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The Lego Leatherneck

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Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

Sure it’s a coincidence — the Marines aren’t suggesting that their world-champion Lego builder has anything to do with the latest budget cuts detailed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta turning the corps into a toy military force.

But make no mistake: the Marines are proud of Captain Kyle Ugone’s declaration from the Guinness Book of World Records that he has the most completed Lego sets in a private collection: 1,091 (he actually owns 1,251). Having stormed the beach and recently won the record, Ugone is performing another typical Marine mission: reclaiming territory. He’s disassembling roomfuls of Lego sets in his Yuma, Ariz., home, and putting them back into storage.

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