LEGO is one of the most popular toys in the world and one with a rich history. There are thousands of LEGO playsets available, from LEGO Duplo sets all the way up to the largest, most intricate sets and collector items. The LEGO Group (based in Billund, Denmark) manufactures this line of plastic construction toys. LEGO sets are made up of colourful interlocking bricks, minifigures, gears, and various other pieces and can be connected and assembled to create objects such as vehicles, buildings, and robots. Any finished items can then be dissembled and the pieces reused to make new, different objects.
Since the first LEGO sets were manufactured in the 1940s, the toys have earned substantial worldwide popularity. LEGO has grown from a line of toys to an empire that includes games, movies, contests, and even theme parks based on the brightly-coloured connectables. Hundreds of billions of LEGO parts have been produced since the toy’s inception. Nonetheless, they are nearly all completely perfect: the moulds used to produce them are accurate to within 0.002mm, meaning that only 18 out of every million elements produced fail to meet company standards.
Until 1947, LEGO blocks were made of wood. After this, they were made of cellulose acetate, which was eventually traded in for ABS plastic, which is less toxic and more heat resistant. The word “LEGO” itself comes from the Danish words “leg” and “godt,” which means “play well.” Worldwide, retailers sell seven LEGO sets every second. This figure jumps to 28 sets per second during the holiday season. Numerous world records have been set with LEGO, including:
Oh, and by the way – the correct way to write “LEGO” is in all caps, and the plural form of LEGO is also LEGO!
There are LEGO sets for people of all ages, whether they’re first-time builders or seasoned pros. Each set is designed with a specific age group in mind. For instance, LEGO sets designed for younger children do not include certain elements such as axles that are more complicated to assemble. Sets for younger children also include more pre-assembled pieces to make building easier. They also include fewer pieces and more attention is paid to safety concerns, such as making sure pieces aren’t too small or pointy. It’s not until around the 12+ age range that sets become larger and more advanced. There are LEGO sets complicated enough to satisfy even the most experienced adult builders. Check the age range listed on the package to be sure you are choosing an age-appropriate set.
When you’re done with your LEGO, there are lots of options besides throwing them away. If the bricks are worn and unusable, they may be recyclable in your community – check with your local recycling program to see if you can add them to your regular recycling. If the bricks are still in good shape, you may donate them to a local charity or day-care centre. LEGO does their part to help the environment in a number of ways. For example, when pieces don’t meet quality standards, they are either ground down and used to make new pieces or they are used to help generate power in LEGO facilities. They also donate surplus bricks to charities throughout the world.
Children all over the world spend billions of hours playing with LEGO each year – and that takes a lot of bricks. LEGO produces 19 billion LEGO pieces every year, and there are now more than 60 times as many LEGO bricks in existence as there are people. Since 1949, LEGO has produced more than 400 billion bricks. For perspective, the LEGO bricks produced in just one year would circle the earth five times! There are enough minifigures today to circle the earth four times.
It takes a special toy to have an entire movie based on it. The LEGO Movie was released in 2014 and was a smashing success, making nearly $500 million on a $60 million budget. The film features big-name actors such as Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Jonah Hill, Liam Neeson, and more.
The story is about an everyday LEGO mini-figure who discovers that he is in a unique position as the only one who can help stop a tyrant from gluing together the pieces of the LEGO worlds to fit his idea of perfection.
No real LEGO bricks were used. The movie is entirely made of digitally rendered bricks – several million of them. The producers used LEGO Digital Designer, a free software. However, they all represent LEGO pieces that actually exist, and every structure you see in the movie is possible to recreate, should you feel so inclined.
The film has spawned two spin-offs: The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie. More are in the works. LEGO merchandise based on the movies has become quite popular and includes pieces such as The LEGO Batman Movie minifigures and The LEGO Ninjago Movie Spinjitzu Training building sets.
It has been announced The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part id to be released early 2019!
Not surprisingly, the first licensed themed LEGO set was a Star Wars set. It was released in 1999 and included the first LEGO X-Wing.
