Yesterday, New York's Times Square, an area usually packed with tourists marveling at the bright lights and giant billboards, got another treat courtesy of Star Wars: the world's largest Lego model.
Hosted by a woman dressed in a Rebel fighter uniform, the life-size X-wing fighter made of Lego bricks was placed in New York to promote The Yoda Chronicles debuting on Cartoon Network next week. The model, which weighs about 46,000 pounds, stands 11 feet tall and is 43 feet long, took five million Lego bricks — 5,335,200 pieces to be exact — and 32 Lego master builders over 17,000 hours to complete.
"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," said Lego Systems brand manager Michael McNally.
Built in the Lego Model Shop in Kladno, Czech Republic, the model will ultimately be permanently installed at the LegoLand California Resort in Carlsbad. You can see the Lego X-wing being unveiled in New York City in the video below and check out a live video stream of the model here.