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Meet the 23-Ton X-Wing, the World's Largest Lego Model 121

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First time accepted submitter awaissoft writes "There's big, then there's really big, and then there's colossal, which might be a good word to use when describing a near 46,000-pound Lego X-Wing that made a triumphant debut Thursday in New York's Times Square. The full-size replica, about 42 times the size of the Lego Star Wars X-Wing set available on store shelves, celebrates the debut of Cartoon Network's The Yoda Chronicles, which premieres on May 29 at 8 p.m. It took a small army of 32 Lego master builders, housed in a facility in the Czech Republic, to build the 45,980-pound, or 23-ton, Lego ship. It stands 11 feet high and 43 feet long, and contains more than 5 million Lego pieces."
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Meet the 23-Ton X-Wing, the World's Largest Lego Model

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  • Problem (Score:5, Funny)

    by girlintraining (1395911) on Thursday May 23, 2013 @09:34PM (#43808675)

    The wings don't lock into the attack position. My nerd rage knows no bounds.

    • Re:Problem (Score:5, Funny)

      by bill_mcgonigle (4333) * on Thursday May 23, 2013 @10:06PM (#43808869) Homepage Journal

      wings

      I think you mean S-foils [wikia.com].

      You can turn in your nerd card at the door.

      • Re:Problem (Score:5, Interesting)

        by girlintraining (1395911) on Thursday May 23, 2013 @10:39PM (#43809033)

        I think you mean S-foils.You can turn in your nerd card at the door.

        "S-foils, also known as Strike foils or Stability foils, and on occasion as X-foils,[1] were movable wings..."

        You can turn in your engineering card at the door.

        • Re:Problem (Score:4, Insightful)

          by bill_mcgonigle (4333) * on Thursday May 23, 2013 @10:50PM (#43809081) Homepage Journal

          Yes, everybody knows they're wings (that's somewhat inherent in X-Wing).

          Nerds call them S-foils.

          • Nerds call them S-foils.

            Maybe starwars nerds have no problem with the wide assortment of whimisically named technology in the movies, but engineering nerds like myself are somewhat annoyed by the totally counterintuitive and useless name of 's-foil', which only a starwars nerd would recognize. For the rest of the world, the engineering term wings are a better description. Of course, in about 30 seconds, my computer's going to catch fire and begin vomitting angry noises as it's assaulted by millions of angry Lucas-lovers beating th

            • agrees with you. who would use the term 'rotor' or 'blades'?

        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by Xest (935314)

          This has totally turned from humour into an actual nerd fight.

          I'll get the popcorn.

      • by Joce640k (829181)

        wings

        I think you mean S-foils [wikia.com].

        You can turn in your nerd card at the door.

        Logic 101:

        All S-foils are wings. Not all wings are S-foils.

        The clue is in the name "X-wing".

      • Well done
    • I am surprised that the lego pieces at the bottom don't get crushed from the weight.

  • I bet it's glued together - no Lego model that heavy could support its own weight. Cheat!
    • Re:Glue (Score:5, Funny)

      by kcmastrpc (2818817) on Thursday May 23, 2013 @09:39PM (#43808697)
      nonsense. the force is holding this one together.
    • by Smauler (915644)

      Weighs 45,979.61 pounds (including bricks and steel infrastructure)

      I don't think glue would cut it with something this size, and the loads it needs.

    • by Joce640k (829181)

      Never mind that, I want to know who has enough money to buy 22 tons of LEGO. That stuff's more expensive than gold.

    • by Misagon (1135)

      From what I have hard, the Lego model makers use solvent to chemically weld the pieces together.

      When they can get a legal permit, they use GBL [wikipedia.org] -- which unfortunately would turn into the drug GHB when you add water. Otherwise they use MEK [wikipedia.org]. GBL is believed by Lego to be less toxic than MEK. (Well.. you are not supposed to drink either, so this is about skin contact and fumes.)

  • by ClaraBow (212734) on Thursday May 23, 2013 @09:40PM (#43808701)
    but does it run CrunchBang Linux?
  • I'm sure this is a real thing someone actually did and not just a poor photoshop someone did to try to increase the traffic to their blog.

