LEGO is one of the amazing institutions of our time with probably the best range of toys ever made.
LEGO began like most amazing companies from very humble beginnings when in 1932 a Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen’s carpentry business was embroiled in a recession and pretty much went bankrupt. To pay the bills, Ole started to produce little wooden toys in his work shop and marketed them locally. Two years later he titled his company LEGO the name of which is based on 2 Danish words “Leg” and “Godt” which implies to “play well” and thus LEGO was launched. His first toy was a wooden toy duck
Ole Kirk Christiansen did not actually invent toy building bricks. He was inspired by a type of self locking building brick patented in Britain years earlier. LEGO acquired all the rights to this brick system when the inventor died and the earliest LEGO bricks were more or less an exact copy of this system.
LEGO bricks, as we know them at present, were first created in 1958. The bricks constructed then still interlock with the ones built today. This kind of consistency is among the factors that makes LEGO the terrific company that it is now.
LEGO pieces are engineered in such a way that there is a product for everyone. From infants to schoolchildren, youths to adults, from standard brick sets to the large inspired sets that include the LEGO Airport, the LEGO Taj Mahal and LEGO Tower bridge. Whether you want to start out from scratch making things up as you go or building one of the various predesigned model sets, LEGO will at all times deliver.
Did You Know:
- Every single year, about 19 billion LEGO bricks are manufactured. That is 2.16 million LEGO bricks every hour, or 36,000 per minute.
- The LEGO construction process is so accurate that only 18 out of every 1 million LEGO bricks manufactured are thought to be flawed.
- LEGO fabricates about 306 million tiny rubber tyres every single year which means they make more tyres than any tyre manufacturer in the world.
- There are approximately 62 LEGO bricks for each individual one of the world’s 6 billion inhabitants.
- Youngsters around the world spend around 5 billion hours a year having fun with with LEGO sets.
- Around 400 million people all over the world have played with LEGO bricks.
- Well over 400 billion LEGO bricks have been made since 1949. Piled on top of each other, this is enough to join the Earth and the Moon ten times over.