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LEGO "Star Wars" Attack Cruiser Hits eBay

LEGO shipAccording to the LEGO Group, an 8-foot model of a "Star Wars" Republic Attack Cruiser made entirely of LEGO blocks is being offered on eBay, complete with a certificate of authenticity signed by George Lucas.

All of the proceeds from the auction will benefit Habitat for Humanity's Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief efforts. The LEGO Company will also pay for all shipping costs.

With the enormous model, the sale includes: a framed certificate of authenticity, signed by George Lucas and the LEGO model builder who designed and built it; "functional elements;" and "secret treasures."

The model is 97 inches long and 47 inches wide, weighs over 150 pounds and was created using over 35,000 pieces. It reportedly took over 450 hours to construct.

The LEGO Republic Attack Cruiser model was designed by LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi exclusively for display at the Star Wars Celebration III, the San Diego Comic-Con, LEGOLAND California and several other national LEGO events to promote the final episode in the Star Wars saga. (Click here for the LEGO Star Wars fan site (From Bricks to Bothans) interview with Model Designer Erik Varszegi. The site also has some great pictures of the model.)

Bidding on item, which opened at $2,500 on Wednesday, had risen to $20,101 by mid-afternoon today (Friday) and has 8 days left in its run. - Shannon Nolley