Lego has snatched the "world's biggest toymaker" crown from atop Mattel's blonde, Barbie-shaped head, after The Lego Movie helped propel revenues to DK 11.5bn (£1.2bn).
Operating profit rose 12 per cent to DK 3.6bn in the six months to the end of June, while China became its most significant market, with sales up more than 50 per cent. The company has now sold 86 bricks for every person on earth - which, given its margin, is impressive. It costs just $1 (61p) to manufacture each kilo of its plastic bricks, which it then sells for $75.
The figures were confirmation of what everyone in toyland already knew - that Lego has spent the last few years quietly building the popularity of its brightly-coloured empire. With some of the best-loved video games, theme parks and (of course) toys - not to mention that ever-awesome movie - the company has gone from obscure Danish educational brand to toy empire in a matter of years.