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Today in New York, The LEGO Group is having a event to celebrate the premiere of LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles next week Wednesday on Cartoon Network. They will be unveiling the world’s largest LEGO model and s you can see from the image above, it will be pretty big. The “set” called the Secret Model Indestructable Box contains 5,335,200 pieces and weighs 45,980 lbs. Once unveiled to the public, the model will be on display until May 25th so if you’re in Times Square, you can go take a look at it too. If you’re on Twitter, follow The LEGO Group to see their updates on the event by using the hashtag #LEGOYodaNYC. Last week, LEGO sent out a promotional set to the media to promote the animated series as well.

Update: The model has been revealed and it is a life-size X-Wing Starfighter. More details after the jump.

The X-Wing is 43 feet long, 44 feet wide, and 11 feet tall and was built in Kladno, Czech Republic. It took 32 Master Builders to create and over 17,000 hours to finish. There are also models of Luke Skywalker, Jek Porkins, R2-D2, R5-D8, as well as Yoda wearing a NY I LOVE shirt. The X-Wing is modeled after original set 9493 but this version is 42 times bigger. The X-Wing will be displayed in New York until Saturday, May 25th at 7pm, then it will be shipped off to LEGO California where it will be displayed until the end of the year which is perfect timing for Star Wars Days in June. The landing of the X-Wing in LEGO California will be on June 13th. To see the more images of the X-Wing in the holding hanger, check out BrickJournal and Gizmodo. Below is the official press release:

The LEGO Group Unveils World’s Largest LEGO® model To Delight LEGO Star Wars™ fans across the galaxy

-More than five million LEGO bricks used to create life-sized X-Wing starfighter in celebration of new LEGO Star Wars animated TV special “The Yoda™ Chronicles” premiering on Cartoon Network-

NEW YORK CITY (May 23, 2013) – The LEGO Group today unveiled the world’s largest LEGO model, a 1:1 replica of the LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing starfighter, in New York’s Times Square. To celebrate the upcoming premiere of The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network on Wednesday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. (ET, PT), the massive replica took 32 master builders, five million LEGO bricks and over 17,000 hours to complete. The model weighs nearly 46,000 pounds, stands 11 feet tall and 43 feet long, with a wingspan of 44 feet. The Model will “take off” for a summer landing at LEGOLAND® California Resort where it will be installed through the remainder of the year.

“Just as kids love to test and hone their LEGO building skills and imaginative storytelling, our LEGO Master Builders are always testing their creative skills to top their last larger-than-life sized creations,” said Michael McNally, Brand Relations Director for LEGO Systems. “The size and structural complexity of a freestanding model 42 times the size of one our retail sets was a challenge they could not resist.”

LEGO Star Wars is the original and most successful licensed product collection in The LEGO Group’s history and remains among the best-selling global toy lines. The theme’s evergreen strength comes from its appeal across generations to fans of all ages and a steady introduction of digital content such as The Yoda Chronicles to compliment the building experience.

“Much the same way that fans can build the Star Wars universe with our LEGO sets, we are fortunate to work with Lucasfilm to build new stories, characters and vehicles through one-of-a-kind content such as the new “Yoda Chronicles” miniseries launching on Cartoon Network,” said Nicholas Hort, LEGO Star Wars brand manager.

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 42x the size of the retail building set
The model was heavily engineered to withstand all the transportation, setup/break down and to ensure it was safe for Times Square given the subway system below and California’s seismic requirements for the LEGOLAND California Resort installation.

How to Celebrate From a “Galaxy Far, Far Away” with Cool Content and LEGO Bricks
“The Yoda Chronicles”
The Yoda Chronicles is an exciting, funny and action-packed new LEGO Star Wars story told in three animated TV specials. “The Phantom Clone” will premiere on Wednesday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. (ET, PT) on Cartoon Network with specials two and three airing later this year. In the first of three specials, a brand new character, Jek 14 will enter the Star Wars universe. Created by the LEGO Group, Jek 14 is a clone who has been ‘enhanced’ by the Force.
LEGO Star Wars Red Five X-Wing Starfighter™
The most detailed and realistic version of the construction set, the LEGO Star Wars Red Five X-Wing Starfighter, is now available as the ultimate collectible. This exclusive model that contains over 1,500 LEGO bricks comes with a special display stand and data sheet label, is available at LEGO® brand retail stores and shop.LEGO.com for $199.99 USD.

For more information, visit LEGO.com/StarWars

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X-Wing Facts

This LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing Starfighter model is the world’s largest LEGO model built to-date, 11-feet tall and 43 feet long with a wingspan measuring 44 feet. It is a 1:1 model 42 times the size of a detailed building set currently available for children of all ages. After three days in New York City’s Times Square, the Model will “take off” for a summer landing at LEGOLAND® California Resort where it will be installed for the remainder of the year.

An international team of designers, builders, engineers, mechanics and logistics experts spent over a year bringing this model from brainstorm to reality using the same bricks and elements featured in the general LEGO retail collection.

Key Model Specifications
Contains 5,335,200 LEGO bricks
Weighs 45,979.61 pounds (including bricks and steel infrastructure)
Height: 11 feet / 3.35 meters
Length: 43 feet / 13.1 meters
Wingspan: 44 feet / 13.44 meters
32 builders spent 17,336 hours (about 4 months) to construct
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 42x the size of the retail construction set
The model was heavily engineered to withstand all the transportation, setup/break down and to ensure it was safe for Times Square given the subway system below and California’s seismic requirements for the LEGOLAND California Resort installation.

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The Jedi Master Returns In LEGO® Star Wars™:The Yoda Chronicles
30-Minute Special Premieres Wednesday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. (ET, PT)
Two Additional Specials To Air In 2013

LEGO®Star Wars™ returns in epic style with The Yoda Chronicles, an exciting, funny and action-packed new LEGO Star Wars story told in three animated TV specials. “The Phantom Clone” will premiere on Wednesday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. (ET, PT) on Cartoon Network with specials two and three airing later this year. In the first of three specials, a brand new character, Jek 14 will enter the Star Wars universe. Created by the LEGO Group, Jek 14is aclone who has been ‘enhanced’ by the Force.

Set in the prequel Star Wars era, The Yoda Chronicles features the one and only Yoda — the Jedi Master who has seen it all, done it all and taught generations of Jedi Knights. With help from a fresh class of Padawans, Yoda leads the Jedi in a desperate fight to stop Darth Sidious and his minions from creating a new super-weapon that could crush the Republic and win the war for the forces of evil.

In “The Phantom Clone,” under the orders of Darth Sidious, Count Dooku sets out to create the new ultimate weapon for the Sith. It is now up to Yoda and the Padawans to prevent Dooku from carrying out his plan but will they be too late? Tune-in on Wednesday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. (ET, PT) for action, suspense and comedy in this all-new LEGO Star Wars special.

The LEGO Star Wars specials have quickly become fan favorites on Cartoon Network. Last year’s The Empire Strikes Out premiered as the #1 telecast of the week among boys 9-14, and the #1 telecast of the day among kids 6-11 and key boy demos, according to Nielsen Media Research.

LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles is written by Michael Price (The Simpsons) and produced by Threshold Animation. This special marks the first time entirely new Star Wars characters and vehicles have been created specifically for LEGO Star Wars. Building sets related to The Yoda Chronicles and featuring Jek 14 will be available in August.

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