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World’s largest Lego model unveiled in Times Square!

Five million of those classic tiny bricks make up the Star Wars spacecraft awaiting takeoff in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

    Lego Star Wars in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

    Lego Star Wars in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

    Lego Star Wars in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

    Lego Star Wars in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

    Lego Star Wars in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

    Lego Star Wars in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

    Lego Star Wars in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

    Lego Star Wars in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

    Lego Star Wars in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

    Lego Star Wars in Times Square

Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

Lego Star Wars in Times Square

Fans young and old gawked in delight as the largest Lego sculpture ever built was unveiled in Times Square on Thursday morning, May 23. Even better news for nerds? It’s Star Wars-themed: The design is a 1:1 scale replica of the same X-Wing Starfighter that’s on toy store shelves—just 42 times larger. Clocking in at 45,980 pounds, the massive structure uses over five million bricks and took 32 builders more than four months to create. But don’t let those astronomical figures discourage little ones from attempting to beat the record—the Starfighter is held together with a steel frame which allowed it to be taken apart during the ship freight across the Atlantic from the Lego Model Shop in Kladno, Czech Republic. Unfortunately, NYC is just one stop on the Starfighter’s journey to its permanent home at the Legoland Resort in California, so plan a visit before blastoff. During its time in Times Square (through Saturday, May 25), pilots-in-training can take turns climbing into the cockpit and pretend to navigate a galaxy far, far away. The structure was built in conjunction with the debut of the new animated miniseries The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network, but that wasn't the only occasion worth celebrating: Thursday also marked thirty years since Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi premiered in theaters.


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