After more than a year in the making, LEGO chose New York City's Times Square to unveil the largest LEGO model ever built. Fans of Star Wars and LEGO alike gathered in the Center of the World to marvel at the gigantic masterpiece made up of over 5.3 million LEGO bricks.
Before the unveiling, many wondered what they’d be seeing, with many guessing that it would be a not-so-small version of the Jedi Master Yoda, especially considering that this event was put together partially to promote the new LEGO Star Wars Yoda Chronicles 3-part special series on Cartoon Network, airing May 29th at 8pm (ET/PT). But many were surprised to find a 1:1 scale life-sized X-Wing fighter rolled out before them when the big moment arrived.
In a special behind-the-scenes clip, Brand Relations Director Michael McNally and LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi spoke about what went into building the biggest LEGO model ever constructed and what the partnership between LEGO and Star Wars means to the companies as well as to fans around the world.
LEGO Red Five X-Wing Fact Sheet
- Contains 5,335,200 LEGO bricks
- Weighs 45,979.61 pounds (including bricks and steel infrastructure)
- Height: 11 feet / 3.35 meters
- Length: 43 feet / 13.1 meters
- Wingspan: 44 feet / 13.44 meters
- 32 builders spent 17,336 hours (about 4 months) to construct
- Built in the LEGO Model Shop in Kladno, Czech Republic
- Is a one-to-one replica of LEGO Star Wars set #9493; The model is 42x the size of the retail construction set
- The model was heavily engineered to withstand all the transportation, setup/break down and to ensure it was safe for Times Square given the subway system below and California’s seismic requirements for the LEGOLAND California Resort installation.