LEGO Facts, History, Records and Stats (2020) | By the Numbers

LEGO Facts, History, Records and Stats

Here are a few LEGO facts, records, stats and important dates in history you may, or may not know about the world's most beloved maker of building blocks. As with all my other stat posts, this list will grow and be updated periodically.

LEGO Facts, History, Records and StatsWith this list, I decided to venture beyond my digital marketing stat "comfort zone" and curate a list of stats and facts pertaining to a product that I have been interested in for well over thirty years: LEGO®.

LEGO (yes, it is always all caps and singular) has a very interesting history. LEGO actually began as a wooden toy produced by Danish toymaker Ole Krik Christiansen in 1932. They remained wooden until 1947 and didn't become an interlocking system until 1949. There has been ups and downs for LEGO over the years, but the company, and the toy, have endured and stand today as one of the largest toys, and brands, in the world.

So with such a rich history and vast reach, I knew there was sure to be plenty of interesting facts about LEGO that I could share with all of you. There was indeed...

LEGO Facts and History

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  • Year LEGO Group was Founded: 1932
  • Year the first LEGO plastic blocks were introduced: 1949
  • Year that LEGO DUPLO was introduced: 1969
  • LEGO Founders: Ole Kirk Christiansen
  • Place of LEGO creation: Billund, Denmark
  • LEGO CEO: Niels B Christiansen
  • Location of LEGO offices around the world:

    • Billund, Denmark (Headquarters)
    • Enfield, Connecticut, USA
    • London, UK
    • Shanghai, China
    • Singapore

"LEGO" is derived from the Danish term "Leg Godt" which means "Play Well" in English

LEGO Stats and Records

Estimated number of LEGO pieces for every human on earth:

62 pieces

Number of LEGO pieces produced from 1958-2013:

650 billion

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Number of LEGO minifigures produced all-time:

4 billion

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Number of different LEGO minifigures made to date:

12,000 different minifigures

Last updated 6/14/20

Number of countries LEGO is sold in:


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Number of different colors LEGO pieces come in:


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How many LEGO employees are there globally?


Last updated 3/4/17

Tallest LEGO structure in history:

112 feet, 11.75 inches

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Record for the most LEGO Star Wars sets:

300 unopened sets

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Largest LEGO model ever built:

5.3 million brick X-Wing

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Amount of time spent annually playing with LEGO:

5 billion hours

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LEGO is now the #2 toymaker in the world behind Mattel

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A life-sized Ford Mustang 1964½ V8 Coupe LEGO replica contains 194,900 bricks and took 1,200 hours to complete.

The world's largest LEGO store is 914 sqm.

Average YOY growth in sales for LEGO:


Last updated 9/7/16

LEGO is Number 2 on the list of most regarded companies in the world.

Number of LEGO employees in Denmark:

4,000 LEGO employees

Last updated 2/3/17

LEGO revenue 2018:

$5.5 billion

LEGO revenue 2015:

35.8 billion DKK

Amount LEGO reportedly paid for Merlin Entertainment:

$6 billion

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