It’s 2008 and that means that the greatest toy ever made, the Lego brick, is 50 years old. And, like all good things, it’s only gotten better with age.
What started out with sets that looked like blocky buildings in a limited color pallet has grown to be a toy that is as endlessly versatile as the imagination of the builder. The things that can be constructed these days from the once modest toy are mind blowing. Take a trip over to http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/and see what I’m talking about. Then, stop in at the Lego Factory section of the site or just do a Google image search on “Lego” to see what fans have built.
Back yet? Ok. Beyond just the bricks themselves, Lego has moved into the virtual world as well. One of the surprise hits of the gaming year a few years back was Lego Star Wars on the PS2. This was followed by the equally successful Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy and a PS3/X-Box 360 version that has the entire movie series in one game. Following on the heels of that are the forthcoming Lego Batman and Lego Indiana Jones.
Lego bricks have also grown huge in the statistics department.
* On average, there are 62 LEGO bricks for every person on earth.
* Approximately seven LEGO sets are sold every second.
* Two million LEGO pieces per hour are manufactured in Billund, Denmark.
* There are 915 million different ways to combine six eight-stud LEGO bricks.
* A column of 40 billion stacked LEGO bricks would reach the moon.
Not bad for a bunch of little plastic bricks. Happy Birthday Lego.