A massive, life sized replica has taken over Times Square in LEGO form – 5,335,200 of them to be exact.
The “Star Wars” X-wing replica – weighs nearly 46,000 pounds and contains a full-scale R2-D2 in the cockpit – was constructed for the release of “The Yoda Chronicles,” a new Lego Star Wars three-part animated series premiering next week on Cartoon Network.
The model will remain in Times Square through Saturday. Then it will travel to Legoland California Resort and remain on display through the remainder of 2013.
The X-wing Starfighter is the ship that Luke Skywalker and other members of the Rebel Alliance flew to victory against Darth Vader’s Death Star in “Star Wars.”
The model in Times Square was created by 32 master builders — a real title at the Lego Group — and took about 4 months to complete. That’s not surprising considering its immense size; it stands 43 feet long, 11 feet tall and has a wingspan of 44 feet, according to the Lego Group. It’s based on a much smaller Lego Star Wars replica.
The model was created in a Lego model shop in Kladno, Czech Republic, and was engineered to hold up during transportation, setup and breakdown.
The replica is big enough for children to sit in the cockpit, where a photo booth awaits them. And buttons on the back of the ship initiate sound effects from the film, such as the ship’s engine starting up and R2-D2?s bleeps and bloops.