The largest LEGO set is also a Star Wars-themed set: The Millennium Falcon with over 7,500 pieces – which goes for a whopping nearly-$1,300. There are now hundreds of LEGO Star Wars sets available such as LEGO Star Wars First Order Heavy Assault Wars, LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Transformation, and LEGO Star Wars Troopers. There are also numerous LEGO Star Wars toys available besides traditional LEGO playsets, including minifigure clocks, LEGO Brickheadz Sets, and more.
For kids who might not be ready to tackle the giant Millennium Falcon set, we sell a LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon Microfighter for ages six to 12. Players can position Chewbacca on top and prepare for action. The Star Wars Advent Calendar is another fun set for ages six to 14 that helps players get festive with 24 doors to open that conceal gifts such as minifigures, vehicles, starships, and other collectables.
LEGO Technic is a unique line that includes interconnecting rods and other parts. This series allows users to build more complex models with advanced technical functions. Originally introduced as the Expert Builder series in 1977, it was renamed LEGO Technic in 1984. The sets have unique pieces such as pins, axles, gears, beams, and more – even electric motors and pneumatic pieces. The LEGO Technic Series includes collections of all types and sizes, from cars and tractors to ships and helicopters. This year, LEGO is adding a sweet Bugatti Chiron to its lineup. The new set will have almost 4,000 pieces and is sure to keep even the most seasoned builder busy for quite some time. Don’t worry – you can buy your child a Bugatti Chiron of their own so you can have fun building these sleek cars together!
Another impressive LEGO Technic set is the LEGO Technic Porsche. The LEGO Technic Porsche is the perfect way to celebrate innovative design and engineering. This stunning model features an adjustable rear spoiler, sleek aerodynamic lines, and orange bodywork rich in authentic functions and features. The attention to detail is truly incredible, from the elaborate cockpit and working gearbox to the glove compartment with unique serial number. Builders 16 and up will love getting lost in this amazing set and its numerous detailed features.
Vehicles are one of the most popular types of LEGO sets. There are many vehicles to construct, from cars and trucks to buses and vans. Some fun sets to start with include:
Fun fact: LEGO vehicles aren’t limited to those constructed from interlocking plastic bricks. Check out this full-size LEGO car, built by 20-year-old Raul Oaida of Romania. The car can seat two people and actually runs, hitting top speeds of 30 kph. The vehicle includes over 500,000 LEGO pieces along with some real car parts such as the wheels and tyres. It also has a working engine made largely from LEGO.
Absolutely. Although LEGO Technic sets use different building styles and specialised pieces, these pieces are still completely compatible with regular LEGO. That means you have the freedom to create any number of unique structures – your imagination is the limit.
While many of the LEGO vehicles are for big kids (and kids at heart), LEGO Duplo caters to the other end of the spectrum. LEGO Duplo bricks are larger than regular LEGO bricks – twice the size, to be exact. That’s so that the tiniest hands can more easily grasp and manipulate them and so that they’re less likely to be swallowed by young children. The LEGO Duplo series launched in 1969 and now includes many sets featuring houses, cars, trains, and figures. Some favourites include:
LEGO Duplo is suitable for kids from one to five years of age.
Fun fact: LEGO Duplo bricks are entirely compatible with regular LEGO bricks; the two can be combined in a vast number of ways to create new structures.
A step forward from LEGO Duplo, the LEGO Juniors series is for kids four to seven years old. These young builders have a rich imagination and love telling stories and creating scenarios. LEGO Juniors includes many playsets with pieces that are easy and safe for small hands to manipulate. The sets are made up of individual parts that can be assembled separately so that play can begin as soon as possible. The bricks for each part come in a numbered bag that makes it easy to find the right pieces. The possibilities are endless as children build confidence and skill putting together these fun sets. Foster your child’s creative thinking with sets such as:
LEGO Juniors is a great series with many different playsets that not only help kids learn to build but also allows them to stretch their imaginations and learn about many different jobs and activities.
