Yesterday, Lego pulled off a major public relations stunt and unveiled the world’s largest model made from plastic bricks in New York’s Times Square. The Star Wars X-wing starfighter measures 11 feet tall, 43 feet long and has a 44-foot-long wingspan. Thirty-two builders spent 17,336 hours putting together 5,333,200 bricks to build the starfighter, an aircraft that Luke Skywalker famously sat behind the controls of when he destroyed the Death Star. Builders used the same bricks that you find in a typical Lego-building kit.
robot made from 3 million Lego pieces on display at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., is the former title holder for world’s largest Lego model.
The starfighter model was assembled at the Lego model shop in Kladno, Czech Republic, and made the trip to the United States on a a cargo ship. It will spend three days in Times Square before being broken into large sections and transported to Lego California Resort on flatbed trucks.
“It has a steel infrastructure that’s built to the seismic code for Carlsbad,” master builder Erik Varszegi
Businessweek. “It’s really the same design as the retail set, but at 42 times the scale.”
Yes, this is all one big PR stunt for a toy company that’s bringing in a billion dollars a year, but if you’re an 8-year-old boy, like my son, who spends his days after school snapping together plastic bricks to build medieval castle with working drawbridges, space ships with laser blasters and modern homes with elaborate roof decks, then you think this starfighter is pretty cool and only wish your own bedroom floor was big enough to build something so grand.