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- 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.
- Most expensive LEGO set: a Star Wars LEGO Ultimate Collector’s Edition Millennium Falcon, which retails for $499.
- 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.