Did you know that…
The name ‘lego‘ is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, which means “play well”.
Ole Kirk Kristiansen founded “The LEGO Group” (TLG) back in 1932, since then, the company has passed from father to son. The current owner is Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a grandchild of the founder.
The company started as a small carpenter’s workshop and now is one of the largest toy manufacturers!
In 2000, The British Association of Toy Retailers named the LEGO brick “Toy of the Century“, beating the teddy bear, Barbie and Action Man!
In 2017, Lego was crowned the most powerful brand in the world. Surpassing Disney, Google and Apple!
Today’s modern bricks are have the same bumps and holes, and can still interlock with those produced in 1958!
Back in 1975, the company made a precursor to the minifig. They had no facial features, gender, arms, or moveable legs!
The first ‘modern’ minifigures (or minifigs) were released in 1978 for the Town, Space, and Castle play sets. When they were first created, LEGO decided that their happy faces should have only one color: yellow 🙂
The LEGO manufacturing process is so precise that only 18 out of 1 million bricks produced is considered defective!
Lego bricks have been used in engineering and other technical fields to do real design and science.
TLG produces 318 million tyres a year! It could be considered the world’s No. 1 tire manufacturer!!!
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.
The largest number of bricks used in a single sculpture was 500.000 to make a 16 meters long and 4,5 meters high billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
A 30.000 brick sculpture takes 2 to 3 weeks to construct.
There are more than 915 million different ways of combining six eight-stud bricks of the same colour!