LEGO rocks the toy box – and it’s pretty darn good on the big screen, too!

A favourite for over 80 years,  twice named Toy of the Century – it’s those little bricks and bits ’n’ bobs that, no matter how vigilant you are with the putting-away, make barefoot mums everywhere hop… Yes, it’s LEGO!

The man behind the mini marvel was Ole Kirk Christiansen. In 1935, Ole Kirk, a master carpenter and joiner in the village of Billund, Denmark, began making construction toys.

Ole Kirk’s 12-year-old son, Godtfred Kirk, joined his dad in the workshop and, at 17, began making models, too. The company took the name LEGO – an abbreviation of the two Danish words, ‘leg godt’, meaning ‘play well’. Later, someone also realised that, in Latin, the name means, ‘I put together’. Destiny!

Christiansen’s Automatic Binding Bricks, created in 1949, were the forerunner of plastic Lego and, in the Fifties, the bricks were renamed LEGO Bricks.

Ole Kirk’s motto was ‘Only the best is good enough’. And LEGO still rules the toy world – plus it looks pretty good on the old red carpet at a movie premiere! So push your way through the paparazzi for some LEGO character screen stars…

 

1. Yo ho ho! It’s Pirates of the Caribbean, Cap’n Jack Sparrow

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Did you know? If you put the 340 million Minifigures produced last year in a line, it’d stretch 7,900km – almost from London to Beijing!

 

2. Harry Potter’s just wizard!

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Ha ha! Just saw The Lego Movie. Quite a cast they assembled…

 

3. Reach for the sky! It’s Woody from Toy Story!

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Did you know? Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times round the world.

 

4. The doctor will see you now – Dr Indiana Jones, of course!

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Did you know? During the Christmas season, almost 28 LEGO sets are sold each second.

 

5. Marty McFly and Dr Emmett Brown go Back to the Future

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Did you know? The world’s tallest LEGO tower is 28.7m high, made with 465,000 bricks!

 

6. Scared of the Dark (Side)? Star Wars Darth Vader

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Did you know? The moulds used to produce LEGO bricks are accurate to within two-thousandth of a millimetre (0.002 mm!).

 

7. Your friendly, neighbourhood Spider-Man!

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Did you know? The design of the LEGO brick is more than 50 years old. The bricks made way back in 1958 will still fit perfectly with today’s!

 

8. They’re Guardians of the Galaxy – Groot and Rocket!

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Did you know? LEGO Minifigures are the world’s largest population, with over 4 billion of them around the world!

 

9. Give him a ring? Samwise Gamgee…

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10. …and Lord of the Rings – Frodo Baggins!

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Did you know? On average, there are 80 LEGO bricks for every person on earth.

 

11. Hi ho, Silver. The Lone Ranger rides again!

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Ha ha! Q: How many LEGO bricks do you need to change a lightbulb? A: None, you change it yourself!

 

News flash… News flash…

The Lego Movie: In 2014, LEGO took its very own starring role on the big screen. The computer-animated adventure comedy tells the story of an ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, who is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis…

News flash… News flash…

Shubham Banerjee, a 13-year-old from California, has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the writing system for the visually impaired. Subham’s award-winning Braigo – a name combining Braille and Lego – is an affordable printer for visually-impaired readers to print out letters, household labels, shopping lists etc on paper in Braille. Shubham started his company Braigo Labs last summer with funding from his dad. And now tech company Intel Corp. has invested in his startup!

News flash… News flash…

A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997 – and they’re still washing up on Cornish beaches today. The container ship Tokio Express was hit by a freak wave, that violently tilted the ship first one way, then back. As a result, 62 containers were lost overboard, about 20 miles off Land’s End – one of them filled with nearly 4.8m pieces of Lego, bound for New York. Shortly after that, some of those Lego pieces began washing up on the Cornish coast. And they’re still coming in today. Look out for some of the 4,200 black octopuses and  33,941 black and green dragons…