These Adults Travel With Lego Doppelgängers ...
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Travel should always be as much fun as this looks.
The first photo of the miniature versions of Lindsey Haggerty and Craig McCartney was taken in front of the Louvre in Paris. On the rain-soaked stones beside the museum’s famous glass pyramid, Lego Craig, holding a map and wearing a backpack, poses for Lego Lindsey who snaps his picture with her tiny camera.
Since the Paris trip, the Lego figures have gone everywhere with the globe-hopping couple.
What began in February 2013 as a joke for friends and relatives has now attracted 10,000 fans from all over the world.
The photo of the shark attack while boating in Queensland is one of their favorite holiday snaps. Lego Craig fends off the beast at the bow with a paddle, while his girlfriend stands behind him waving her arms in the air. But the couple was never in any real danger. The shark’s teeth are made of plastic, as are the rest of the fearsome predator, the paddle, the boat — and the couple themselves.
It’s an imagined scene acted out by Lego figures which, in turn, are doppelgängers of McCartney and Haggerty, a couple from Scotland who have been posting pictures of their “Lego Travellers” on Facebook since 2013.
Among the roughly 1,000 photographs, the plastic yellow travelers have posed in front of the Sydney Opera House, stood on the beach on Australia’s south coast, dived into a hotel pool in Kuala Lumpur, cycled through Sukhothai in Thailand and through the Old Town in Copenhagen, enjoyed wine with friends on a roof terrace in Málaga, Spain, and collected shells in Portugal.
The little figures’ journey began when McCartney came across his childhood Lego collection at his mother’s house, and his passion for the yellow plastic figures was reignited. As Haggerty’s 30th birthday approached, McCartney was looking for a present when he came across a little Lego camera. Haggerty always travels with a camera, while McCartney is never without a knapsack and map. For her birthday, he bought his girlfriend a trip to Paris — and the Lego edition of herself, complete with mini-camera and map-toting Lego boyfriend.
We also have a few other figures with us — in case the Legos fancy having a drink with friends.
“When we were out and about in the city, we took a few pictures of our Lego doppelgängers with famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame,” she says. “Craig joked about wanting to set up a Facebook page for the two figures.”
What began in February 2013 as a joke for friends and relatives has now attracted 10,000 fans from all over the world. The “Lego Travellers” also have a Twitter account and more than 8,000 followers on Instagram.
To get the best pictures, the couple has not one but three versions of their “alter Legos:” sporting summer clothes, dressed for cooler weather and wearing bathing suits, including a painted-on six pack for Lego Craig.
“We also have a few other figures with us — in case the Legos fancy having a drink with friends,” she says.
What could have been a brilliant marketing move for the toy manufacturer actually has nothing to do with corporate PR. The “Lego Travellers” were wholly conceived by Haggerty and McCartney. The company neither sponsors the jet-set figures’ travels nor has it made any contact with their human pals — although the Scots readily admit that they would not turn down an offer to underwrite their world travels. Then they could head to more expensive destinations such as French Polynesia.
Haggerty thinks that would be the perfect spot for a honeymoon — because when they marry, it will be on a beach. Perhaps Facebook fans of the “Lego Travellers” can look forward to pictures of the newlyweds on Bora Bora. Surely it must be possible to find a tiny plastic veil.
- Julika Meinert, OZY Author Contact Julika Meinert