The LEGO vehicles mentioned above are all from the LEGO Creator series, which also includes many other sets designed to get the creative juices flowing for big kids ages 16 and up. Serious builders will love the challenge of constructing a model such as the LEGO Creator Expert Ferris Wheel. This massive set boasts over 2,400 pieces including ten minifigures, an ice cream stall, a ticket kiosk, trees, and more. The amount of detail in the Ferris wheel itself is astounding, from the ramps and boarding platform to the 12 beautifully-coloured gondolas with doors that open and close.
There are also LEGO Creator sets available for younger builders. Kids seven to 12 can enjoy sets such as LEGO Creator Adventure Vehicles.
This set is unique in that its three-in-one design means you can build three different vehicles including a helicopter, swamp air boat, and Land Rover. Some of the other popular LEGO Creator sets include:
Here’s a set that’s truly incredible. The LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox boosts your creativity with advanced technology. Kids seven to 12 who love building with LEGO and engaging with technology will enjoy the fun and challenge of this set. They’ll download the free tablet app and then follow the instructions to build and code a moving and talking robot, a multi-tooled rover, a guitar with sound effects and pitch bend, a playful and interactive cat, or an auto builder that builds its own miniature LEGO models. The pieces are compatible with other LEGO construction sets, so strap on your imagination and get ready for some seriously creative building.
Since the first minifigure was created in the 1970s, there have been enough minifigures made to fill 170 standard-size swimming pools. Worldwide, an astonishing 12 minifigures are produced every second. Minifigures give LEGO sets life and personality and add to the imaginative possibilities. Want to know more?
1978. The first minifigure was a smiling police officer included in LEGO Set 600 Police Car. The set was small and simple – the minifigure could not even sit inside the vehicle – but the set is a classic today nonetheless.
Check out these LEGO minifigure fun facts:
Many people choose LEGO sets mainly for the minifigures they contain. Minifigures are important to players and collectors alike. That’s not surprising considering that, with four billion produced over the years, minifigures are the largest population on Earth.
LEGO City is one of the many LEGO themes on the market, with a series of sets based on city life. These playsets are designed primarily for kids ages five – 12 and include models that depict emergency services such as fire and police, train, airport, civilian services, and construction. Kids can build, explore, and even find jobs – just like in real cities.
The LEGO City series is fun and excitement for players who love the thrill of the big city and want to be part of the action. Pick out your next set and become a hero!
LEGO makes numerous playsets based on your child’s favourite princesses – also look for Belle, Rapunzel, Moana, and more. Nearly every little girl dreams of being a princess; the LEGO Disney Princess series gives them a chance to live out their dreams and hone their practical skills as they create whole new worlds to explore. Watch the movie and then construct the set – a fun-filled afternoon that will keep anyone fascinated by Disney royalty happy for hours.
If you’re looking for the perfect LEGO set for a little princess, check out one such as Elsa’s Market Adventure, Ariel’s Royal Celebration Boat, Mulan’s Training Day, or Cinderella’s Enchanted Evening.
LEGO Elves is a special series based on the magical story of a regular girl named Emily Jones. After living a completely normal life, Emily encounters an old amulet that transports her to Elvendale through a secret portal. She quickly makes four new elf friends who help her find the four long-lost keys that can return her safely home. However, the danger and adventure don’t end when she makes it back home. The evil elf witch Noctura has captured the Dragon Queen of Elvendale, and Emily and her elf friends must summon every bit of strength, courage, and ancient magic they can to rescue her. Unfortunately, Emily’s sister, Sophie Jones, becomes caught in the Goblin King’s evil plans, and the future of both worlds is at stake. The story is full of twists and turns, exciting themes, and collectable characters.
Absolutlely! Look out for:
Batman is another favourite theme when it comes to finding fun LEGO sets. Its popularity grew by leaps and bounds in 2017 with the release of The LEGO Batman Movie.
The computer-animated movie is based on the LEGO Batman line of toys and the first spin-off of The LEGO Movie. In the film, Batman bravely attempts to overcome his biggest fear to thwart the Joker’s latest evil plan.