    • Re:Seems legit. . . (Score:5, Interesting)

      by mooingyak (720677) on Thursday May 23, 2013 @09:52PM (#43808783)

      It's in Times Square. Not exactly an obscure location.

      Also, totally visible from my desk, which for once made having offices in Times Square not suck.

      • by mosb1000 (710161)

        Then may I suggest links to some legitimate press coverage, rather than a link to an obscure blog no one goes to with a low resolution photo?

      • by Anonymous Coward

        It's in Times Square. Not exactly an obscure location.

        Also, totally visible from my desk, which for once made having offices in Times Square not suck.

        You have a job where you can see times square from your desk and you say it sucks? I would trade your view for mine of a black topped parking lot and a building on the other side of it for yours any day of the week, so would millions of others who don't get to see times square of all places.

        You need to appreciate what you have.

        • by mooingyak (720677)

          You have a job where you can see times square from your desk and you say it sucks? I would trade your view for mine of a black topped parking lot and a building on the other side of it for yours any day of the week, so would millions of others who don't get to see times square of all places.

          You need to appreciate what you have.

          And you what you have. I would take you up on that trade in a heartbeat.

          The only plus is that I moved to the opposite side of the building so I'm not facing the giant flashing Nasdaq billboard all day long. There are flashing lights everywhere, it's very crowded, and the food is mediocre and expensive. I've worked in a few different parts of Manhattan and this is by far the shittiest.

        • It's in Times Square. Not exactly an obscure location.

          Also, totally visible from my desk, which for once made having offices in Times Square not suck.

          You have a job where you can see times square from your desk and you say it sucks? I would trade your view for mine of a black topped parking lot and a building on the other side of it for yours any day of the week, so would millions of others who don't get to see times square of all places.

          You need to appreciate what you have.

          Lucky! The pair of ye. The only view I have is from whatever webcam I happen to browse to.

        • by Zakabog (603757)

          I work near Penn Station and it's pretty terrible but not nearly as bad asTimes Square. The obnoxious lights, the swarms of tourists, the constant noise. I know a few people who work overlooking Times Square and while it's a nice place to visit, you wouldn't want to deal with that every day. Plus to top it all off, everything around there is a tourist trap. There's practically no good food around (it's almost all chains since not many small places can afford the rent) and all of the prices are ridiculously

          • by mooingyak (720677)

            The best offices I've seen are around Chelsea and the West Village, and any place that overlooks the park.

            We only moved to Times Square about 6 months ago. We were in Chelsea before that, and I absolutely miss that office.

        • All I can see from my window is a flower-strewn meadow, a hill, a forest, a wind turbine, an orchard. And it's all mine.

          Times Square? Black-top parking lot? You can keep them.

          • by Molochi (555357)

            Sounds kinda like the Adobe, Microsoft, and (coming soon) NSA campuses in Lehi. Less forest and more snowcapped mountains though.

    • by laejoh (648921)
      Definitively photoshopped [xkcd.com]!
    • by Misagon (1135)

      It is made from large Lego bricks ... made from Lego bricks.

      I also thought that the picture in the article was photoshopped, until I saw close-up pictures of each "brick" being jagged.

  • Looks blocky, like they were modeling after a small Lego model kit rather than an X-Wing as portray in the movies.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      That is exactly what they did. It is a scaled up model of Lego set 9493. Too bad it wasn't the UCS that came out this year....

      • by LBt1st (709520)

        I was disappointed by this as well. It's more like a replica of a replica. I was hoping they made something more detailed.

  • by msobkow (48369) on Thursday May 23, 2013 @09:50PM (#43808777) Homepage Journal

    How much did Disney pay for this blatant slashvertisement?

    • Slashdot doesn't need any credits... move along.
    • by ThePeices (635180)

      How much did Disney pay for this blatant slashvertisement?

      Disney paid $0.00

      Lego X-Wing models are nerdy enough to warrant mention on Slashdot.

      Sorry if this doesnt fit into your conspiracy theory way of thinking, but thems the breaks.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      They built an X-Wing (model) out of Legos. Shut your fucking face and let the rest of us enjoy it.

