Paris Air Show Thrills with Life-Sized LEGO X-Wing

Visitors to the Paris Air Show, held June 17 through the 23, were thrilled by the appearance of a life-sized LEGO X-Wing fighter from the Star Wars franchise. The X-Wing is constructed at a one to one scale, making it ten meters long, nine meters wide, and two meters tall. The build required 1,584,000 LEGO bricks. That much plastic brings the weight to a total of three tons.

Over the course of three months, LEGO engineers invested a total of 2,500 hours to build the X-Wing, which is not only life-size, but also movie accurate. A life-size C3PO also made an appearance (R2D2 was already in place in the X-Wing). Previously, LEGO had put together another life size X-Wing for an event in New York’s Time Square in 2013. The Paris version is a new build.

This isn’t the first venture into life size models for LEGO. Previously the building brick company had put together a fully functioning Bugatti Chiron. For the air show, LEGO turned to the popular Star Wars story. The X-Wing made its first appearance in Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope, and ever since has been popular among fans. The life-size LEGO model was built to commemorate the 20th anniversary of LEGO Star Wars. If life size is too big of a project, then you can always tackle the 75218 X-Wing Starfighter set available from LEGO.

The Paris Air Show is the largest air show and aerospace industry exhibition worldwide and is held biannually at Le Bourget Airport in North Paris. Le Bourget is also home to the Air and Space Museum. Aside from the X-Wing, the show includes displays of aircrafts, spacecrafts, satellites, aircraft engines, an aerospace power-plant, aerospace equipment and systems, cabin interiors, tools and software, and more. Both civilian and military aircraft put on demonstrations.