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Amazing LEGO Facts and Trivia

February 18, 2014

You’ve seen The LEGO Movie—Now Enjoy These Amazing LEGO Facts. “Everything is awesome” about this article.

  • LEGO FactsBe correct: LEGO is properly written in all caps. And the plural form of LEGO? It’s also LEGO.
  • No real LEGO were used in the computer-animated The LEGO Movie. To render The LEGO Movie’s world of LEGO, the film’s production designer Grant Freckleton and his crew used free software, LEGO Digital Designer to create all the bricks they’d need. In all, 3,863,484 individual LEGO bricks are used in The LEGO Movie. Many were reused to create the film’s different scenes, so the total number of actual LEGO used: 15,080,330.
  • Neither of those numbers takes into account the film’s 183 different characters, or, in LEGO parlance “minifigs”—a combination of “miniature” and “figurine.”
  • Prior to 1947, LEGO were made of wood. The company switched to a form of plastic called cellulose acetate. Today, LEGO bricks are made from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or ABS plastic. Compared to cellulose acetate, ABS plastic is less toxic, less prone to warping, and is more heat resistant.
  • The first LEGOland amusement park opened in 1968 in Billund, Denmark, site of the original workshop where LEGO was first conceived. Today there are six LEGO-themed amusement parks worldwide, which feature LEGO-related rides and elaborate recreations of world landmarks rendered entirely in LEGO. The LEGOland is Windsor in the U.K. is visited by 2 million people annually, and is the 10th most popular theme park in Europe.
  • LEGO began licensing characters from movies and TV shows for LEGO sets in 1999. The first: Star Wars.
  • In 1986, McDonald’s gave away small LEGO sets in its Happy Meal kids’ meals—one of the fast food chain’s most successful promotions ever. However, LEGO bricks are tiny and can be easily swallowed by curious toddlers. As a result, McDonald’s teamed up with the Consumer Products Safety Commission to issue a voluntary recall on the LEGO sets, allowing parents of young children to exchange the LEGO for a set of larger, more suitable “Duplo” LEGO designed for toddlers. An alternative, “under-3” Happy Meal toy offering is now standard practice at McDonald’s.
  • How many individual LEGO bricks, figures, and pieces have been produced over the years? About 560 billion.
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February 18, 2014 1:20 pm

And 1 billion of them are at my house… 😉

February 18, 2014 1:38 pm

I think I have at least 1 billion at my house…or maybe it just feels that way…

February 19, 2014 6:32 am

I have stepped on nearly that many at night in the dark dropping to my knees in agonizing pain….

August 17, 2014 7:12 pm

I like Lego.
I really love the older sets.
But there’s always one thing that never changes:
They still feel like razors on my feet

September 21, 2015 12:53 pm

i love legos
i have a lot of legos
there is one thing i have to watch my dog so he dose not “eat them”!!

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