Tag Archives: life-sized

Close to the stars: LEGO Star Wars X-Wing lands on the top of Europe [NEWS]

To promote Triple Force Friday, LEGO GmbH took their Star Wars celebration to the Swiss Alps, unveiling a giant LEGO X-Wing atop Jungfraujoch, also known as “the top of Europe.” While it’s not the first life-size LEGO X-Wing ever made, it is the first time one has been displayed atop the Alps!

Full press release (rough translation from the original German press release) and image gallery from LEGO below.


Close to the stars: LEGO Star Wars™ X-Wing™ lands on the top of Europe

  • On today’s “Force Friday,” a life-size LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing™ built from 2.5 million LEGO® elements has landed 3,454 meters (11345.14 ft) above sea level on the Jungfraujoch – “Top of Europe”.
  • This makes the Jungfraujoch the highest point on the planet where a LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing™ starfighter has ever landed.
  • As of October 4, 2019, ten new LEGO® Star Wars™ sets are available worldwide for the movie Star Wars™: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • With LEGO® Star Wars™, one of the most popular LEGO® product lines continues the Skywalker saga in the 20th anniversary of the licensing agreement.
  • Jungfraujoch, Munich – October 4, 2019: “Do or do not. There is no try,” says Jedi Master Yoda to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars™: The Empire Strikes Back. Yoda then uses the Force to lift an X-Wing™ out of the swamp, making the impossible possible for Luke. In the spirit of this message, on “Force Friday,” October 4, 2019 LEGO GmbH unveiled atop the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland a faithful LEGO® replica of the distinctive Star Wars™ X-Wing™ starfighter from the Skywalker saga. True to the motto “The Force is in your Hands,” LEGO GmbH wants to show that even things that may seem too challenging can be mastered by landing the large model at the highest point on which an X-Wing™ has ever landed – at least in this galaxy.

    With the landing of the LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing™ on the longest glacier in the Alps, LEGO GmbH also celebrates a very special partnership; the licensing agreement signed 20 years ago marked the beginning of a successful intergalactic journey that has since brought people together across both generations and countries.

    The LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing™ was built by LEGO® Certified Professional Georg Schmitt with his ten-member team, made entirely of 2.5 million LEGO bricks, and measures a remarkable ten by ten meters (32.8 ft x 32.8 ft). It took more than 1,500 hours to build the LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing™.

    “For 20 years, LEGO® Star Wars™ has been inspiring children and adults worldwide, representing limitless play and building. Bringing a life-size LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing™ onto the Jungfraujoch symbolizes the power of creativity and shows that, with the new LEGO® Star Wars™ sets in our hands, it’s up to us to continue the story after the last episode,” explains Florian Gmeiner, Senior Marketing Director at LEGO GmbH. “Playing with LEGO® bricks inspires your imagination and allows you to tell stories and sometimes even master challenges. With this event we want to motivate everyone to believe in their dreams and their potential, because: ‘The Force is in your Hands.'”

    Fans of all ages can look forward to ten new LEGO® Star Wars™ sets, which will be available in stores worldwide on October 4, 2019. In addition to new LEGO® Star Wars™ products for the movie Star Wars:™ The Rise of Skywalker, which will be released in cinemas in Switzerland and Germany on December 18, 2019, there will be a reissue of the Yoda™ sculpture as well as a new version of the popular Millennium Falcon™, with which young and old can create their own personal adventures in search of Kylo Ren’s™ Shuttle. With the new LEGO® Star Wars™ sets, the story is retold – it’s in your hands!

    For more information about LEGO® Star Wars™ products, visit https://www.lego.com/de-de/themes/star-wars (US | CAN | UK)


    Now you’re playing with portable power

    As a slightly sentimental fool, sitting on the shelf directly above my workspace is an original Nintendo Game Boy that fills me with moments of reminisce. LEGO sculptor Chungpo Cheng has created a smashing rendition that would not look out of place in my hands or alongside any of his other life-size models of Minifig utensils. The iconic “three rounded and one sharp angle” corners of the Game Boy have been captured nicely, and the spacing between the buttons brings brick-built gaming to the streets.

    Nintendo Game Boy

    What really gets me, though, is the power light. Quite a few LEGO Game Boy’s have been made over the years, but this is one of the first I have seen that has such a realistic looking screen. My guess is the light was made out of a red mechanical claw pushed through the back of the ever popular headlight brick.

    Nintendo Game Boy

    For a quick look at a maxi-solution to never loosing your keys again, check out Chungpo Cheng’s giant Santa minifigure key chain.

    Grab a bite to eat at the Potion Shoppe

    You feel that? That’s your sudden desire for a picnic lunch. A second ago you didn’t feel it but now you do. You may or may not want these particular food items, but you do want food now. That is the power of suggestion and it just goes to show how suggestive LEGO can be. In this life-sized food arrangement, builder Little John sculpts strawberries using these red wedges. The quarter cheese wheel, even the knife and cutting board evoke memories of healthful weekend lunches on the patio. The carrot uses much larger wedges in orange, these plant bits and green hoses for the stalks. My favorite item on this menu is the fried chicken drumsticks.

    Potion Shoppe - Food

    Like what you see so far? It turns out this is merely one element of a much larger collaborative immersive experience called the Potion Shoppe that was on display at Brickworld in Chicago. Bon appétit!