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).
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