An enormous Star Wars X-Wing spaceship has landed in New York’s Times Square.
It took 32 master builders more than five million LEGO bricks and too 17,000 hours to put together the full-scale replica of the Star Wars fighter.
The Lego X-Wing is the largest Lego model in history. It’s as big as the real thing and would be capable of fitting the real Luke Skywalker inside.
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Thousands gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch the unveiling of the world’s largest LEGO Model, a 1:1 replica of the LEGO Star Wars X-wing Starfighter
This Incredible Full Scale Lego X-Wing Is the Largest Model In History
The full scale mode imitates the official $60 Lego 9493 X-Wing Fighter – except it’s just 42 times larger.
However instead of just 560-pieces and a few inches in length, this model uses more than five million pieces. It’s 11-feet tall, 43-feet long and has a 44-foot wingspan.
The engines also glow and roar as per the films – and you can sit inside.
The Star Wars-themed, 46,000-pound spacecraft arrived in 34 sections by container ship from Kladno in the Czech Republic.
The world’s largest Lego modelled after the Star Wars X-wing starfighter is seen at Times Square after being unveiled in New York
The model was transported to the United States by boat from the LEGO Model Shop in Kladno, Czech Republic, where it was constructed by a team of 32 builders
The model contains 5,335,200 bricks and is as big as the real thing, capable of fitting the real Luke Skywalker
THE MODEL STATS
- Contains 5,335,200 LEGO bricks
- Weighs 45,980 pounds/20,865 kilograms
- Height: 11 feet / 3.35 meters
- Length: 43 feet / 13.1 meters
- Wingspan: 44 feet / 13.44 meters
- 32 builders spent 17,336 hours to construct – about 4 months
- Model is 42x the size of the retail building set
- Engines that light up and roar
The model is on display in the middle of Times Square until Saturday.
The X-wing comes complete with a photo booth in the cockpit, engines that light up, and a host of sound effects.
Lego state: ‘The model was heavily engineered to withstand all the transportation, setup/break down and to ensure it was safe for Times Square given the subway system below and California’s seismic requirements for the Legoland California Resort installation.’
The model is so heavy that it requires an internal metal structure to support it.
‘Just as kids love to test and hone their LEGO building skills and imaginative storytelling, our LEGO Master Builders are always testing their creative skills to top their last larger-than-life sized creations,’ Michael McNally, LEGO’s brand relations director explained.
43 feet long and with a 44 foot wingspan, the LEGO X-Wing Starfighter holds the record for largest ever model
The model reproduces the official $60 Lego 9493 X-Wing Fighter. But instead of being 560-pieces and a few inches long, this model uses more than five million pieces
From conception to completion, the plane took more than one year to make
‘The size and structural complexity of a freestanding model 42 times the size of one our retail sets was a challenge they could not resist.’
‘I’ve built pretty big things with Lego, but this is the biggest ever,’ says Lego master builder Erik Varszegi at an unveiling ceremony in Manhattan.
‘It’s a life-size version,’ he added. ‘That means the same scale it was built for the film.’
It will will be in position over the weekend and then moved to the West Coast for the remainder of the year. Part the display also includes life-sized Lego models of Darth Vader, Yoda, and R2D2.
LEGO sculptures of Star Wars characters are seen after the unveiling of the world’s largest LEGO Model
The model is so large that budding Luke Skywalker wannabes can sit in the cockpit
the model was built to celebrate the forthcoming premiere of the latest Lego Star Wars series The Yoda Chronicles, a three-part animated miniseries launching on Cartoon Network
Although the model is a publicity stunt, the X-Wing unveiling also promotes a series of other projects: The Yoda Chronicles, a new miniseries on the Cartoon Network, a new animated Star Wars series; and, of course, the 2015 movie from J.J. Abrams.
Lego is now in its 14th year of partnership with Star Wars and has sold more than 200 million building sets, 30 million copies of four video games and 450 different Lego Star Wars mini-figures.
Lego Star Wars has also played a huge part in boosting the Danish company’s profits which have grown by 40% in the past five years. Just ten years ago the toy company was on the verge on bankruptcy.
The model is enormous and the largest ever constructed. The X-Wing will move to California next for the rest of the year
Attribution: James Daniel, Daily Mail