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Tessie, a 20-foot-fall giraffe created from a ton of plastic bricks, will welcome visitors to the newest Legoland Discovery Center when it opens May 23 at Assembly Row in Somerville.
The pick-a-brick wall offers a variety of options.
The center is expected to draw Lego-obsessed youngsters from all over New England.
Operations manager Nathan Nicholas watched the pre-show video before entering the Lego Factory Tour.
Marketing manager Kelly Smith followed the directions using a joystick and button in the Lego Factory Tour.
Similar to a theme park, the huge indoor facility covers 44,000 square feet.
It features 11 Lego-themed attractions, from rides to a movie theater with sensory effects.
“It’s a timeless toy,” said Kelly Smith, a spokeswoman for Legoland Discovery Center.
The Somerville center is considered a key anchor tenant of the new $1.5 billion Assembly Row mixed-use development.
Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff
Ian Coffey won a contest in January to become the Master Model Builder for Legoland. Coffey's winning design was a painting with paint brushes.
A Lego replica of Fenway Park.
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