How Many LEGO Bricks Does it Take to Make an X-WING?
To support the May 29, 2013 debut of LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network, the folks at LEGO set out to create the largest LEGO model ever.
Weighing in at 45,979 pounds, with dimensions of 11 feet tall, 43 feet long, and a 44 foot wingspan, the LEGO X-Wing Starfighter sitting in Times Square holds the record for largest ever. The X-Wing was built based on the LEGO Star Wars set #9493 - it just happens to be 42 times the size of the one you can buy in stores.
The X-Wing has 5,335,200 LEGO bricks and took 32 master builders in the LEGO Model Shop in kladno, Czech Republic a total of 17,336 hours to construct. It was flown to NYC in pieces and even those pieces took 9 additional hours to assemble.
The model will stay in Times Square for Memorial Day Weekend before flying off to LEGOLAND in California, where it will debut early June and remain for 2013. After, it will travel to other LEGOLAND locations and special events around the world. It was constructed around a steel frame used to support the weight and make it safe for travel (and Californian earthquakes), made entirely out of standard LEGO blocks, though some custom color pieces had to be made, like the orange blocks that simulate the standarad translucent orange circle on the rear of the engines.
LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles will feature three specials, the first debuting May 29 at 8:00pm on Cartoon Network, with the other two coming later in 2013. It was written by Michael Price of The Simpsons and features a special moment: the first-ever character and vehicle models created in the Star Wars universe specifically for LEGO. Sets based off the specials will debut in August 2013.
Click through for a gallery of images from the unveiling, and close-up looks at the giant X-Wing itself.