A Look at the Times Square X-Wing
Sunday, June 9th, 2013 at 4:30pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager
Near the end of May, LEGO unveiled the world's largest LEGO model in Times Square, New York in order to promote the Yoda Chronicles TV series. We shared some info about both the X-Wing and the show, but we're not quite done. I was able to make it into the city before it got shipped out to LEGOLand California, and thought I'd share with you some pictures and thoughts from the event.
If the pictures above don't get the idea across, this thing is big. Over five million LEGO pieces are sure impressive to see. There's obviously a metal skeleton supporting the whole thing, and the cockpit and laser cannons aren't entirely covered in bricks, but that doesn't make it any less incredible. There's a huge level of detail, like Technic pins coming through Technic beams, rubber bands made out of bricks, and the LEGO logo on exposed studs. The big draw for the public was that you could sit inside the cockpit and get your picture taken. The line to do that was over an hour and a half though, so I passed.
There were also a number of Star Wars characters made out of LEGO on display, including Yoda, R2-D2, C-3P0, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and Boba Fett. I may have missed one or two. These were also big photo opportunities for people walking through.
There were also several other displays and activities going on. The current line of sets was there to entice people to go to the nearby Toys 'R' Us to buy some stuff. There was also a Master Builder Academy tent where kids could learn some building secrets from LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi. A giant Star Wars pipe organ was also there belting out the main theme from the movies. Finally, for those who didn't make the cut (or feel like waiting in line) for the academy, there was an X-Wing mini build activity going on as well.
I got a chance to talk to Erik for a bit about the event. He said the turnout had been great despite some crazy weather and a rainout Thursday night. Additionally, Times Square had to be closed down more than usual to allow for the pieces of the X-Wing to be brought in on semi trucks and assembled with cranes Wednesday night. Then on Sunday they had to do the whole thing over again. And while Erik wasn't involved directly in the build, he told me that he talked to his fellow designers in the Czech Republic about it and they overcame some huge challenges to make it all work out. I'm glad it did!
This was definitely an awesome event and I'm glad I was able to see it in person. If you're in the San Diego area, be sure to check it out at LEGOLand California before it's gone!
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