Sprawling miniature LEGO cities and armies of small, plastic people were on display March 8 and 9 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Now in its fifth year, the two day Brickworld Indy display and exposition appeared to draw as many interested adults as it did wide-eyed children. Some came to shop, some came to play and some came simply to observe and snap photos of the creations of this year's builders.
Displays which showcased animated abilities were some of the more popular LEGO exhibits. Motion and light sensor plugins and power packs offered by the toy manufacturer allowed trains to move along monorails, elevators to lift stacks of lego "bricks" and robots to shoot tiny soccer balls into tiny goals. The one rule required of all exhibits was that everything be totally constructed using LEGO products, including power sources.
In 2012, 45.7 billion LEGO bricks were produced at a rate of 5.2 million per hour. According to LEGO's website, laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold that year would stretch around the world more than 18 times.