Mount Gambier’s Human Lego Man has hung up his big, yellow head for the last time.

Alex McIntyre wore the first version of the suit in 2013, but now the 36-year-old has decided to put his life as a giant mini figure behind him.

“I got to that stage of I’m not happy in what I’m doing anymore,” he said.

“And I thought the best thing to do is stop while I’m ahead.”

Alex McIntyre has put his Human Lego Man, Lego Batman and police officer costumes into storage.(ABC South East SA: Eugene Boisvert)

Mr McIntyre’s mother, Olivia Reiter, helped him sew together his first suit, but then, in 2016, she died of breast cancer.

Mr McIntyre put the suit away for a while but created a new, lighter version in 2021 as a way to bring cheer to Mount Gambier amid strict COVID-19 restrictions.

Big support for charity walk

Mr McIntyre walked 100 kilometres from Naracoorte to Mount Gambier as the Human Lego Man last year to raise money for Cancer Council SA.

He raised almost $12,000 after initially thinking he might collect $500 in his mother’s name.

A crowd welcomed him back into Mount Gambier after the five-day walk that almost ended when the cart he was using to carry supplies collapsed on the first day of his journey.

“It was so surreal. I wasn’t expecting people to be there at all,” Mr McIntyre said at the time.

“I’m just like a common guy. There’s nothing special about me — I wear a costume. I walk.

“I didn’t expect the community to surround me and it just worked out well.”

Human Lego Man arrives back in Mount Gambier after his five-day walk from Naracoorte.(Supplied: Phil Ackland Photography)

Dog attack changes feeling

But then, in January this year, Mr McIntyre was badly injured after being attacked by a dog while walking home from an appearance as Lego Batman.

“It made me realise I want to do something else in life and not be held back because my passion for that started to drop,” he said.

“And then the dog attack made me realise that I actually do not enjoy it any more.”

Damage to the Lego Batman costume from a dog bite.(Supplied: Human Lego Man)

Mr McIntyre’s girlfriend broke up with him in the same month.

He had created a costume for her called Human Lego Girl, and two other friends are also known as Human Lego Mate and Human Lego Lady.

“Even if I’m not out there anymore, those other Lego people that are in town now can go forward and hopefully everyone can get behind them and make them feel like I used to feel,” Mr McIntyre said.

“Encourage them to come out and have fun with the community. That’s what I’d like to see.”

Inspiration for those with autism

Mr McIntyre has autism and works at a timber mill run by the disability employment provider Bedford.

Alex McIntyre donned a Lego police officer’s uniform for a Coffee with a Cop event last year.(Supplied: SA Police)

He said it could be hard for people with autism to deal with large crowds, but he hoped to inspire others to pursue their passion despite the challenges.

“They only have to look towards me and see I have autism. I built something that allowed me to branch out and to meet new people,” he said.

“Anyone with a disability can do whatever they want when they believe in themself.”

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