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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.