Cost of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in LEGO

300,000 Lego bricks were used to create a 10ft by 26ft miniature city of the 2008 Beijing Olympics including the Bird Nest Stadium and the Water Cube swimming center.

How much would this cost?

I have a general rule when buying LEGO sets. I like to pay five dollars for every 100 pieces (that’s five cents a piece). 300,000 bricks would cost $15,000. Whoa, fifteen grand just for the supplies to create this stadium. That’s not even including the 4,500 LEGO people. I have no idea how much figures cost. What. Like a dollar a figure? So that’s at least $20,000 in supplies. Now keep in mind, you’d need A LOT more supplies to have extra on hand, cuz you never just use exactly the amount of bricks you need to build something.

The Hong Kong Lego User Group certainly has a large supply of LEGOs. Aside from the cost, this display is very impressive. It’s an increadible work of art. 🙂

You can read more about this display at:

On your marks, get set, Lego! Welcome to the Olympics where everyone’s quick off the blocks

More LEGO Sport City details and behind-the-scenes photos from HKLUG

Photos on flickr

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Lisa Schryver
Lisa Schryver
13 years ago

I bet Lego sent them the supplies. No way those dudes spent that much money on Legos. BTW, what’s the dollar-to-yuan exchange rate?

Lisa Schryver
Lisa Schryver
13 years ago

$15,000 USD = 102,835 Chinese Yuan Renminbi

unlikelymoose
13 years ago

Did you know the cost of Lego pieces has dramatically gone up? I was at the lego store the other day and the large cup size is now $15. A couple years ago it was $7. My wife tells me that Lego pieces are made from petroleum. That would explain the higher cost. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge fan of the concept behind LEGO. However, I have a serious beef with how LEGO has monopolized the market. They abuse their fanbase with their outrageously high costs. It really ticks me off.

unlikelymoose
13 years ago

I may have been a bit confusing with my last comment. Yes, the cost of LEGO has gone up due to the rising cost of petroleum. However, the cost of LEGO was ALWAYS too high because of their monopoly.

Abhay Shah
Abhay Shah
13 years ago

My exchange rate was $1 = 7 yuan.

Thermal Paper Rolls
13 years ago

That guy has a lot of spare time. I can’t imagine having the patience it takes to build such a thing. And the cost of it? I thought hobbies were cheap.

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