Holy smokes friends, LEGO-building just reached a whole new level of awesomeness. This is a life-size model of a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter and it was built using 5,335,200 LEGO bricks. It’s a perfect reproduction of LEGO’s 9493 X-Wing Fighter kit, which consists of a comparatively paltry 560 pieces. The giant starfighter measures 11-feet-tall, 43-feet-long, and sports a 44-foot wingspan. That’s 42 times larger than the original LEGO kit and big enough to accomodate Luke Skywalker (and already includes R2-D2). It’s the largest LEGO model ever built. 

Unveiled by LEGO at Time Square in NYC, the model was created to promote the original Lego Star Wars animation TV series ‘ The Yoda Chronicles,’ premiering on the Cartoon Network on Wednesday, May 29th at 8:00PM.

The X-Wing was built at the Lego Model Shop at the company’s facility in Kladno, Czech Republic. It took 32 “master builders” (Note: This is a real job, and we’re preparing our resumés.) 17,336 man-hours to construct the X-Wing. Plans for the model were created using Lego’s proprietary 3-D design software, and the construction team had to work with a team of structural engineers to ensure that the model was safe, master builder Erik Varszegi told Wired.”

"Once completed, the model — which weighs 45,980 pounds — was broken down into 34 pieces to be shipped to New York by boat (the voyage took two boats two months to complete). Lest the West Coast feel left out, the starfighter is coming to Legoland California after its tenure in Times Square and will remain there until the end of the year. Twenty-three tons is a whole lot of anything, especially Lego bricks, but much of the model’s weight lies in the model’s steel skeleton, which it needed in order to withstand the vibrations from the subway that runs beneath Duffy Square in Manhattan and any seismic activity it could face in Southern California."

Visit Gizmodo to learn more about this awesome creation, including video footage and many more photos, all taken by Nick Stango.

[via Gizmodo, Wired, and Laughing Squid]