    • by chrismcb (983081)
      Huh?
      Isn't this "news for nerds?"
      Don't nerds like legos AND Star Wars?
      Wouldn't nerds want to know about the world's largest lego replica?
      Why does everything have to be a "slashvertisement?"
      • by cinky (2632165)
        Let me explain to you how this works: you see, the corporations finance Slashdot, and then Slashdot goes out... and the corporations sit there in their... in their corporation buildings, and... and, and see, they're all corporation-y... and they make money.
      • by polar red (215081)

        Don't nerds like legos AND Star Wars?

        I *DON'T* like star wars. It's not SF, it's barely fantasy. it has a paper-thin plot. The only thing it's got going for it is the FX.

        • I *DON'T* like star wars.

          Perhaps you are on the wrong website.
          You know, THEY say that there is an exception to every rule (Except rule 34 obviously), perhaps you are that exception.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This is quite possibly the most pointless blogspam ever. At least provide a link to a reputable outlet [wired.com].

  • As mentioned it's been glued or a metal substructure. At 23 tons it's no easy piece
    to move; displaying it will always be an effort and great expense. I see it being
    very easy to break (not being involved in it's construction) as it has a large
    unsupported extension.

    Not wishing to offend those who enjoyed building it I'm sure, but what's to become of it.
    Only place it could go would be to a Lego museum and LO I find there's one in the planning
    http://www.salon.com/2013/03/24/danish_architecture_firm_tapped_to_de [salon.com]

  • by l0ungeb0y (442022) on Thursday May 23, 2013 @10:02PM (#43808851) Homepage Journal

    Seems the editors couldn't figure out submitter "awaisoft" is a pissant blogger on the awaisoft.com domain
    There have been many articles about this around the Net today, and o fall of them, this one is by far the worst.
    For fuck sake, the entire blog posting was copied and pasted verbatim into the summary.

    Here's a real article over at PopSci with many pictures, a video and a good many more words about the project and what went into it.
    http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-05/world%E2%80%99s-largest-lego-model-life-size-x-wing-video [popsci.com]

    • Absolutely. I don't know what everyone's geekasming about its a scale model of a much smaller lego model. Now if they'd based on the Hays X-Wing manual then I'd be interested :D
    • by msobkow (48369)

      Now that's an article that doesn't slashvertise Disney's new show. It's informative, focuses on the Lego company instead of Disney, and was an enjoyable read.

  • It's actually not a full-sized X-wing, but a scaled up Lego X-wing, with the little bumps of the Lego blocks and all.

    Frankly, I think it's actually more fun this way than if it were a full-scale replica out of Lego. There's something "meta" about building a big Lego piece out of smaller Lego pieces.

    • It's actually not a full-sized X-wing, but a scaled up Lego X-wing, with the little bumps of the Lego blocks and all.

      Frankly, I think it's actually more fun this way than if it were a full-scale replica out of Lego. There's something "meta" about building a big Lego piece out of smaller Lego pieces.

      Yeah, except I can't find a white 4 block anywhere. Someone's used them all.

  • Is there a source of pictures of it that actually show some detail and aren't messed up by a filter?

  • by batwingTM (202524) on Friday May 24, 2013 @12:28AM (#43809455) Homepage

    This is pretty awesome, but Largest LEGO model, no way
    LEGO House [flickr.com]

    • Actual sense of scale here: House Built From LEGO [thecontaminated.com] Helps that it had a flat roof and mostly bare walls on its breadbox shape. But still that's a heckuva lot of bricks that went into the thing.

      • by Smauler (915644)

        It's been knocked down now - there was no planning permission for the house, and they could not find someone who would pay 50,000 pounds to get it anywhere.

        Seems a shame, really... you'd have thought some rich bastard would have taken it.

  • by Tablizer (95088) on Friday May 24, 2013 @04:29AM (#43810433) Homepage Journal

    The strongest girlfriend repellant ever made.

  • Why does everything these days have to be photographed with that shitty instagram 70's polaroid look ? its not cool ! Bring back decent photography pleas - i want to see some detail on that X-wing
  • Must be nice to have an infinite supply of the right colors.

  • by VorpalRodent (964940) on Friday May 24, 2013 @08:57AM (#43811417)
    Let me just say that they are doing a horrible job at antialiasing. I looked at those pictures, and there's jaggies all over.
  • It's small compared to the size of the lego ship they had to make to ship it from Europe to NY.

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