If you’ve never played with LEGO, you’re missing out on some seriously good childhood memories. The timeless toy has put smiles on so many children’s (and undoubtedly adults) faces over the 60 plus years since the first LEGO blocks were introduced. And now, in 2012, the toy that originally started with wooden models has added an unexpected accomplishment to their lengthy list of achievements.
LEGO is number one when it comes to the largest volume of tires ever made. Michelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone and all the other tire manufacturers out there can move over because there’s a new tire king.
Each year, the toy company molds millions of little tires and wheels and just last year alone, LEGO produced a staggering 381 million, with varying sizes ranging from 0.5 inch 4.2 inch.
Now, obviously these tires are not going on your Mazda but nearly everyone in the world knows what LEGO is and either own or have owned some at one point. The very first LEGO tire came out in 1962, 50 years ago, with LEGO set number 400. By 1967, the set had sold 820,400 units, making it LEGO’s best-seller at the time.
It’s a tribute to the lasting quality of what is one of, if not the, greatest toys ever produced.