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Life-sized Lego X-Wing smashes world record with 5 million bricks

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Somebody at Lego built a life-sized, 5-million-brick model of a Rebel X-Wing fighter. Or rather, 32 somebodies, who spent 17,000 hours building the 43-foot-long, 45,980-pound replica — the largest Lego model in the world. Gizmodo reports that the fighter was assembled at the Lego Model Shop in Kladno, Czech Republic before being shipped to New York City, where it currently sits on display.

Lego had other motivations for building the X-Wing than just breaking records — it’s being used to promote Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles, a new three-part animated series coming to Cartoon Network on Wednesday, May 29th. It's only being shown in New York for three days this week, but Manhattan isn't your only hope; you can also check it out on the West Coast, where it will stay until the end of the year. Alternatively, you could just look at Lego’s official images of the X-Wing's unveiling, fantasize about dogfighting Tie Fighters, and imagine yourself firing proton torpedoes down rat-sized thermal exhaust ports.