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‘Life-Size’ X-Wing Starfighter, World’s Biggest Lego Model, Lands in New York

Lego, Disney Keep Using the Force for Profits
The world's largest LEGO model is on display at Times Square in New York, May 23
The world's largest LEGO model is on display at Times Square in New York, May 23Photograph by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images

Star Wars saved Lego. Star Wars almost killed Lego. Both statements are equally true, and the Danish toymaker provided a perfect moment to contemplate this paradox earlier today in a muggy Times Square, when it unveiled the world’s largest ever Lego model: a 5.3 million-brick, “life-size” X-Wing Starfighter.

The Star Wars-themed, 46,000-pound spacecraft (on display through May 25) took 32 people more than 17,000 combined hours to snap together, and arrived in 34 sections by container ship from Kladno, Czech Republic. It has a 2 million-brick lead on the former biggest Lego record-holder, a 3 million-brick robot in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. “It has a steel infrastructure that’s built to the seismic code for Carlsbad, for Legoland California,” says master builder Erik Varszegi, a designer on the X-Wing “build,” as enthusiasts say. “It’s really the same design as the retail set, but at 42 times the scale.” Like the gargantuan inflatable characters that loom above the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the X-Wing seemed, initially, an alien presence at Broadway and 46th Street in New York—and yet, within seconds, completely self-evident.