Bricking it: Lego men are taking over the world

THE little figures created by Danish toy company Lego are a rapidly exploding population – and according to webcomic XKCD are now on track to outnumber humans by 2019. Lego began producing their iconic interlocking bricks in 1949, but the minifigures didn’t appear on the scene until 1978, and have helped make Lego the world’s second-biggest toy maker. Just last month the Danish maker of colourful mini-bricks, loved by children and hated by barefoot parents, posted a 13 per cent rise in sales in the first six months of the year to overtake US-based rival Hasbro. Luckily for those fearing a Lego revolution, the little guys are only around 1/40th of the height of an adult human.