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Full-sized X-Wing fighter is the largest LEGO model ever

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There's a difference between being a Star Wars fan and being a Star Wars fanatic. We're pretty sure the folks at LEGO fall into the latter camp.

Tourists who wander into Times Square this week are going to be shocked to see a full-sized X-Wing fighter made entirely of LEGO bricks. A stunning 5.3 million of them, to be precise. That makes it the biggest ever, surpassing a LEGO robot at Minnesota's Mall of America by a good 2 million.

As reported by Gizmodo, the 11-foot-tall, 43-foot-long replica will be instantly familiar to many kids and parents who own the significantly smaller $60 toy. For this work of bricky art, LEGO builders (people employed full time by the company to build elaborate sculptures) decided to really challenge themselves.

The finished product took 32 builders some 17,336 hours to put together. That's roughly four months -- which, it's worth noting, is a LOT longer than Luke Skywalker spent learning the ways of the Force on Dagobah.

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The resulting product, which is reinforced with a brick and steel infrastructure, weighs nearly 46,000 pounds and has a wingspan of 44 feet. Built in the LEGO Model Shop in the Czech Republic, it was broken into pieces and brought to America by boat. Once it has finished wowing tourists in New York for a few days, it will find its way to a semi-permanent home at the LEGO Theme Park in California.

The X-Wing is as detailed as you can imagine, with a full-scale R2-D2 unit in the back. And, perhaps best of all, it's not a museum piece. LEGO is encouraging kids to hop into the cockpit, which doubles as a photo booth. Unlike the home LEGO kits, this X-Wing comes with glowing thrusters and authentic sounds, including the familiar beeps from R2.

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It may not make the Kessel run in 12 parsecs, but it's certainly potent enough to engage the imagination.

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