Lego People to Outnumber Real People by 2019

There may be 7 billion humans on the planet, but by 2019 a species of tiny plastic people will outnumber even us.

The first Lego figurine went on sale in 1978 and since then, billions have been produced. Photo: Joe Shlabotnik/ Flickr

We have been warned many times.  All the greats of science fiction warned us that overpopulation would become a terrible problem. However, they were not quite right, as it turns out that the problem is not for real humans but only for Lego people.

The Lego figurines have been coming, in wave upon wave of little yellow heads for about 35 years now, and if the calculations of the physics grad at xkcd.com are correct, they will outnumber human beings right around 2019.

According to the companies claims at the end of 2006 there were four billion miniature figures in existence, being played with by children across the planet.

Recently  a physics graduate from Massachusetts, who is behind the web comic Xkcd.com has calculated that the predictions for the global population and predictions for the number of Lego Figurines will match up in 2019 and the plastic people will go on to out-number humans.

If the predictions are correct, there will be almost eight billion people and the same amount of Lego figures created in 2019.

As the company said on 2008, since the Lego began they have produced about 400 billion Lego bricks, which is enough for 62 each for every person in existence at that time.

Lego figurines first came into existence in 1978 and were designed to have no discernible gender or age, so those characteristics could be decided by the children playing with them.  Two month later after the appearance of the first minifigures the first female minifigure arrives on the scene and she’s a nurse.

Lego said that when the mini figure first appeared, it was decided that its face should have only one color – yellow – and that its facial features should be happy and neutral. Then the company changed their facial expressions of the little creatures, and so now they were distinguished between bad and good Lego figurines.

However earlier this year, robot experts at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, studied all 6000 minifigures from 1975 to 2010 and found that from the early Nineties onwards, Lego’s mini-figures’ facials expressions have been diversifying from consistently happy smiles to expressions reflecting greater conflict.

Nowadays, there are hundreds of different types of brick figurines that include people of all races and popular characters. The mini figure has been modeled after celebrities from Stephen Spielberg to Santa Claus and enjoyed various careers, including astronaut, policeman, racing driver, warrior, pirate, skater and scientist as well as taken on the role of fictional characters like Spider-Man, Harry Potter and Yoda.

In 2003, for the first time in the history of the minifigure its yellow facial coloring is replaced by a more authentic skin color, as well as resembling characters as closely as possible – as was seen in the Harry Potter sets, reports the Daily Mail. It was done so because of the launch of Lego Basketball.

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