50 Interesting Facts about Lego

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26Lego Color Change

In 2004, Lego changed the color of their grey bricks from brey (higher red content) to bley (higher blue content) in order to appear ‘newer’ in comparison to Megabloks.


27. A Danish carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen suffered huge losses after a fire broke out in his woodworking shop where he made furniture. He descended into bankruptcy and decided to start making small wood items, including toys. He even renamed his company to ‘leg godt’ (‘play well’) which became Lego.


28. Lego didn’t invent interlocking bricks. They just copied them from a toy that wasn't patented in Denmark. The original interlocking bricks though didn’t include the central bar on the bottom so they didn’t connect as well. This new innovation by Ole Kirk Christiansen is exactly why LEGO was more successful.


29. A 13-year-old boy made a Braille printer out of Legos after discovering that millions of blind people in developing countries buy Braille devices that cost $2000 and weigh 20 lbs. His machine prints braille from computers onto paper using raised dots instead of ink. It weighs a few pounds and costs only $350.


30. Though the name of the company LEGO comes from the Danish phrase “leg godt”, which means “play well,” coincidentally, the Latin word “lego” means “I put together”.


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31Lego Storage Device

The first-ever storage device used by Google was made out of LEGO because it presented an easy way to store several hard drives.


32. The Bionicle line helped save Lego from its financial crisis of the late 1990s, becoming one of its biggest and most successful product lines.


33. LEGO sets are subjected to an “oven test” wherein the bricks are heated to 60 to 70 degrees Celcius. At those temperatures, the bricks change shape slightly which will cause structurally unsound sets to fall apart.


34. Due to the popularity of The Lego Movie which was released in February 2014, there was a shortage of Lego products by the following September.


35. Children develop more creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills when they throw away Lego instructions and build things together with others using their own imagination. Routine, manual jobs are increasingly automated, whereas the ‘new work’ is non-routine cognitive.


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36BILOfix

LEGO also used to manufacture “non-brick” wooden toys under the BILOfix brand. Their wooden toy factory burnt down twice: first in the 1940s and second in 1960 when lightning struck it. After this, the team decided to focus on the production of plastic construction sets instead.


37. One study has found that the faces of “Lego” characters have become more conflict-related and angry over the last 30 years.


38. Lego Quatro was the largest-scale LEGO element ever created and was specially designed to endure teething.


39. There is a HUGE debate about pluralization for LEGO. Some say an ‘s’ can't be added because it is a proper noun or because it is a Danish word. Others defend their right to add a ‘s’ mostly because when you're eight years old, you don't care.


40. It takes an average of 1.71 days to poop out a LEGO blockhead, based on a six-person, three-day study. The volunteers rated their bowel movements using a Stool Hardness and Transit (SHAT) score. A higher score meant looser and more frequent bowel movements.


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41Lego Instructions

Lego only started introducing instructions in 1964, a full 30 years after it was invented.


42. In 2009, James May (of Top Gear fame) worked with an architect to build a two-story bungalow out of Lego blocks. The second story held the weight of 5 people.


43. In 2002, several Māori iwi (tribes) from New Zealand challenged Lego’s right to use some of their words to name certain characters, locations, and objects in the Bionicle storyline. As a result, Lego drew up a code of conduct to govern the way it uses folklore to spice up its toys.


44. There are more Lego Minifigures than there are humans on earth.


45. Each Lego piece has a unique identifier and you can order any piece from any set if you know the part number. There are some exceptions though. You can't order pieces from some of the older sets and there are some unique pieces you can't get.


46Legoland

Legoland in California isn’t actually owned by Lego. Originally, the Legoland Parks were all built and owned by LEGO, but a few years ago, when LEGO nearly went out of business, they sold the parks to Merlin Entertainment.


47. LEGO model makers rely on solvents to weld blocks together rather than using glue.


48. Nintendo created their own line of plastic building blocks in the 1960s to counter the rising success of LEGO in Japan, called Nintendo Block.


49. There is a Guinness world record for walking the farthest distance barefoot on LEGO bricks. Currently, it is just a bit over 8.8 km which was achieved in May 2021 (as of July 2021) by Salacnib “Sonny” Molina of the USA.


50. The 007 DB5 Lego set took 4 to 5 months to develop, with an amazing 10-15 iterations of the ejector seat created before the design was settled into the final version with the help of slow-motion cameras. Designer Michael Psiaki joked that the only feature they couldn’t create was the oil slick.

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