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The LEGO supervillian Ogel was the nemesis of the Alpha Team for 5 years (2001-2005, the entire span of the Alpha Team theme). Interestingly, the name ‘Ogel’ is the backwards spelling of the word ‘LEGO’, as the evil character is supposed to represent the opposite of fun, play, and happiness.

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The Ninja minifigure was first released in 1998 with the first ever wave of Ninja-themed sets. Since then, it is has been released in hundreds more, becoming very popular with the Ninjago theme (2011-present). The minifigure has varied and ranges from ghost ninjas to robot ninjas, but the essence of the ninja has remained…

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The largest LEGO set as of right now is 10189 Taj Mahal, with 5922 pieces. When it was released in 2008, it swiped the award for set with highest part quantity from 10179 Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Flacon (5195 pieces), which held the position for only 1 year. Regardless, 10179 is still the heaviest LEGO set: it weighs over 22 lbs (8 lbs more than 10189)!!!

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There are currently only 18 different kinds of pegs, the most comon being the Black Connector Peg w/ Friction (in 1624 different sets) and the least common being the White Connector Peg w/ Friction 3M (used in only 1 set). Found in almost every set, pegs are among the most mass produced LEGO pieces in the world today.

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The 1x2x2/3 Slope piece is one of the most popular slope pieces in use today, helping compose hundreds of LEGO sets. The first time it ever appeared was actually in a promotional Clikits set (#7930), in the Earth Green color, way back in 2004. The following year it arrived in 24 sets; the number of these sets has increased exponentially since then. Now, it comes in 38 different colors molded from 3 different kinds of plastic.

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The first ever LEGOLAND Park was opened in Billund, Denmark (The LEGO Group’s natal country) on June 7th, 1968. Back then, it encompassed an area equalling 14 acres; but now, it has expanded to 45 acres with dozens more rides and attractions, all divided into 9 themed areas. The second LEGOLAND Park was opened in Windsor, UK almost 30 years later; and was followed by the first USA park in California, opening only 3 years afterward. Now, there are 6 open LEGOLAND parks (including Germany, Florida USA, and Malaysia), with four more planned for the future (Dubai, Korea, Japan, and Shanghai)!

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When The LEGO Group started producing plastic bricks in 1949, they were composed of cellulose acetate; 14 years later, the material was replaced with a plastic called acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or ‘ABS’. The new substance was non-toxic, more absorbent of color, less susceptible to warping, more chemically resistant and heat resistant, and easier to mold into bricks than the previous plastic. The LEGO Group has been producing ABS pieces ever since.

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Ever since the LEGO Star Wars series was spawned in 1999, the theme has 749 minifigures spread throughout 527 sets, 4 video games, and 10 books…all in only 17 years! It was the first licensed theme ever produced by The LEGO Group, and quickly became one of the most popular LEGO themes ever. And, it’s still going with the recent release of Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and LEGO sets already announced for the upcoming release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! May the Fourth be with you!