The force was strong today in New York as the world's largest LEGO model - a massive X-Wing Starfighter - was unveiled in Times Square. Much to the delight of Star Wars fans, the replica is life-size and so spot-on that we think even Luke Skywalker would be fooled. 5,335,200 LEGO bricks in all went into the 45,980 pound model, which measures in at 11 feet tall and 43 feet long!
As you can imagine, it wasn’t easy building those proton torpedo launchers and laser canons piece by piece. The Starfighter replica took 32 master builders over 17,000 hours to complete. The gigantic X-Wing was first put together at the LEGO Model Shop in Kladno in the Czech Republic, and was then brought over to the states. Special care was also put into engineering the model to withstand rigorous travel and to make sure that it reached NY as well as its next destination at the LEGOLAND California Resort safely.
The model was created to commemorate The Yoda Chronicles, a new 3-part animated series, which will premiere on Cartoon Network on Wednesday, May 29. If you’re in NYC, don’t miss your chance to see this amazing sight – which is 42 times the size of LEGO Star Wars set #9493!
Via Discovery News
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