LEGO Star Wars(TM) X-wing Starfighter Lands at LEGOLAND California Resort in Time for LEGO Star Wars(TM) Days!
June 13, 2013

More than five million LEGO® bricks used to create life-size X-wing starfighter

CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 13, 2013) – After traveling more than 2,800 miles from New York City’s Times Square, the world’s largest LEGO® model is now on display at LEGOLAND® California Resort. The life-size LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing starfighter has been assembled by the theme park’s Master Model Builders inside a hangar to be on display for Park guests to enjoy starting June 13 through the remainder of the year.

Weighing more than 45,000 pounds and created from five million LEGO bricks, the massive model arrived in six freight trucks which hauled the 1:1 replica X-wing model across the country. The X-wing is 11 feet tall, stretches 43 feet long and has a wingspan of 44 feet.

“At LEGOLAND California we are constantly urging children to build upon their dreams and use their imaginations,” said LEGOLAND California Resort’s Model Shop Supervisor Tim Petsche.  “Model Builders took their imagination to the extreme when building this X-wing and once our Park guests see how amazing it is, they’ll also see there’s no limit to what you can build with LEGO.“

The X-wing is the marquee attraction at this Park’s annual LEGO Star Wars ™ Days. The two-day galactic event held June 15 and 16, attracts fans of all ages dressed as their favorite Star Wars characters. Guests can spend the day participating in activities like the Droid Hunt, Star Wars Costume Contest, Jedi Trivia, Star Wars T-shirt contest, building competition and interacting with members of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers and Rebel Legion.

LEGO Star Wars X-wing starfighter model fun facts:

Contains 5,335,200 LEGO bricks
Weighs 45,980 pounds
Height: 11 feet / 3.35 meters
Length: 43 feet / 13.1 meters
Wingspan: 44 feet / 13.44 meters
32 builders spent 17,336 hours to construct – about 4 months
Built in the LEGO Model Shop in Kladno, Czech Republic
Is a one-to-one replica of LEGO Star Wars set #9493; The model is 42 times the size of the retail building set

LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park and LEGOLAND® Hotel which opened on April 5, 2013. All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display,  Pirate Reef and LEGO Legends of Chima 4-D movie.  SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails. LEGOLAND Water Park features more than 7 slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River. The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, or kingdom plus more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the three-story hotel. For more information, visit  www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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