LEGOs have been part of the toy world for over 70 years and their franchise has grown exponentially since their debut in 1949. The brand began in Billund, Denmark, with The LEGO Group's founder Ole Kirk Christiansen first debuting a simple set of plastic interlocking bricks. The word LEGO comes from the Danish words leg godt, which means play well and their motto "only the best is good enough" is still used to this day.
By 1978, LEGO introduced their mini-figures, which have now become synonymous with the brand and are a staple in most of today's sets. LEGO has expanded well beyond their simple sets, with collections for major monuments, fictional castles and "Star Wars" ships. As of 2021, the LEGO set with the most pieces is the LEGO Colosseum, which contains 9,036 individual pieces. This set debuted in November 2020 and took the record from 2017's LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon, which has 7,541 pieces.
A huge part of the LEGO franchise are the LEGO movies, with "The Lego Movie" debuting in 2014. This film starred Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski, an everyday LEGO who also appeared in the film's sequel "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part." The franchise has also released "The Lego Batman Movie" and "The Lego Ninjago Movie," with a television series called "Lego City" currently in the works.
There are LEGO lovers young and old all around the world, and that isn't going to change any time soon. In fact, many LEGO fanatics have shown their love for the toy empire through tattoos and some of them are seriously spectacular. Take a peek at 50 of our favorite LEGO tattoos from talented artists around the world in the gallery below, then let us know if you still love LEGOs in the comments section on social media.