28 January 2008

Happy birthday, LEGO!

Posted in C-boy, fun, T-boy tagged , at 11:46 pm by Tricia

LEGO bricks turned 50 today. What a cause for celebration!

Party Exo-Toa

This Gizmodo post features a neat timeline, although I must disagree with their dismissal of Bionicles. C-boy especially is a giant fan of Bionicles. His 5th and 6th birthdays featured a Bionicle theme – he even dressed up as a Bionicle character for Halloween. Twice!

Tahu Halloween

Although I should acknowledge that his interest did eventually wane on the 3rd or 4th revision of the main characters. (“Collect all 6!” Jonski Papa used to intone, maniacally. “And again! 6 more!”) On the other hand, he bought 2 of the new models with his own money just last week. T-boy has a burgeoning interest in Bionicles, although his interest is more about playing out scenarios with the characters (it’s all about the building for C-boy – and he combines the pieces in amazingly creative ways, although recently he remade all the original sets [from memory, of course!]).

random Bionicle MOC built when C was 5

This particular piece of LEGO trivia struck me:

There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world’s 6 billion inhabitants.

because I think our house contains the LEGO allotment for at least 1000 earthlings! 2000? 10,000? And that’s if you don’t count all the little gears and locking collars and pins and such for the Bionicle models!



  1. Leila said,

    Nice… ummm… thing with sparkly things. Hee.

    62 legos by 6 billion people… that’s a lot of legos.

    And yeah, we have more than our fair share here too… Heck, I probably had 62 on my desk before I dumped them back in the bin last week. I still have Lego Snape, though. I didn’t dump him back.

  2. jonskifarms said,

    It’s an Exo-Toa! His most highly desired birthday present in 2002, it was this big robot thing that you could put any of the Toa into (any of the 6, if you’d collected them all!). It was an extremely complicated model for a 5yo to build, but he did it! That was the centerpiece at his birthday party (dressed up with sparkly things that I got cheap on clearance one year – turns out they were New Year’s Eve decorations).

  3. Ruth said,

    Wow, what an amazing statistic! We have more than 62 each, though not enough for 10,000 human beings.

  4. Kathy said,

    D also got tired of trying to collect the Bionicle characters. Each time they made changes, he had to start over, and at some point he decided he was just done.

    Only 62 bricks per person? Yeah, we have way more than our share too.

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