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The Full-Size Lego 'Friends' Set Used 973,028 Bricks & Featured a Real Monkey

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By Gary Trock

A life-sized interactive version of Central Perk was constructed in Las Vegas with close to 1 million Lego bricks!

The installation was commissioned by Warner Bros. Television to commemorate the ongoing festivities for the 25th anniversary of "Friends."

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Lego brick artist Nathan Sawaya spent 4 months building the exhibit at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, which used 973,028 bricks and featured a full-sized orange couch, cash register and even a menu.

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Sawaya is known for constructing amazing Lego exhibits and revealed that the couch was the most difficult part of the 700 sq ft installation.

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Even though almost 1 million bricks were used, it also featured one non-Lego surprise, Marcel the monkey!

Marcel was Ross' pet white-headed capuchin monkey from Season 1 of the TV series.

Marcel made other appearances in the show and was mentioned later on after he became an actor and starred in "Outbreak 2: The Virus Takes Manhattan."

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The Central Perk exhibit was also in honor of Lego unveiling its own version of the famous coffee shop earlier this year.

The 1,070 piece set included all 6 of the stars in mini-figure version and even featured Central Perk's own, Gunther.

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