Little Brick Schoolhouse

Fun Facts for LEGO® Maniacs

LEGO® is a privately held company that has been owned by the same Danish family since it was founded in 1932.

LEGO® is a fusion of the Danish words “leg” and “godt” (“play well”).

Coincidentally, in Latin the verb "lego" means "I put together" or "I collect."

LEGO® originally made wooden toys.

The first LEGO® brick was invented in 1949 and named "Automatic Binding Brick."

The modern LEGO® brick turned 50 years old at 1:58 pm on January 28, 2008.

All LEGO® elements work together whether they were made in 1958 or 2008.

The total number of LEGO® bricks made since 1958 would reach from earth to the moon ten times over if stacked on top of each other.

The LEGO® company is Europe's largest toymaker.

LEGO® has maintained its position in the top five toy brands for over twenty years. (Two other top toy brands include Mattel and Hasbro, both U.S. companies.)

LEGO® products are used in about 90 percent of U.S. preschools and kindergartens.

In stores around the world, seven LEGO® sets are sold every second.

There are enough LEGO® bricks in the world for each person on earth to be able to have 62 of them.

Children spend 5 billion hours per year playing with LEGO® bricks.

At least 400 million people have played with LEGO® toys.

Fortune magazine and the British Association of Toy Retailers voted LEGO® "Toy of the Century" in 2000.

The acronym AFOL refers to Adult Fans of Lego - typically artists, engineers, and hobbyists who build with or collect LEGO® pieces.

LEGO® bricks are made of ABS plastic (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), the same material used in auto bodies. When formed, the plastic is heated to 450 degrees F and compressed using up to 150 tons of pressure.

LEGO® elements come in more than 11,000 shapes and 106 colors.

There are 2,400 different LEGO® brick shapes of every color and size.

16 billion LEGO® bricks are molded every year - that's 2 million an hour, or 33,000 bricks every minute, or 550 pieces per second!

LEGO® people are called minifigures - or minifigs for short.

More than 4 billion LEGO® minifigures have been made since 1978, making them the world's largest population.

LEGO® has produced enough minifigures to encircle the earth at least four times.

In 1985, a Canadian company introduced the Mega Bloks brand of interlocking plastic brick construction toys.

Mega Bloks are made from plain styrene.

The Mega Bloks brand fills a market niche by producing military- themed products (which is against the LEGO® Group's philosophy).

K'NEX Bricks™ feature special holes for using with K'NEX rods and connectors.

Best-Lock is a cheaper interlocking plastic brick, about half the price of the leading brand.

Mega Bloks (made in Canada), LEGO® bricks (made in Denmark), K'NEX Bricks™ (made in the USA), and Best-Lock (made in China) are all fairly compatible.

On July 13, 2005, the control of 70% of the LEGOLAND parks was sold for $460 million to the Blackstone Group of New York while the remaining 30% is still held by the LEGO® Group.

Did You Know…? Two eight-stud bricks can be combined in 24 ways. Three eight-stud bricks can be combined in 1,060 ways. Six eight-stud bricks can be combined in over 102,981,500 ways!

This website is a project of:

Copyright © by The Olsen Family
All rights reserved.

Help Support this Site
Please visit our fine sponsors
and purchase items via our
affiliate links. Thank you!

Tall banner showing Lego Storage and Sorter Invention

Notice & Disclaimer
The Little Brick Schoolhouse is not affiliated with The LEGO® Group of companies and LEGO® does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this site or its content. LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies. This means that the word LEGO® is a brand name and should technically be used as an adjective (e.g., LEGO® bricks, LEGO® toys, LEGO® models, LEGO® sets, etc. – not “Legos” as is so common in everyday speech). In addition, LEGO® is actually written in uppercase letters. LEGO® fans, let's stand behind this special brand by not diluting their trademark. Visit the official LEGO® website: