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Lego-Loving Dad Spends £70,000 On Building Huge Model City In Basement

Jess Hardiman

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Lego-Loving Dad Spends £70,000 On Building Huge Model City In Basement

A Lego-loving dad has spent more than £70,000 building a huge model city in his basement, having also invested five years into the project.

Josh Foote, a political consultant from New Jersey, first started on the ambitious build back in 2015.

It began in his bedroom, but after the Foote moved into his new home, the city was relocated to the basement where it was able to expand.

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Credit: Caters

The hand-built metropolis consists of 1,600 different sets of Lego, which have the retail value of £40,800 ($50,000), along with another 81,000 pieces that have the retail value of £11,400 ($14,000).

Then there's also the custom buildings that cost £400 ($500) each, AND then also larger buildings like skyscrapers, an Avengers Tower and museum, which upped the cost by a further £800 ($1,000) each.

In total, Foote reckons he's splashed out more than £73,600 ($90,000) on the amazing basement project.

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Credit: Caters

He said: "I initially started my current Lego city around 2015 or so.

"Growing up, Lego was one of the toys you could see me always playing with, and I had a makeshift city that you would imagine a young child building in the early 1990's.

"Like most kids, I grew away from toys and into sports and other such activities during my high school and college years.

"In the Lego adult fan community, this time period is commonly referred to as your 'dark ages'.

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Credit: Caters

"Fast forward to Christmas of 2012 when my then-girlfriend, now wife, and I were at a Toys R' Us getting Christmas presents when I saw some of the Marvel Avengers Lego sets.

"She ended up going back and picking me up one of the smaller sets and I was hooked again.

"I had to complete the Avengers team, so I bought some more sets, and then I saw that there were Batman Lego sets and it was a slippery slope of buying all the sets that I missed out on.

"While buying these sets, I came across a Lego Theme titled Lego Creator Expert, which is billed more towards adults with their complexity and prices. These sets serve as the basis for the Lego Modular city."

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Credit: Caters
Credit: Caters
Credit: Caters

Foote said his family never realised just how obsessed he is with Lego until they saw the spectacle for themselves, seeing the project for its sheer scale.

He added: "My family never realised how 'crazy' it was until they walk down the stairs to my basement and see just how large it is.

"Overall, everyone likes to see what's new when they stop at my house. Additionally, it has made the holidays easy for them, as buying me a Lego set is an easy purchase for them.

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Credit: Caters

"My basement is just over 1000 sqft. About 50 per cent is dedicated to my city, 25 per cent is dedicated to my New In Box and extra parts storage and the last 25 per cent is holiday decorations.

"My wife and I have a 7-week old baby, so he hasn't been roaming freely as of yet.

"When he gets older, I imagine I will let him play with it under my supervision."

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Topics: News, Lego, US News

Jess Hardiman
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