The LEGO Batman Movie is rated PG for some action and “rude humour,” but overall, it’s a very kid-friendly flick.
The LEGO Batman Movie brought in $312 million worldwide and received praise from critics who loved its musical score, vocal performances, and animation. Some fun facts include:
In the same irreverent spirit of fun as The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie has captured the hearts of audience members young and old. Help the kids on your gift list create their own superhero adventures with some of these great products based on the movie.
Jurassic World is a 2015 adventure movie and the fourth in the Jurassic Park series. The immensely popular film gave way to a range of LEGO products – most notably, the LEGO Jurassic World video game. The LEGO-themed game is available for a variety of platforms including Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360, and more. It’s indeed one of an extensive series of LEGO-themed video games. There are also many LEGO playsets and minifigures based on the Jurassic World Movie and the other movies in the series.
If you or your children love Minecraft, then you’re probably aware of the elements that make it so popular. This Swedish sandbox video game gives players the freedom to build their own 3D worlds and then explore, gather resources, and engage in combat as they fight for survival. It’s the creative nature of Minecraft that makes it so well-loved, as players use their imagination and unlimited resources to create and build. It’s easy to see why Minecraft and LEGO are perfect partners. Today, many Minecraft-themed LEGO sets recreate scenes from the game and immerse players in a more hands-on version of the Minecraft world.
LEGO Minecraft sets range from about $19.99 and get more expensive, depending on their size and skill level.
At Mr. Toys, we sell a range of fun LEGO Minecraft sets for Minecraft lovers who enjoy hands-on fun. Be sure to check out:
The LEGO Architecture series focuses on celebrating past, present, and future architectural accomplishments through the humble LEGO brick.
For ages 12 and up, this series includes models of famous landmarks and cities throughout the world, such as:
LEGO Architecture models come with collectible booklets containing information about the architecture, design, and history of the structures. All LEGO Architecture models are compatible with other LEGO building sets, so get the creative juices flowing and come up with some modern architecture of your own.
Here’s something truly inspiring – especially for creative types with big ideas. Formerly known as LEGO Cuusoo, LEGO Ideas is a program that gives fans just like you a chance to come up with your own idea for the next LEGO set. You can submit your idea or give feedback on the ideas of others. To enter an idea, create your model and take some great photos of it. Then, write up a description and submit. If you gather 10,000 supporters, your project will qualify for review.
If your idea enters the review phase, a board of marketing reps and set designers will evaluate your project according to specific criteria, giving your concept an excellent chance of becoming a real LEGO set. Here’s the best part: if your idea becomes an actual product sold by LEGO, you’ll be recognised as the creator of the product and earn a royalty on sales. That’s right – you’ll get paid for playing with toys!
LEGO is so much fun and so immensely popular that there are actual LEGO-themed amusement parks. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a family-friendly chain of amusement parks owned by The LEGO Group and Merlin Entertainments (a British theme park company). The LEGOLAND Billund Resort in Denmark was the first to open in 1968. Others followed in the1990s including parks in Japan, Germany, the United States, Malaysia, and the United Arab Emirates. More are in the works.
The parks attract families with younger children primarily; although there are roller coasters, there is a bigger focus on rides suitable for little ones. There’s a LEGO Miniland in each park, a model village that includes LEGO replicas of landmarks from around the world – all constructed from real LEGO bricks, of course. LEGOLAND parks are designed with education in mind, incorporating elements such as interactive water features, musical instruments, Duplo Gardens for small children, and LEGO Mindstorms centres for learning while having lots of fun.
The rides in the LEGOLAND parks are all LEGO-themed, and many are even designed to look like they’re made out of real LEGO bricks. In LEGOLAND California alone, there are over 30,000 LEGO models located throughout the park!
With an enormous range of playsets and accessories for people of all ages, LEGO is one of the greatest toys of our lifetime. Whether your goal is to foster your child’s imagination and practical skills or indulge your inner child, you can find the perfect LEGO set at Mr Toys Toyworld.