Legoland's Michael Jackson tribute: Now what?
Written by Robert Niles
Yesterday I got a press release from Legoland California promoting a Michael Jackson tribute that the park was planning to install today outside its Chinese Theater display in the park's Miniland section:Tweet
Model Builders are creating a four-inch tall Minilander of Jackson, complete with white glove and red leather jacket, that can be seen by Park guests as he exits a limousine in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The scene will include photographers and random paparazzi surrounding the limousine as mini-lander fans try to catch a glimpse of the pop icon.
I didn't run with it because, frankly, I'm a little burned out on the Jackson coverage (our neighbors have been blaring Jackson music nearly 24/7), and I was chasing down info on the Dueling Dragons accident.
Well, I got another release from Legoland this afternoon. A picture of His Holy Plasticness perhaps?
Not so fast...
"We were looking forward to installing a small tribute to Michael Jackson in Miniland," said Peter Ronchetti, General Manager of LEGOLAND California Resort. "However, legal matters have come to light that prevent us from displaying the model in the Park."
Lemme read between the lines here... someone in Jackson's camp wanted Legoland to pay for the right to use the dead celebrity's likeness is a theme park and a deal wasn't signed, so no Michael in Miniland?
Hey, let's not give up so quickly, Legoland.
Perhaps Legoland ought to take another crack at a Jackson tribute. Perhaps instead of the gloved one in Hollywood, Legoland could create a procession of four-inch lawyers, Lego briefcases in hand, surrounding the limo? Or, if not a limo, surrounding a Lego Hearse? (I'm so bad. Wait a minute. I can't say 'bad' - that's a Jackson album title! I am so sued now....)
I suspect that a few snarky TPI readers might be able to offer additional suggestions. The comments are open...
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