There’s some magic surrounding all those colorful bricks…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Legos. You know, those thousands of tiny bricks that are every child’s favorite! LEGO is one of the most popular toy brands in the world. One reason for that may be that it appeals to not only the younger crowd, but to people of all ages. Also, they’ve built up so much over the years that they made a movie! (If you haven’t seen The Lego Movie yet, what are you doing with your life?) Amazing isn’t it! So, if you’re curious to know more about this International toy brand, we’ve got a surprise. Here are our top twenty facts about LEGO that will blow your mind.

1. Happy Birthday

This year, LEGO will be celebrating its 86th birthday! The company was founded by a man named Ole Kirk Kristiansen back in 1932. It started off initially as a mere carpenter’s workshop. That was until years later it developed into a worldwide acclaimed franchise that is loved by millions of people. These interlocking plastic bricks have come a long way and have even made its owner (Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, 1979-2004) the third richest Dane in the world.

2. Time Doesn’t Change LEGO

Well, it sort of did. We aren’t referring to the evolution of the brand because that obviously took place. However, it is the compatibility with older models that we’re talking about. It is stated fact, that if you attempt to interlock a LEGO piece from even more than a decade ago with a 2018 model, it will still be compatible!

3. What’s In A Name

The term LEGO was created by using the first two letters of the Danish words “Leg” and “Godt” together which means “play well”. We did indeed play well, LEGO, thank you.

4. Mold Problems

The legendary LEGO mold that is used to make the actual bricks are accurate up to about two-thousandth of a millimeter. The molds are so accurate that annually there are only 18 percent of bricks that don’t make the cut in terms of accuracy and reaching the company’s standards. So, no matter which mold hit the hardest, there might be some that won’t be satisfactory enough.

5. House Of LEGO

Back in the year 2009, when times were better, an extraordinary man named James May started to receive recognition. No, he did not win Britain’s Got Talent although he could. This man built a house made entirely out of LEGO bricks. Using approximately 3.3 million bricks, he constructed the house in his hometown of Surrey in Great Britain. From a bed, to a functioning toilet, the house has it all. What a dream!

6. LEGO Duplo

The LEGO Duplos are about eight times the size of regular LEGOs but still fit together perfectly.

7. Minifigure Mayhem

Think about it, if you would put together all the minifigures (340 million) this year in a line, it would stretch to about 7,900 kms which is the same distance between London to Beijing!

8. Tower Power

The world’s tallest LEGO tower reaches up to 28.7m high and is made with around four hundred and sixty five thousand bricks!

9. Selling Like Milk

Christmas time is a whole other dimension all together. During the season, around 28 LEGO sets are sold out each second. It isn’t the biggest toy brand for nothing.

10. LEGO Sculptures

Did you know that there are sculpture artists that make work exclusively from LEGO bricks. A great example would be Nathan Sawaya from New York who is known for making art out of weird things.

11. Shah Jahan Is Shocked

The biggest commercially produced LEGO set is that of the Taj Mahal. It is the LEGO replica of the famous Indian mausoleum and contains about 5,900 pieces.

12. LEGO Prodigy

Back in 2014, a young boy of 12 years from California, USA, created a functioning braille printer. Shubham Banerjee was inspired after seeing a flier asking for donations for the blind. We can’t even pass a math test!

13. Population Issues

If LEGO minifigures were real, they’d be the largest population on earth because there about 4 billion of them distributed around the world.

14. Different Ways

Did you know that you can combine six of the studded LEGO bricks in 915,103, 765 ways! That’s an insane amount of combinations if you ask us.

15. Job Well Done

In many LEGO attractions and centres around the globe, there are people who are employed as Master Model Builders. This is probably every child’s dream occupation.

16. Around The World In Lego

If  laid to the end, the amount of LEGOs produced in a year would reach up to five times around the world.

17. Made For You

On an average scale, there are about eighty bricks made for each person in the world.

18. LEGO Dress

Back in 2014, a french designer wore a LEGO dress, which she designed herself, to the premiere of The Lego Movie.

19. Adjective, Not Noun

According to the LEGO group themselves, the word LEGO is not a noun but an adjective.

20. Helping Children

Playing with LEGO bricks allows children of all needs to build interpersonal, social and motor skills. It also teaches them sharing and the importance of teamwork.

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