Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, the Lego company has been around for 82 years. Although many toys fall out of favor over time, Lego has grown in popularity and is now the world’s third-largest manufacturer of toys.
Much of the company's success comes from a motto that has hung on the walls of Lego factory since 1936: “Only the best is good enough.”
After many years of operation, what started out at a small carpenter's workshop has now pumped out hundreds of building sets, video games and, most recently, a movie created by Warner Brothers titled, "The LEGO Movie," released on Feb. 7, 2014.
The Lego brick, which has maintained the same design since 1958, has also inspired fans around the world to build their own creations.
From an amputee's Lego leg to a life-size Lego house — complete with running water — here are 26 interesting Lego iterations.
One of the tallest Lego towers was constructed in the U.K. in 2012 and is located at Legoland Windsor.
The construction involved hundreds of volunteers in and required more than 500,000 Lego bricks, resulting in a tower almost 105 feet tall, according to metro.co.uk.
At the time of its construction, the Lego tower was the largest in the world. Since then, a Lego tower in Delaware measuring 112 feet has outdone the Windsor version.
Christina Stephens lost her left foot after her leg was crushed by a car, according to cbsnews.com.
As part of an effort to address issues amputees face, which includes a Facebook page titled Amputee OT, Stephens created a leg out of Legos. The leg, while not functional, quickly garnered attention.
She documented the creation process in a video she posted to YouTube on June 12, 2013.
A life-size Lego model of the Incredible Hulk was present at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con.
See the making of the 500-pound Lego Hulk.
In 2012, engineering student Max Shepherd created a Lego prosthetic arm that mimics the full range of motion of a human arm and hand.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, right, and teammate Felipe Massa of Brazil sit on a life-size model of a F1 car made of Legos at the 2013 Australian Formula One Grand Prix.
At the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, Lego presented a 6-foot-tall version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The LEGO statue took 400 hours to build.
Eric Steenstra of Duiven, Netherlands, is undoubtedly an avid Lego fan. His YouTube channel, esrtiece, and Facebook page are platforms for his elaborate plastic creations.
In August 2012, infoniac.com highlighted one of his larger projects: a life-sized, functional go-kart created using the Lego Mindstorms line, a series of programmable, robotic kits.
In September 2013, Steenstra posted a video featuring an updated version of the car, complete with a steering wheel. A few days later, he made a Facebook post about his LE-GOcart being on display at the Lego Innovation House in Billund, Denmark.
This Lego replica of Iron Man was on display at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. The statue is more than 6 feet tall.
Pictured is a scene from the 2012 Summer Olympics created by Andrew Becraft featured at the Lego Sport City.
Becraft created this Lego scene to promote the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. He is an active member of the online Lego community and has been building with Legos for more than 30 years.
A life-size Batman constructed of Lego blocks was on display at the Lego showroom Feb. 10, 2006, during the American International Toy Fair in New York.
Alice Finch from Seattle, unveiled her own LEGO replica of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry from J.K. Rowling’s "Harry Potter" series of books and movies.
Finch told the popular Lego blog The Brothers Brick that the castle took her 12 months to build. Finch said she used an estimated total of 400,000 bricks, and 10,000 of those bricks are used just in the central staircase.
This massive creation is not only spectacular on the outside, but is also detailed inside.
"I did quite a bit of research in the books and movies looking for the smallest of details, things like the old-fashioned slide projector in Lupin’s Defense Against the Dark Arts class, the location of the potions class, and the wood paneling in the charms classroom."
View more pictures of the Hogwarts castle on Finch's Flickr account.
Life-size Lego Gandalf and Bilbo statues, from "The Hobbit," were featured at San Diego's 2012 Comic-Con.
Award-winning photographer Jeff Friesen blends his love of photography and play with The Brick Fantastic, a project that uses Lego bricks to tell stories.
In the "50 States of Lego" Friesen created scenes and shot images to represent each state.
"Delicate arches and delicate noggins collide in the Utah backcountry," Freisen wrote for the caption of his Utah scene.
See the rest of Friesen's creations on his website.
A life-size Lego Buzz Lightyear appeared at the D23 — "The Official Disney Fan Club" — 2009 convention in Anaheim, Calif.
Along with 1,000 volunteers, James May, a host of BBC's "Top Gear," built a full-size Lego house complete with decorations, furniture, pets, and even a toothbrush and toothpaste.
The house was demolished in 2009 after the vineyard the house was located on needed to be harvested and plans for Legoland to purchase the house fell through, according to a BBC article.
This model of Lightning Mcqueen from Disney's "Cars" contains around 305,400 LEGO bricks.
Seven-foot-tall NBA star Dirk Nowitzki was honored in his home country of Germany with a life-sized Lego replica.
Made from around 25,000-30,000 Lego blocks, the statue was initially located at the Germany Legoland Discovery Center.
But after Nowitzki helped his Dallas team take home a national championship in 2011, the statue was transferred to Legoland Discovery Center in Texas.
The statue was also changed to sport the blue NBA Finals jersey.
LEGO unveiled the largest Lego model ever in Times Square in May 2013, a life-size version of the X-Wing Starfighter. Other life-size replicas of Darth Vader and Chewbacca were also displayed.
The X-Wing alone was made of 5,335,200 LEGO bricks and took 32 Lego master model builders more than 17,000 hours to complete, according to Lego.com. Including the steel reinforcement weight, the model weighs 45,979 pounds, and an adult can fit in the cockpit.
Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates works of art out of unusual things.
He has become well-known for his global museum exhibit that featured sculptures created completely out of Legos.
Pictured is Sawaya and his girlfriend, Courtney Simmons, standing by their own personal replicas Sawaya created. Sawaya has also created a working cello out of Legos, a Mount Rushmore replica, a Statue of Liberty replica.
View Sawaya's creations on his website, Brickartist.
Professional Lego artist Warren Elsmore created "Brick City," a series of models that include famous locations such as the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, Rome’s Colosseum and the Las Vegas strip.
This model in the set is St. Pancras Station in London. According to BBC, it's made of 150,000 bricks, and it took about two years of work, on and off. The rest of the exhibition required about six months of solid work.
The exhibition is at the Paisley Museum in the U.K. Nov. 8 - March 2, according to the renfrewshire.gov.uk website.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has 141 temples in operation around the world.
These buildings are sacred meetinghouses which only LDS Church members who meet certain qualifications can enter, but they serve as inspirational symbols for church members of all ages.
The Wilkey family (left) was so inspired by the temples that in October 2012 they began dedicating their Sunday evenings to creating Lego replicas of these icons, according to a Deseret News article.
The Wilkeys have built more than two dozen temples, and they share their creations on their blog, Build Ye in Holy Places and on Facebook.
Another LDS Lego enthusiast, Samuel Mirejovsky of Newport Beach, Calif., also put temple his construction skills to the test after a local Primary president asked him to build her a small replica in 2011.
Mirejovsky went above and beyond, delivering a 4-foot-by-4-foot model of the Bountiful Utah Temple made from 13,500 Legos, according to the Deseret News.
The 100-pound, 8-foot-tall statue made to look like a Legi man was found on Siesta Key beach in Sarasota, Fla.
According to the Associated Press, Legoland officials said the Lego man was a counterfeit and is not an official product of the company.
The statue was to remain in the of custody the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office until someone came to claim him.
Lego Architecture, a specific line of Lego products that celebrates architecture and construction, is Lego for grown-ups.
Sets include famous pieces of architecture like the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, the Guggenheim Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright’s "Fallingwater."