will take him more than three years to complete it," he said when met at the completion of the twin towers at Legoland Malaysia, recently.
The miniature PETRONAS Twin Towers is one of the 12 clusters representing 17 famous building and monuments found throughout Southeast Asia at the theme park Minilands.
One of the team-members is Taiping-born Legoland model builder Muhammad Khairul Zainon Noor, 27, who was given the honour to put the last piece on top of the twin towers said that this is his best achievement so far.
"This is the proudest moment in my life as I put my sweat and blood to complete the project," he said.
Meanwhile, Legoland Malaysia general manager Siegfried Boerst said the first ever such theme park in Asia was nearly completed just in time for its official opening on Sept 15, this year.
"The park is now nearing completion with most of the rides and infrastructure already installed."
"For the past few weeks, we have been in the process of putting final touches to the park by testing rides, fitting the 15,000 Lego models built out of 50mil Lego bricks," he said adding that 45,000 annual passes have been sold so far for the last three months.
Ticketing details can be found on www.legoland.my.