Representatives from both the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire were out in full force this morning as LEGO virtually transformed New York City’s Times Square into Yavin IV to unveil the world’s largest LEGO sculpture. Consisting of 5,335,200 LEGO bricks and weighing in at a svelte 45,980 pounds, the full-scale LEGO X-wing Starfighter arrived with much fanfare. Built in the LEGO model shop in Kladno, Czech Republic, the 1:1 replica of LEGO kit 9493 took 32 builders 17,336 hours to construct. Its true 1:1 scale means it measures 11 feet in height, 43 feet in length and has an impressive wingspan of 44 feet. In addition, the cockpit can fit an actual ‘pilot’ (serving as a photo-op during the three day event).
The X-wing is stationed in Times Square through Saturday, where it serves as an ambassador for the new animated series, ‘The Yoda Chronicles,’ debuting May 29 on Cartoon Network at 8:00 pm ET (a special follows at 9 pm, covering the big reveal).
‘Just as kids love to test and hone their LEGO building skills and imaginative storytelling, our LEGO Master Builders are always testing their creative skills to top their last larger-than-life sized creations,’ said Michael McNally, Brand Relations Director for LEGO Systems. ‘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.’ The sculpture had to be engineered to withstand transportation, assembly/dis-assembly, resting above the New York City subway system and even earthquakes as it will be on display at Legoland California from June 15, 2013 through the end of the year.
While visitors can board the X-wing for a photo-op, other activities include: photo-ops with life-size LEGO Star Wars figures including Yoda, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2; participate in free building classes with a LEGO master builder; make and take home a mini-X-wing; and check out a display of ‘The Yoda Chronicles’ LEGO sets. Visitors can also claim a goodie-bag which contains a commemorative double-sided poster, mini-magazine/comic book which includes articles and 2013 Star Wars mini-fig checklist and more. Additionally, a special commemorative edition of the 9493 X-wing Starfighter LEGO set is available exclusively at the Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square for $74.99 which includes a limited edition Yoda ‘NY I (heart)’ mini-fig through Saturday or while supplies last.
The event is open to the public from 10:00 am through 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Below is our photo gallery from the event. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version: