Over the course of four days, thousands of Lego enthusiasts toured Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall to see what's possible with a few bricks and some imagination. At BrickCon 2009, held October 1-4, attendees could check out elaborate Lego-built towers, watch walking robots compete, or look for rare pieces missing from their collections.
Among the more impressive pieces was this Lego recreation of Stephen Colbert's Colbert Report studio.
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An a-mazing Lego creation
A Lego twist on the classic wooden labyrinth toy.
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Jewelry made of bricks
Aiming to appeal to the FFOLs (female fans of Lego), Lori Rodi of Issaquah, Wash., makes earrings out of Lego pieces, which she sells for $5 to $20 a pair.
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Over here, Lego man
There were plenty of Lego T-shirts for sale at BrickCon, but why have a Lego T-Shirt when you can instead wear Legos on your shirt?
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Beyond Lego men and women
These Cube Men were among the smaller creations on display at BrickCon, which had a separate section devoted to things created at micro scale.
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This Lego Voltron appears to be defending the Lego universe.
Correction, 8:05 a.m. PDT: The photo caption initially misidentified this Lego figure. It is Voltron.
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Thousands pack BrickCon 2009
Although BrickCon was held over four days, the public was limited to just four hours a day on Saturday and Sunday, with the remainder of the time reserved for the true die-hards for the private portion of the expo.
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The Moulin Rouge
The only thing missing was a tiny Nicole Kidman.
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Seattle, Circa 1930
Art Vanbergeyk, who has been working with Lego blocks for 46 years, said he planned to only create three or four downtown blocks of 1930s Seattle when he started the project eight months ago, but he was having so much fun, he ended up completing 15 blocks' worth.
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Among the categories of Lego creations was Art, which included this impressive Lego totem.
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There were plenty of Lego creations on sale, including these working lamps.
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Hey, is that Woz?
Thomas Mueller, 33, originally set out to build a weapons station, but when he showed a partially built version to friends, they all thought it looked like a Segway, so he created a Lego person to stand on top.
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More Lego art
While there was artistic merit in most of the things on display at BrickCon, this particular group of creations was specifically entered in the art category.
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Looking for treasure
Lego enthusiasts searched bins to find parts that might come in handy for future creations.
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Virtual Legos popular, too
Lego has software that lets users design their own creation online, then order the parts direct from the manufacturer. A new version of the software, due out soon, also lets users design a box for their masterpiece.
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Heads will roll
Several booths were selling Lego people parts, with this particular one charging $5 per person, including one's choice of head, torso, feet, and two accessories.
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Step right up
This creation included a Ferris wheel as well as a water tower made to resemble a Lego person.
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The original Nintendo console was kind of a brick, so perhaps it's only fitting that it be re-created in Lego form.
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A spinning carousel
This spinning carousel was one of several carnival-themed creations on display at BrickCon.
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Among the popular vendors at BrickCon were those selling Lego parts in bulk.
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Last year, Thomas Mueller brought to BrickCon a remote control Segway. But that required him to miss out on too much of the fun. So this year, his Lego Segway was set to follow a continuous loop, allowing Mueller more time to hang with fellow brick-heads.