This is the 5,335,200-piece LEGO X-wing fighter, a full-scale version of the 560-piece set the company actually sells. It's not pure LEGO though, it has a steel armature inside so the whole nose doesn't fall off when some tourist turns around and farts at the thing. Facts and figures:
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
Wow -- 5,335,200 LEGO pieces, that's a lot of plastic. And as much as I love the end result and want it in my backyard so I can play space everyday and die happy, I can't help but wonder if that plastic could have gone to better use. Like, are we being wasteful? Is this going to cause plastic prices to rise? Because if they start charging for sporks at Taco Bell we're gonna have a problem. And I'm not talking about regular Taco Bell problems like shitting your pants either.
Hit the jump for a couple more shots but head over to Gizmodo to see even more in high-res.
Thanks to RayleighJean, Cody, E V I L A R E S and T.J., who are determined to have their picture taken while sitting in the cockpit (which you can do for the next three days in Times Square then for the rest of the year somewhere on the west coast and hopefully near me so I can plan a heist. Shhhhhhhhh!)