If you’re in New York City this week, be sure to stop by Times Square to check out the world’s largest Lego creation, a life-size model of an X-wing starfighter from Star Wars. And if you aren’t in NYC, just check out the photos below. They aren’t quite the same as being there in person, but they’re still pretty damn awesome.
Never before has such an ambitious project been attempted using the medium of Lego. This thing includes more than 5.3 million individual bricks, which is about 2.5 million more bricks than the previous record-holder for largest Lego structure, a 2.8-million brick mecha in the Mall of America in Minnesota. It’s 42 times the size of the standard Lego X-wing set on store shelves.
It weighs in at 46,000 pounds. To those of us who played with Lego as kids, this achievement is especially impressive. When you try to build large structures with Lego, like skyscrapers, they have a way of either falling over and shattering or collapsing in on themselves.
“It has a steel infrastructure that’s built to the seismic code for Carlsbad, for Legoland California,” Lego master builder Erik Varszegi revealed. That seems a bit like cheating to me, but I guess it’s acceptable when the results are as awesome as this thing.
It took 32 people more than 17,000 combined hours to build it, which suggests that they couldn’t find a piece they really needed at one point. Seriously — 17,000 hours? I feel like I could put that thing together in a long weekend if you gave me all the pieces and the instruction booklet.