If you’ve spent any time on the Internet of late (and considering where you’re reading this, the chances are pretty high), you know that LEGO is no longer just for kids. The Danish bricks are just as likely to show up on (viral) wedding cakes as they are under some parent’s foot in the middle of the night, and these days they’re the second best selling toy in the whole world, with movies, video games and even two new Netflix shows.
With the rise of popularity of adult coloring books, I suppose it’s no real surprise that spending money on toys is considered normal rather than “sign of a weirdo who is living in a state of suspended adolescence far long after it’s socially acceptable.”
By now you should know that when it comes to LEGO, everything is awesome. But what is so awesome about LEGO? I’m so glad you asked.
- It’s largely known that the name comes from the Danish words leg and godt, which together mean “play well.” But in Latin, the word is a variation of “legere” which means “to choose.” Works pretty well for a toy that’s all about driving kids’ creativity, don’t you think?
- Waste is virtually unheard of for LEGO. The manufacturing process is so well honed that only about 18 out of 1 million LEGO bricks comes out with a defect. Even more astounding? That’s out of 15 billion bricks made every year.
- There are 915 million different ways to combine just six LEGO bricks.
- The first plastic LEGO sets — if they can be tracked down — would sync perfectly with today’s bricks, as the overall design hasn’t changed in more than 65 years.
- It would take more than 10 million bricks (at a cost of more than $1 million) to build a human-sized house out of LEGO bricks.
- LEGO is plural, so even when you’re referring to a pile of bricks, you don’t need to add an “s.”
- It costs a quarter of a million dollars just to make the mold for one new LEGO brick.
- By 2019, it’s estimated that the world’s largest population group won’t be humans … it will be LEGO minifigures at more than 4 billion.
- The largest tire manufacturer in the world? You guessed it … more than 870,000 LEGO tires are produced every day.
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Disclaimer: This post was written to celebrate Netflix’ latest new shows, LEGO Bionicle and LEGO Friends. As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I receive a free Netflix subscription from the company. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.