Lego Dream Builders
R U JOKING, GRANDAD BLOG 1st October 2017
I believe Lego is awesome and is a major component of the grandparent’s (inparticular Grandad’s) kit.
I am fortunate enough to have a grandson that is a Lego addict and I am sure there will be more Lego addicts in our family as others of my grandchildren grow older and fall under the Lego spell.
Lego was started by a Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen who opened a woodwork shop in Billund, Denmark with his 12 year old son Godtfred 85 years ago in 1932. He named the shop Lego in 1934, from the Danish words ‘leg godt’, meaning ‘play well’.
They made wooden ladders, stools and toys. In 1934 they had only six employees, today they have approximately 17,000 employees.
Lego Facts and figures:
52,000 Lego bricks are made every minute.
24 times around the world is how far the Lego bricks sold in a year would stretch if they were laid end to end.
7,500 is the number of pieces there is in the Star Wars Millennium Falcon Set which went on sale 13th September 2017 and is the biggest set ever.
3,000 visitors went to the first Legoland theme park on the day of opening in Billund, Denmark, June 1968
2014, the year the Lego Group became the world’s largest toy company. They are now larger than Mattel.
280,000 Lego bricks were used to build a lifesize Lego model of the McLaren 720S with a top speed of 212 mph, supercar. The model weighed 1.6 tonnes.
3 is the number of Lego feature length movies that have been made.
$100 million was the cost of The Lego Movie, Lego’s first film. This was the total cost, including production, promotion and advertising
$469.2 million were the box office receipts for the film.
$80 million was the budget for The Lego Batman Movie which was released in February 2017
$312 million is the box office receipts to date for the Lego Batman film.
3,863,484 pieces of Lego were all created digitally for the film.
$70 million was the budget for The Lego Ninjago Movie which was released in September 2017.
$38.4 million is the box office receipts so far.
2000 The year Lego was named Toy of the Century by the British Association of Toy Retailers.
2.138 million people in 2016 visited the UK Legoland Windsor which opened in March 1996, making it the most visited theme park in the United Kingdom and the 10th-most visited in Europe.
1949 is the year Lego created the first Automatic Binding Brick in four colours which we love today.
915 million is the number of combinations for putting just 6 standard Lego bricks together.
4 billion minifigure have been made since the first in 1978. This makes them the world’s largest population group (if they were alive)!
40 billion Lego bricks would be needed to reach the moon with a column from earth. The column would be over 384,400 km tall.
In 2010 Top Gear presenter James May built the world’s first full-size Lego house which was fully functional, – including a working toilet, hot shower and a very uncomfortable bed – using 3.3million differently coloured plastic bricks. He and 1,000 volunteers built the 20ft-tall Lego house on a Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey.
A US estate agent has put a calculator online that works out how many bricks would be needed to make a Lego doppelganger of your home.
I used calculated that it would take 9,442,180 Lego bricks at a cost of $944,21 8to build a 1800 sqft, 2-story detached house.
But I an advised that buying enough to build the shell of a new build UK home, which on average has an area of about 79 sq m (850 sq ft), would cost about £1.1m. Far more than the average price of £199,016 for a semi-detached house built of real bricks.
Lego sells bricks in bulk via its Pick a Brick store. This sells 100 4×2 white bricks for £19ish. The 4×2 brick is the standard unit on which Movoto bases its calculations.
Interesting other bits: the plural of Lego is Lego.
LEGO DUPLO bricks are eight times the size of original LEGO bricks. Because of the universal system they will still connect together.
There are actually enough Lego bricks on Earth to stack from the Earth to the moon – ten times.
Lego was named the world’s most powerful brand this year ahead of Disney and Google.
And finally Lego sales will excel this week because my grandson Rory is five years old on Monday!
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Families are like fudge… mostly sweet with a few nuts. Author Unknown
Happiness is…creating a Lego masterpiece
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
A sandwich walks into a bar. The barman says “Sorry we don’t serve food in here”
LOVE SONG FOR MAMMA
The Best – Tina Turner
Highest chart position No.5 23.9.1989