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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 13:30

A Lego model of one of Roald Dahl’s best-loved characters has been unveiled today (September 13) at the Eden Project.

The 8,850-brick model of the intrepid hero from Billy and the Minpins has been created to mark Roald Dahl Day today.

It comes as a new edition of the iconic storyteller’s last book is published by Penguin Random House with - for the first time - illustrations by the celebrated artist Sir Quentin Blake.

The Lego build of Billy took 47 hours to construct and is one of six Roald Dahl child heroes appearing in locations across the UK, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s protagonist at Manchester Central library and the brave heroine of The BFG, Sophie, at the National Trust’s Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

All the models have been created by Duncan Titmarsh - the UK’s only certified Lego professional builder - and his team at the Bright Bricks workshop in Bordon, Hampshire.

Billy will remain at Eden’s Mediterranean Biome for two months and visitors can see him for free with general admission. 

They can share their pictures of Billy using #LegoBilly and #RoaldDahlDay on social media. 

Kate Francis, Eden’s programme producer, said: “It’s incredible to see a Roald Dahl character brought to life in Lego that’s been so intricately assembled to reflect the new version of Billy and the Minpins as illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake.

“Anyone who has ever read a Roald Dahl book will be intrigued to see him.”

Roald Dahl Day happens annually, on or around September 13, the author’s birthday, and this year the event shines the spotlight onto the much-loved child heroes he created. 

See full details of ticket prices at Eden on www.edenproject.com

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