Technically perfect size and shape, intelligently manufactured to be built in a particular way, safe for children and not confined to a particular age group – Lego Bricks have been entertaining everyone since 1949, when they were first manufactured.
– The LEGO Group patented the LEGO brick with the familiar tubes inside and studs on top on 28 January 1958.
– A LEGO brick from 1958 would interlock with a brick from 2016.
– The LEGO name is made from the first two letters of the Danish words LEG GODT, meaning “play well”.
– LEGO DUPLO bricks are eight times the size of original LEGO bricks – yet they both connect together.
– The LEGO Group began in 1932 in Billund, Denmark and was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen.
– On average, every person on the earth owns 86 LEGO bricks.
– As of July 2015, 600 billion Lego parts had been produced.
– To reach the moon you would need to build a column of around 40 billion LEGO bricks.
– The first minifigure was produced in 1978. Since then more than 4 billion have been made – making it the world’s largest population group.
– There are no LEGO sets with a war or military theme.
– In 2011, astronauts took LEGO to space.
– Since 1993, LEGOwear Clothes have been produced and marketed by a Danish company called Kabooki under license from Lego Group.
– The Lego website was first launched in 1996.
– Lego branched out into the video game market in 1997.
– The first book on Lego was “The Ultimate Lego Book”, published in 1999.
– Lego Games launched in 2009, was a series of Lego-themed board games.
– Lego turned down approaches from Hollywood to make a feature-length film based on the toy.
– The Lego Movie, a feature film based on Lego toys, was released by Warner Bros. in February 2014
– Overall six Legoland amusement parks are operated.
– Lego operates 125 retail stores all over the world.