We curse the rain in NYC today, because if it weren’t for the dreary, muggy weather, we’d most certainly face the Times Square crowds to check out the world’s largest LEGO model (ever).
This gigantic installation is actually a 1:1 replica of the Star Wars X-Wing starfighter. It’s also 42 times the size of LEGO’s retail set.
This is The LEGO Group’s contribution to celebrate the upcoming premiere of The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network (Wed., 5/29 at 8pm ET). The massive model is made of 5.3 million bricks and took 32 LEGO master builders roughly 17,000 hours to complete. Weighing in at nearly 46 thousand pounds, we’re amazed that they completed it, let alone transported it from the LEGO Model Shop in the Czech Republic all the way to Times Square.
Michael McNally, Brand Relations Director for LEGO Systems, commented on the challenge:
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. 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.
If you also consider the big challenges that come with placing it in Times Square, considering there’s an entire subway station below, they really had to carefully engineer the model to withstand the transportation, setup and breakdown.
If you’re in the city these next two days, be sure to check it out! It’s only in Times Square for a short while before it heads to LEGOLAND in California, where it will be installed for the rest of the year.
Here are some pics of the installation in Times Square:
People may have come for the starfighter, but we were most excited about Yoda proclaiming his love for New York in a way only Yoda can communicate:
And no Star Wars discussion is complete without R2-D2, Darth Vader and Chewbacca!
Will you check this gigantic Star Wars LEGO installation in Times Square?
(all images via LEGO Facebook)