20 Things You Might Not Know About LEGO

For starters, the plural of LEGO is LEGO.

1. “LEGO” comes from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means “play well”.

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2. The company got its start when Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter, lost his business and began making toys out of his surplus lumber.

The business took off and eventually evolved into the giant Lego empire.

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3. Originally called “Automatic Binding Bricks,” LEGO wasn’t the first to market the toy. Kiddicraft holds that distinction, and LEGO just improved on the design.

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4. In 2002, LEGO sued the Chinese makers of “Coko bricks,” a building block closely resembling LEGO bricks. Coko had to cease production and issue a formal apology.

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5. Early LEGO figurines had no facial features, gender, arms, or moveable legs.




The figures on the left are early versions of what LEGO produces today.

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6. 560 billion LEGO parts had been produced as of 2013. That’s 80 LEGO pieces for every human being on the planet.

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7. LEGO is the world’s largest producer of rubber wheels—more than Bridgestone, more than Goodyear, more than anyone.

They produce more than 306 million tiny rubber tires a year.

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8. The world’s tallest LEGO tower was 94 feet high a utilized 465,000 bricks.

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9. In 2009 a life size house was built using 3.3 million LEGO bricks. 1,000 volunteers helped to assemble it.

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10. There have been fifty LEGO video games.

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11. The factory process is so streamlined that only 18 out of every million LEGO pieces fail to meet company standard.

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12. Every second, seven LEGO sets are sold. In the time it takes to read this sentence, dozens of sets are sold worldwide.

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13. There 915 million different ways to combine just six individual LEGO bricks.

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According to National Geographic’s special MegaFactories: LEGO, the possibilities are nearly endless.

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14. The largest commercial LEGO set is that of the Taj Mahal, with 5,922 individual pieces.

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15. There are no LEGO sets with a direct military theme. Ole Kirk Christiansen didn’t want to make war seem appealing to children.

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16. As part of the 2011 “LEGO Bricks in Space” program, astronauts brought 13 Lego kits to the International Space Station to see how they react in microgravity.

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17. Speaking of space, there are enough LEGO bricks to stack from the earth to the moon…ten times.

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18. Legoland, LEGO’s theme park chain, has a whopping seven locations worldwide.

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Billund, California, Florida, Malaysia, Windsor, Günzburg, and the Discovery Center in Manchester.

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19. LEGO is more than just a toy, it’s an art form. Nathan Sawaya is the world’s foremost LEGO artist and he’s shown in museums around the nation.

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20. In 2000, The British Association of Toy Retailers named LEGO the “Toy of the Century”, over the teddy bear and Barbie doll.

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