At one time LEGO may have been just a toy for children to enjoy and keep them occupied for long periods of time building things. That conception has really changed over recent years. Today LEGO is much more than just a “toy”. There are competitions all over the world, there are all kinds of merchandise associated with the product, there are LEGOLAND theme parks, including one right here in Florida and now there is a TV Show “Lego Masters” that airs every Wednesday night on Fox and is a fantastic show.
We thought this would be the perfect time for some fun facts about LEGO. Trust us when we say some of these will make you do a double take.
Ole Kirk Christiansen (1891-1958) created the LEGO Group in 1932 as a way to use old wood from his failed carpentry business. He patented the now famous interlocking LEGO blocks in 1949.
If laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in one year would reach over 5 times around the globe.
LEGO sells over 400 million tires each year, which makes LEGO the largest tire manufacturer in the world
LEGO bricks are part of a universal system, which means that a piece made in 1958 would fit with a piece made today.
There are more than 3,500 different types of elements and over 60 different colors of LEGO
In 1999, LEGO licensed its first-themed LEGO set, Star Wars
In 2009, James May in Surrey, Great Britain, created the first full-sized LEGO house with 3.3 million bricks. It included a working toilet, shower, and a bed, which were all made out of LEGOs.
Most LEGO pieces are made of ABS plastic, which means they will never decompose.
LEGO created the first minifigure in 1978. Since then, LEGO has created over 4 billion minifigures, making it the world’s largest population group.
The largest LEGO set ever sold is the Taj Mahal, with 5,922 pieces.
The LEGO molding process is so accurate that just 18 elements in every million do not pass the company’s high quality standard
The world’s tallest LEGO tower stands over 114 feet tall and is made from 550,000 bricks. Thousands of children helped build the tower in Milan, Italy.
Six 2×4 LEGO bricks can be combined in more than 915 million ways.
There are over 400 billion LEGO bricks in the world. Stacked together, they are 2,386,065 miles tall, which is ten times higher than the moon.
Every second, 7 LEGO sets are sold by retailers around the world.
A single LEGO brick can support 375,000 other LEGO bricks before buckling. In other words, you can build a LEGO tower 2.17 miles high before the bottom LEGO brick breaks.
There are LEGOLAND theme parks in Denmark, Germany, England, Dubai, Malaysia, Japan, Florida, California and the newest in New York opening in July 2020.