Massive Lego X-Wing touches down in Times Square (pictures)
"Star Wars" comes alive in New York as the world's largest Lego sculpture -- all 5.3 million pieces -- debuts to an excited crowd as part of a promotion for the upcoming "Yoda Chronicles" animated TV show.
5.3 million pieces
The Force was with Times Square Thursday as a 45,980-pound Lego X-Wing, thought to be the largest Lego sculpture in the world, made a stunning debut to a crowd of excited onlookers. Lego and Cartoon Network revealed the mega "Star Wars" ship to the beat the drum about the upcoming "Yoda Chronicles" animated television show that debuts at 8 p.m. on May 29.
Before the festivities kicked off, the X-Wing hid behind a replica box as seen here.
Lego reports that the jumbo full-size X-Wing replica contains more than 5,335,200 bricks and took a team of 32 builders, located at the Lego model shop in Klandno, Czech Republic, more than 17,336 hours to construct. With an impressive wingspan of 44 feet, a height of 11 feet, and a length of 43 feet, this isn't exactly a set you could easily display in the living room. It sure would make one heck of a lawn decoration, though!
With a large New York crowd cheering on and snapping photos, the mega Lego X-Wing emerged from the box, complete with fog. The Lego X-Wing design is derived from the one utilized for the "Star Wars" Lego set of the same name (#9493).
Just like the real thing, the nearly 46,000-pound Lego X-Wing also contains S-foils, lights, and speakers that play authentic ship sounds. We've put a word in with Lego to see if the wings can lock into attack position.
Yoda, who showed off his X-Wing whispering skills in "The Empire Strikes Back," also made an appearance to kick off the premiere of the "The Yoda Chronicles" animated television show, which debuts on May 29. On June 13, visitors to the Legoland California Resort can check out the same larger-than-life X-Wing.