Public display in Times Square is always going to be good for promotion. But if you missed this amazing 1:1 scale X-Wing Fighter of Star Wars fame as it passed through NYC, don’t worry, because you can catch up with it on YouTube, Reddit and other social sites, or read about it at the likes of WebUrbanist and Designboom.
Drawing huge crowds offline and hundreds of thousands of online readers in subreddits from r/pics to - predictably – r/StarWars and r/Lego, the amazing full scale model (built from over five million LEGO bricks) is 43 feet long, 11 feet high and has a wing span of 44 feet.
Weighing in at 45,000 pounds, the X-Wing is the world’s largest LEGO model. Assembled in Kladno, Czech Republic, it was unveiled in Times Square on May 23 in time for the Memorial Day weekend. The model, which is now on its way to Legoland in California, took 17,336 hours to construct using the same bricks sold at retail. All in, that’s about four months.
LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi told MTV Geek: “We thought it would be a great idea to say ‘What if you took this, scaled it up to the size of what a real X-wing looks like, and here’s the end result’”.
It is a great idea! But for those of us for whom a full scale version is impractical, the small retail LEGO X-Wing (below) still looks cool.
Fun fact – during the closing scenes of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Luke Skywalker’s attack run, along a narrow trench to the destroy the Death Star, was inspired by the famous Dam Busters raid of World War Two, code named Operation Chastise.