Those colourful little plastic bricks we all know as LEGO have been entertaining both children and adults around the world for almost 70 years! National Lego Day, 28th January, celebrates the popularity and ingeniuity of these enriching toys.
We thought we’d take a look at some fascinating and little-known facts about the company and those iconic plastic blocks.
The LEGO company was founded in 1932 by Danish carpenter Kirk Christiansen. Originally they made wooden toys, the plastic LEGO bricks were first manufactured in 1949. In 2017 LEGO was recognised as the world’s most powerful brand, beating the likes of Google, Nike, Ferrari to the top spot!
So far there have been four feature films made featuring LEGO: The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO Ninjago Movie and The LEGO Movie 2. In total they have grossed almost 1 trillion dollars in cinemas worldwide!
Trillions of Combinations
Each LEGO set contains trillions of unique block combinations. Two eight-stud bricks can be combined 24 different ways. Six of the same eight-stud bricks can be combined over 900 million unique ways!
LEGO makes 400 million tiny tyres every year for it’s various vehicles - far outstripping any real-life tyre maker!
The House That James Built
James May, of Top Gear fame, once built a real house out of 3.3 million LEGO bricks. It contained a working toilet, shower and bed!
LEGO Loves Learning
Because building LEGO is repetitive and structured play, it helps autistic children develop many key skills such as verbal and nonverbal communication, sharing and teamwork.
Biggest Lego Sets
The Star Wars Millenium Falcon LEGO set used to be the largest single set you could buy with 7,541 pieces. This is closely followed by Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle at 6,020 pieces. However, this year saw the release of the Roman Colosseum LEGO set weighing in at a staggering 9,036 bricks!
A single LEGO brick can support 3,750,000 other bricks before buckling. This means that you could build a LEGO tower 2.17 miles high before the bottom brick begins to give way. You can test brick strength by accidentally standing on a brick but we do not recommend it. Ouch!