Kids can learn to think creatively while their barefoot parents learn to swear by using LEGO, a Danish block maker, in creative ways. As Toys ‘R Us closed, sales rose 4% in 2018 to $5.5 billion, despite the loss of distribution. Take a look at these 16 fascinating facts about the well-known brand.
The best Lego facts that will blow your mind
It all starts with a single piece of dough
Unfortunately, this is not the type of paste you would like to stuff your face with. The ABS plastic used in the bricks is heated to between 230 and 310 degrees Celsius and allowed to cool for up to 10 seconds before being released from the mould, making it flexible enough to adhere to the mould. Only about 18 out of a million bricks are rejected because they are deformed throughout the manufacturing process. Not bad for a product with a universal fit tolerance of just 0.005 millimeters.
Lego Worlds is a sandbox game based on Lego bricks
“Lego-like visuals” are used in Lego Worlds, a “Lego-themed sandbox game like Minecraft”. The beta version of the game was released in 2015, allowing users to create their landscapes in a 3D generated universe.
The invention of Lego bricks was not the work of Lego
LEGO (from the Danish phrase Leg Godt, or “play well”) became associated with click-lock bricks when Ole Kirk Kristiansen started selling toys in Billund, Denmark in 1932, when no one during the Great Depression didn’t buy expensive furniture. One of the examples that a salesman brought to Kristiansen and his son, Godtfred, fascinated them when they received a plastic mold injection machine in 1949: an interconnected studded brick.
When Kristiansen started creating his own, he didn’t know that Hilary Fisher Page held the patent. The tubes at the bottom of the LEGO bricks were developed in 1958 to secure the connection between the bricks. Prior to Page’s death, LEGO reported that Kristiansen was “inspired” by Page, although he was unaware of the tribute. His company, Kiddicraft, was eventually acquired by LEGO.
The Marvel Universe has produced some of the most sought after Lego minifigures
It is impossible to have a world without people, which goes for Lego. To give Lego World even more personality, minifigures come in many shapes and sizes. Star Wars’ only 14k gold Boba Fett and C-3PO are the rarest. Exclusive to Marvel’s New York Toy Fair 2012, Captain America and Iron Man, along with the black-suited Spiderman, are the most sought-after rare minifigures in the LEGO universe.
Taj Mahal 10189, a Lego set produced in 2008, is one such building
More than 5,900 Lego pieces make up this Taj Mahal-themed kit. The Lego Taj Mahal 10189 set is now selling for thousands of dollars online, making it one of the most expensive Lego sets available.
The Lego Friends were an instant hit
Records show that Lego Friends was a huge success for the company. The company’s revenue increased with the launch of Lego Friends in 2012, which quadrupled the company’s sales forecast.
In Legoland Billund there are more than ten worlds to explore
At LEGOLAND Billund Resort, guests can explore ten distinct Lego-themed worlds. More than half the size of Hong Kong Disneyland, LEGOLAND Billund has an area of more than fourteen hectares.
Legoland has four European theme parks in operation
As of this writing, there are three separate LEGOLANDs: one in the UK, one in Italy, and one in the German city of Cologne (Legoland Deutschland Resort).
In 2022, Lego could renew its agreement with Star Wars for the second time
The Lego Star Wards series was originally licensed from 1999 to 2008 as one of Lego’s early partners. In 2011, the company renewed its contract with Lucasfilm for five years until 2022.
Visit the largest Lego store in the world
Lego’s new flagship store in London’s Leicester Square opened on Thursday. The two-storey megastore is the largest of its kind in the world, featuring a life-size London Underground vehicle constructed from 637,903 bricks. There’s a 20-foot version of Big Ben in the new Lego store, which took 2,280 hours to build and takes up 9,800 square feet (and has a working dial, naturally).
People who visit the new store will be able to make their own “Mosaic Portraits” by having their photo taken in a dedicated booth and then receiving instructions and bricks to build their photos. Customers can browse various Lego sets ranging from Architecture, Star Wars, Ninjago, Nexo Knights, Friends, Lego City and Creator Kits.
From the beautiful 3D environment running down the stairs to the “Mind The Gap” subway station platform, which features dirt, trash and a tiny spider, Lego is appealing to all ages and all ages. abilities due to its subtle yet spectacular characteristics. Lego fans of all ages and visitors from all over the world will find the shop a must-see when visiting London.