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A Lego Millennium Falcon Pedicab Will Cruise NYC Streets This 'Star Wars Day'!

 

NEW YORK -- Fans of the "Star Wars" franchise have dubbed May 4 (or "May the Fourth") as Star Wars Day, in a play on the famous line "May the Force be with you." To celebrate the occasion, as well as the upcoming film, "Solo: A Star Wars Story" (in theaters May 25), Lego has constructed a Millennium Falcon pedicab that will offer free rides around Manhattan's Bryant Park.

The pedal-powered starship measures 9 feet by 6 feet (2.7 by 1.8 meters) and accommodates a single "pilot" and two passengers, according to a statement released by the company. The vehicle is made of 20,300 bricks and took 396 hours to design and build. It depicts a micro version of the spaceship, although it does not appear to correspond with any of the company's other Millennium Falcon building sets.

Fans are invited for a 10-minute ride aboard the Corellian light freighter on a first-come first-served basis. Rides will depart from Sixth Avenue between 40th and 41st streets, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT. Millennium Falcon co-pilot Chewbacca will also be on site for photo opportunities. The event will trend on social media under the hashtags #LEGOStarWars and #RoarForChange. [The Best 'Star Wars' Gifts in the Universe]

This Lego Millennium Falcon pedicab took nearly 33 days to design and build. (Image credit: Lego)

In addition to a whimsical ride on a brick-built spaceship, fans will have the opportunity to support the important work of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), which works to improve the lives of children worldwide. Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable organization run by Lucasfilm and Disney, will donate $1 to UNICEF for each public post, like, or share on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that includes the organization's slogan and hashtag #RoarForChange. 

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Harrison Tasoff
Harrison Tasoff

Harrison Tasoff is a science journalist originally from Los Angeles. He graduated from NYU’s Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program after earning his B.A. in mathematics at Swarthmore College. Harrison covers an array of subjects, but often finds himself drawn to physics, ecology, and earth science stories. In his spare time, he enjoys tidepooling, mineral collecting, and tending native plants.