In order to celebrate the new animated series the Yoda Chronicles, the LEGO Group has done something truly spectacular.
It took a 32-person team over a year to construct the 11-foot-tall, 43-foot-long, 44-foot-wide and 46,000-pound structure, but it was well worth it. With a steel infrastructure designed to keep the whole thing in place, this X-Wing (based on the retail model, if you can believe it) is a true, 1:1 re-creation of the real thing!
So, how does one take 5,335,200 LEGO bricks and turn them into one of Star Wars' most famous starships? LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi was modest by saying, "Essentially, it's just a blow-up of our existing model. The real feat of engineering here is the steel truss frame that's holding it all together."
Did we also mention that the engines light up and simulate take-off sound effects? Because they do!
The ship arrived in pieces from the Czech Republic and was rebuilt in Long Island. As of Thursday, May 23 (30 years to the day from Return of the Jedi's theatrical debut), you can find the X-Wing in Times Square, where it will remain for the next three days before it takes a journey to California, where it will live for the remainder of the year.
Coolest of all, though? Because of the steel frame, the X-Wing is built to withstand a lot of motion and weight. And, to anticipate your question, yes, you can get into the cockpit!
Just in case you won't be able to make it to see this gorgeous LEGO-shaped triumph firsthand, we've included a gallery of images. Check 'em out, and, when you're done, be sure to wipe the drool from your chin.