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If you are near NYC - check out the lifesize lego Xwing
« on: May 23, 2013, 10:54:27 AM »
http://mashable.com/2013/05/23/lego-x-wing/

It's a dream come true for fans across the entire nerd spectrum: a life-sized X-Wing fighter built entirely of LEGOs.

(Just take a second to let the awesomeness of that sentence sink in. Ready? OK.)

In celebration of the upcoming Cartoon Network series The Yoda Chronicles, the LEGO Group unveiled the iconic Star Wars ship — the largest LEGO structure built to date — in New York City's Times Square on Thursday. The ship will remain on display in New York for three days, then be transported to the LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., for the rest of the year.

The huge structure is comprised of 5,335,200 individual LEGO bricks. At 11 feet tall, 43 feet long and 44 feet wide, it weighs almost 46,000 pounds (that's including the steel infrastructure designed to hold the pieces in place.) It's a one-to-one replica of the traditional X-Wing retail model, only 42 times larger.

From conception to completion, the plane took more than one year to make: After months of brainstorming and computerized design, a 32-person team completed construction over the course of four months in Kladno, Czech Republic. Then, the X-Wing was broken up into 32 pieces and transported to Long Island, N.Y., by freight ship.


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We got a sneak peek of the plane last week at an "undisclosed" location (Long Island) and met a few of the project's consultants and creators. One of them, Erik Varszegi, who holds the title "LEGO Master Builder," said the designing process was fairly easy.

"Essentially, it's just a blow-up of our existing model," he told Mashable. "The real feat of engineering here is the steel truss frame that's holding it all together."

The plane's travels through New York, and eventually to California, will resemble its original journey. The plane will be broken into pieces and reassembled over the steel frame. Varszegi said the model and its infrastructure are specially engineered to withstand movement, so the rumble of the subway system below Times Square and the potential seismic activity in California won't pose any problems. Visitors in Times Square will get a chance to climb into its cockpit, too — which, again, the ship is made to withstand.


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"Aside from the Millenium Falcon, the X-Wing is probably the most iconic ship from the series," Varszegi said. "With all of our retail redesigns of the ship — there have been about four or five since it was first introduced — we always come back and try to outdo ourselves. I think this one definitely accomplishes that."

Thursday is a particularly special day for the unveiling: Exactly 30 years ago, on May 23, 1983, Return of the Jedi opened in theaters.

Be sure to check out the plane if you're in New York this weekend. If not, it will reside in California for the rest of the year. The first of three episodes of The Yoda Chronicles will premiere on Comedy Central at 8:00 p.m. EST on May 29.

Take a look through the photos above. What do you think? Which structure would you like to see recreated in LEGO form? Tell us in the comments below.
« Last Edit: May 23, 2013, 03:16:23 PM by Rico »
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Re: If you are near NYC - check out the lifesize lego Xwing
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2013, 12:14:16 PM »
Wow, that is really cool. Amazing how large it is from seeing a couple people standing beside it.

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Re: If you are near NYC - check out the lifesize lego Xwing
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2013, 01:20:14 PM »
Awesome!!!

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Re: If you are near NYC - check out the lifesize lego Xwing
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2013, 02:27:34 PM »
Nice.

Perhaps we can get one in Legoland over here? It's only up the road from me.

(Off topic, the word 'LEGOs' is another of those trans-Atlantic linguistic oddities I keep going on about. There's no such word over here. In Britain this would simply be made of LEGO.)

I know it's unnusual here but I don't have a podcast of my own.

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Re: If you are near NYC - check out the lifesize lego Xwing
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2013, 05:10:30 PM »
Nice.

Perhaps we can get one in Legoland over here? It's only up the road from me.

(Off topic, the word 'LEGOs' is another of those trans-Atlantic linguistic oddities I keep going on about. There's no such word over here. In Britain this would simply be made of LEGO.)
LEGI..?  ;)
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Re: If you are near NYC - check out the lifesize lego Xwing
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2013, 11:27:51 PM »
Nice

I know it's unnusual here but I don't have a podcast of my own.

 




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