Have you ever wondered how many Lego bricks it would take to build a tower to the moon or if anyone has actually tried? Well, how about which country buys the most Lego sets in relation to population size? Well, you’re lucky because here are the top 10 most interesting Lego facts you may not know.
Read to the end for a bonus fact that may blow your mind.
Lego’s Manufacturing Precision
As the largest toy company in the world, Lego’s manufacturing process is so precise that only 18 out of every 1 million Lego bricks produced are considered defective and must be thrown out. Only 0.002% of Lego bricks are faulty after they’re created. To meet this strict percentage, the molds that Lego uses to produce Lego elements are accurate to within 0.05 millimeters. That’s less than the width of a single human hair.
Which Country Buys the Most Lego Sets?
Germany buys the most Lego sets per person compared to their population size. Surprisingly, this title is not held by Lego’s home country of Denmark.
Now, why is this? Germany is one of, if not the cheapest, places in Europe to purchase Lego sets. On the other hand, some neighboring European countries, such as the Netherlands, pay a 20% premium compared to the Lego sets sold in Germany. Overall concerning currency, the three countries in the world that have the most affordable Lego prices are:
- The United States
- Hong Kong
This is based on economic factors, such as population wealth, buying power, and availability.
How Many Lego Bricks Have Been Made?
More than 800 billion Lego bricks have been produced since 1958, enough for every human on earth to have 101 Lego bricks. This is based on a January 2021 world population of 7.9 billion people. So basically, everyone on the planet could choose between a Lego Jurassic world by plane rescue mission set or a Lego star wars rebel Alliance battle pack.
A Weird Fact About Lego Building Combinations
If you only had a handful of six, two-by-four Lego bricks, how many different combinations could you make? Well, the number is probably higher than you may expect with these six Lego bricks.
You could combine them in a total of 915,103,765 unique ways. Almost a billion! That’s a lot of individual structures. Even crazier, if you wanted to build each of those within your lifetime, and you live to be 100 years old, let’s say that means that you would need to complete one every 3.45 seconds of your entire life to accomplish all 915 million designs.