Have you ever wondered how large Nexus Tower is? It’s obviously quite big, but how big?
Let’s start by taking a look at the 3D model for the outside of the tower, “env_nextower_G01-EXTERIOR.nif”. Oddly, while this entire 3D model was in the game and loaded when you stood outside on the launchpad platforms (such as when you arrived from Nimbus Station), the fog was set to be so dense you couldn’t see far past the Nexus Force logo looking up, and you couldn’t see the bottom, it just faded to white. Even when jet packs were released, flying straight up would cause the camera to detach before the top came in sight, and the scene would fade out and the tower’s outside would vanish if you fell below the launchpad platforms. But thanks to programs like NifSkope, we can view the entire tower, albeit proper coloring.
As you can see, the playable portion of Nexus Tower is absolutely tiny compared to the tower as a whole. But how tall is it, exactly?
To find out, I converted the Nexus Tower exterior model to .obj format, and imported it into Google SketchUp with the help of a plugin. I then imported a basic 1×1 brick model also from LEGO Universe to use as a reference, and scaled both so they equaled proper, real life LEGO dimensions (one LEGO unit = 8mm, one brick high = 9.6mm). I then measured the entire tower. The result blew my mind.
If you had an infinite amount of LEGO bricks, and constructed a replica of Nexus Tower with them in real life, completely accurate to the 3D model from the game, your Nexus Tower model would be…
1239 feet and 15⁄16 inches tall.
That’s as tall as some of the highest buildings on Earth today, and it’s only a minifigure scale model.
Now let’s say you didn’t build this in minifigure scale. Let’s say you built it as a full size model. A model you could walk around in as if you were a minifigure walking around the tower in the game. How big would Nexus Tower be then?
Over 11 miles high.
It’s amazing they supposedly built this monster in a month.