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World's Largest LEGO, A Star Wars X-Wing, Lands In Times Square
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Times Square in New York City, LEGO went 'Where no man has gone before'... Wait, that's another movie... Still, it's true. A life size LEGO model of the X-Wing star fighter, along with Yoda, Darth Vader, Chewbaca and the rest of the Star Wars characters are in Times Square until Saturday, May 25th. Reportedly, the Star Wars model X-Wing is made of 5.3 million LEGO bricks, weighing 45,980 pounds, around a steel frame, and took a team of 32 LEGO master model builders more than 17,000 hours to construct. The X-Wing is the largest LEGO model ever created.
Following the model’s New York appearance, the LEGO X-Wing will fly off to LEGOLAND, California, landing on June 13 and remaining on display for the rest of 2013.
The exhibit was created to promote the launch of new Star War productions including "The Yoda Chronicles" on the Cartoon Network and the J.J. Abrams film due in 2015.
Hearing about this late Friday night, I had to get to Times Square to see it for myself. Armed with a good umbrella and my camera, I made my way downtown at ten-thirty at night in spite of the frigid rain and wind. It was definitely worth it in spite of the fact the exhibit was officially closed for the day. It is impossible to imagine how the builders managed to put all those tiny pieces together to create the beautiful and really huge X-Wing fighter. How is it possible they didn't lose one? What kind of mathematical calculations went into fitting all those pieces so perfectly together? My mind boggled. As I had expected, there were not many people out on a night like this and it seemed most just happened on the exhibit, having no inkling it was there. "Is that really made out of LEGO pieces?", one young man asked. When told most certainly it was, he couldn't contain his excitement. "This is incredible", he exclaimed, seemingly astounded. And as Yoda might say, "Incredible, is that."
And as it turns out, the exhibit is likely best viewed at night, when the lights of Times Square as the lights, odd characters and ambiance are all reminiscent of the 'bar scene' in the first Star Wars film.