Interesting Lego Facts for Kids on National Lego Day
It is one of the favorite toys of almost every child to play with. They are versatile, they are fun to build, and you can create almost anything with them. That’s right, they’re LEGO bricks. Did you know that they also have their own vacations? On January 28, we can celebrate these little bricks that can create just about anything we want. To celebrate, we thought some interesting LEGO facts would be a lot of fun! Here are some fun facts about these colorful bricks.
ten Who created the LEGOs?
The first self-interlocking brick was created by a man named Hilary Fisher Page. The LEGOs we know and love today were first created by carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1932 on the basis of this brick. When he created the first Lego, he took the first two letters of the Danish words “godt leg, ” which means “to play well”. The very first LEGO bricks were patented in 1949.
9 A universal system
Let’s say you found a 1958 LEGO brick. Guess what? This LEGO brick in your hands for a long time again adapt to Lego parts today. Lego is part of a “universal” design. This means that no matter when they were made, they always fit together no matter what.
8 The biggest lego set
The LEGO set with the most pieces used to build a finished product is the much sought-after The Colosseum. It sells for around $ 549 and sold out within minutes of its release. It has a whopping 9,036 pieces. We can only imagine how long it would take to build it. Phew!
7 Lego tires
Although this may sound like a myth or a made-up fact, it is an outright truth. Lego is the the biggest tire manufacturer. Lego manufactures around 318 million plastic tires per year, surpassing the biggest tire manufacturers like Goodyear, Michelin and Bridgestone. The company produces the tires 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That’s 870,000 miniature tires per day.
6 The numbers inside
If you ever take a peer inside a LEGO brick, you’ll notice a three-digit number printed inside each one. This number lets the company know which mold was used to create the brick, just in case of a defect. Speaking of faulty bricks, did you know that only 18 blocks produced out of 1 million do not meet extremely high standards, which means the molds used are accurate to within two thousandths of a millimeter!
5 Stepping on a LEGO brick hurts, there’s a good reason!
Two YouTube scientists decided to see how durable LEGO bricks are. They took a normal 2X4 brick and it only broke 37,112 clicks. That’s why it hurts so much when you step on one. When you step on one, you don’t weigh enough to make it break. A single LEGO brick can support around 953 pounds of force. Thus, it sends these pain signals back to our feet. Ouch!
4 There’s a reason the figures are yellow
When the first LEGO minifigures were introduced in 1975, LEGO wanted the imagination of the person playing with them to imagine the faces the minifigures made, so they were printed blank, on a yellow background. Yellow was thought to be the most racially neutral color. Nowadays, LEGO Minifigures do have skin tones, but only if they are included in a set where they are modeled on someone. Otherwise, they stay yellow with facial expressions. If the LEGO Minifigures were real people, they would be the largest population in the world, with over 4 billion in total.
3 The rarest figurines to collect
Much like LEGO sets, minifigures can also be difficult to collect, especially if you are looking for one. The rarest would be a 14k Gold Star Wars Boba Fett and C-3PO. However, others include characters from the 2012 Toy Fair Marvel Universe. They include Captain America, Black Suit Spiderman, and Iron Man.
2 Amazing things have been done with LEGOS
LEGOS are pretty amazing and versatile, they’re not just for gaming! Amazing things have been done with them! An entire house was built out of LEGO bricks. One such incredible feat achieved with LEGOS was when a team of students from Wilmington, Delaware created the tallest LEGO tower with over 550,000 bricks.
1 You can build your own LEGO set
That’s right! Is there a certain LEGO set that you want to see created? You can submit it to LEGO, and if it gets 10,000 likes, it will go to a LEGO team who will see how much it costs to create a set you designed. Who knows, maybe one day you will see your creation on store shelves! Interested? Click here to see the process!
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Sources: Facts.net, StackExchange.com, Mental Floss, Interesting Engineering, Nat Geo Kids, NPR
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