X-Wing Jets Into New Home At Legoland California Through End Of Year

Thursday, 1 Aug 2013, 8:42:00 AM

Gail Hodge

The Star Wars X-wing starfighter is on display at Legoland California through the end of the year. It is the largest Lego model in the world.
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The Star Wars X-wing starfighter is on display at Legoland California through the end of the year. It is the largest Lego model in the world.

Legoland, which is home to more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions, has a new claim to fame: it has the world’s largest Lego model on display – the Star Wars X-wing starfighter.

The theme park is aimed at children ages 2 to 12. It is located just over half way between Santa Monica and San Diego, off the 5 Freeway in Carlsbad.

The park’s highlights include Lego Star Wars Miniland Model Display, Pirate Reef, and Lego Legends of Chima 4-D movie.

Back to the world’s largest Lego model. The life-size Lego X-wing starfighter traveled more than 2,800 miles from New York City’s Times Square to Legoland California earlier this year.

It was assembled by the theme park’s Master Model Builders inside a hangar before being unveiled to the public on June 13. It will remain on display through the remainder of the year.

It took 32 builders more than 17,000 hours to construct over about four months.

Weighing more than 45,000 pounds and created from five million Lego bricks, the massive model arrived in six freight trucks which hauled the 1:1 replica X-wing model across the country.

The X-wing is 11 feet tall, stretches 43 feet long and has a wingspan of 44 feet – about 42 times the size of the retail building set.

“At Legoland California we are constantly urging children to build upon their dreams and use their imaginations,” said Legoland California Resort’s Model Shop Supervisor Tim Petsche. “Model Builders took their imagination to the extreme when building this X-wing and once our Park guests see how amazing it is, they’ll also see there’s no limit to what you can build with Lego.”

The X-wing was the marquee attraction at this park’s annual Lego Star Wars Days.

The two-day galactic event held June 15 and 16, attracted fans of all ages dressed as their favorite Star Wars characters.

Guests spent the day participating in activities like the Droid Hunt, Star Wars Costume Contest, Jedi Trivia, Star Wars T-shirt contest, building competition, and interacting with members of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers and Rebel Legion.

Tickets start at $61 for children aged 3-12/ $71 for adults when booked online at least seven days in advance.

For more information, visit www.legoland.com or call 760.918.5346.

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