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Lego Facts

March 27, 2012

LEGO is one of the great institutions of our time and probably the best range of toys ever made.

LEGO started like most great companies from very humble beginnings when in 1932 Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen’s carpentry business was caught up in a recession and nearly went bankrupt. To make ends meet Ole started to make small wooden toys in his workshop and sold them locally.

lego factory

The LEGO factory at Billund, Denmark

Two years later he named his company LEGO the name of which is derived from 2 Danish words “Leg” and “Godt” meaning to “play well” and thus LEGO was born.

His first toy was a wooden toy duck.

Ole Kirk Christiansen didn’t actually invent toy building bricks. He was inspired by a type of self locking building brick patented in Britian years earlier. LEGO bought all the rights to this brick system when the inventor died and the first LEGO bricks were almost an exact copy of this system.

lego bricks

LEGO Bricks

LEGO bricks as we know them today were first introduced in 1958 and the bricks made then will still interlock with the ones manufactured today. This kind of consistancy is one of the factors that makes LEGO the great company that it is today.

LEGO products are developed in such a way that there is something for everyone.
From toddlers to schoolchildren to teenagers to adults from basic brick sets to the larger themed sets such as the LEGO Airport and the LEGO Taj Mahal.

Whether you prefer to start off from scratch making things up as you go or building one of the many predesigned model sets, LEGO will always deliver.
Every year, about 19 billion LEGO bricks are produced. That is 2.16 million
LEGO bricks every hour, or 36,000 per minute!
The LEGO manufacturing process is so precise that only 18 out of every 1 million LEGO bricks produced is considered defective.
LEGO manufactures about 306 million tiny rubber tires every year? That means they make more tyres than any other tire manufacturers in the world!

There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world’s 6 billion inhabitants.

Children around the world spend approx 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO sets.

More than 400 million people around the world have played with LEGO bricks.

More than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced since 1949. Stacked on top of each other, this is enough to connect the Earth and the Moon ten times over.

7 LEGO sets are sold by retailers every second around the world.

The LEGO bricks sold in one year would circle the world 5 times.

lego tower

Tallest LEGO tower

The tallest structure built with interlocking plastic bricks was 30.52 m (100 ft, 1 in)
high and was constructed by the Stichting Limmen Ludiek (Netherlands) foundation on in
Limmen, Netherlands, on 6 June 2010. The tapered tower structure took more than three days
to build and required the assistance of more than 1,800 volunteer workers.

The first section was placed by Kim Rosner Pedersen, first secretary at the Danish embassy
in The Netherlands. Two engineers from LEGO – Per Knudsen and Karsten Niebuhr – also
travelled from Denmark to assist in overseeing the attempt.

World’s Longest LEGO Construction at 5,179.8 ft (1,578.8 m) with 2.9 million bricks

World’s Largest LEGO Image at 870.15 ft² (80.84 m²), with 1.2 million bricks
The world record for the largest Lego castle used 400,000 bricks.

lego house

Largest LEGO House

The largest life-sized house made from interlocking plastic bricks is 4.69 metres
(15 ft 4 in) high, 9.39 metres (30 ft 9 in) long and 5.75 metres (18 ft 10 in) wide
and consists of two floors with four rooms in total. It was completed by 1,200 volunteers
together with James May (UK) for James May’s Toy Stories in Dorking, UK, on 17 September
2009.

2.4 million lego bricks were used. The house had an internal wooden support structure.
James May spent one night in the house, which turned out to be leaking.

The largest collection of complete LEGO® sets in a private collection is 1,091 and
belongs to Kyle Ugone (USA) in Yuma, Arizona, USA, as of 23 July 2011 .

Kyle Ugone is in the Marine Corps and started his collection in 1986.

The Lego Group calculated that just eight-stud bricks can be arranged in 915,103,765 different ways.
Germany is the number-one Lego market, in fact, Lego is the number-one toy company in Germany. The top-selling lines in Germany are Lego TECHNIC and Lego CITY.

The U.S. is the second largest market, with the top-selling lines being BIONICLE and Lego Star Wars.

The Lego Mindstorms Robotics Invention System set is the best-selling Lego set ever. Over 1 million of these have been sold globally since their launch.

The first three types of Lego sets were town, space, and pirates.

In 2000, The British Association of Toy Retailers named the Lego brick “Toy of
the Century”, beating the teddy bear, Barbie and Action Man.

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