Lego has been teasing a reveal in Times Square that will go down today. We knew it was to promote the new Lego Star Wars cartoon The Yoda Chronicles which premiers on Cartoon Network on Wednesday, May 29th at 8pm. But what could they be hiding?
The answer is after the jump and it will blow your mind.
So what could Lego have build that weighs 23 tons and uses 5.3 million bricks? A 1:1 scale replica of the X-Wing from Star Wars!
The “real” X-Wing measures 41 feet and this Lego model came in at 43 feet. That makes it about 41 times larger than Lego set #9493 which you can actually buy. Lego also recently released its Red Five X-Wing Starfighter set with 1,559 pieces for a much pricier $199.99.
But this model isn’t to promote the Lego set, it’s to excite people for the new Lego Yoda cartoon. The model was built in Lego’s facility in Kladno, Czech Republic. It utilized the efforts of 32 master builders, 17,336 man-hours and 5,335,200 Lego bricks. The model comes with an R2-D2 and sound effects, build over a steel framework to support all the weight – 45,980 pounds! The framework accounts for most of the weight but is necessary to withstand the vibrations of the subway that runs under Manhattan.
The model breaks down into 34 pieces and has been shipped by boat to New York. It took the boat 2 months but it’ll only be on display in Times Square for 3 days starting today! After that it moves to Legoland in California for the rest of the year.
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