The mad geniuses at Legos have created a full-scale X-wing fighter made from more than 5 million bricks—the most ever used to build a model. It's currently on display in New York City's Times Square.
The X-wing, for those who didn't study under Professor Yoda, was the ship that destroyed the (first) Death Star in the original "Star Wars."
Gizmodo reports that the behemoth 1:1 scale model, based on Legos' $60 X-wing set, is 11 feet tall and 43 feet long with a wingspan of 44 feet.
The X-wing will hang out in New York for a few days before being transported to the West Coast, where it will reside at Legoland in San Diego.
Thirty-two model builders worked on the fighter. It took more than 17,000 hours to complete and weighs approximately 45,980 pounds, according to Wired.
Twenty-three tons is a whole lot of anything, especially Lego bricks, but much of the model’s weight lies in the model’s steel skeleton, which it needed in order to withstand the vibrations from the subway that runs beneath Duffy Square in Manhattan and any seismic activity it could face in Southern California.
Just like Luke Skywalker, this fighter is ready for anything.
Also, here's a PSA for fans of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy: A similar (and in many ways far more ambitious) project is under way near Nashville, Tenn., where an unspecified number of Star Wars nuts are attempting to build a full-scale Millennium Falcon. It won't fly, but, according to their blog, it will "hold together." You can check out their progress here.
- Visual Arts