If you’ve never heard of Lego before it’s quite possible that you’ve been living in a cave somewhere extremely remote for your whole life.
Let’s face it, Lego is one of those toys that almost everyone has owned at some point or another. These fantastic brightly coloured plastic blocks let us set our imaginations free building all manner of different constructions from towers and castles to cars and houses with little people in them.
It’s hard to imagine a world without Lego... generation after generation have fallen in love with this simple yet intricate toy that lets children and adults be creative together.
But with over 200 million sets sold each year in over 100 countries – where did it all start? Well, the legendary Lego began in 1932 when a Danish master carpenter and joiner by the name of Ole Kirk Chrisiansen set up in business making stepladders, ironing boards and wooden toys. Two years later the name “Lego” was chosen for the company which was formed from the Danish words “LEg GOdt” which means “play well”.
Coincidentally in Latin the word means “I study” or “I put together” – pretty fortunate coincidence there isn’t it! After a brief setback in 1942 when a fire burnt the entire Lego factory to the ground Lego became the first company in Denmark to buy a plastic injection moulding machine for toy making. This was very innovative at the time and set them well ahead of the competition as a toy making leader.
In 1951 the familiar Lego bricks that we have all come to know and love came into being and Lego released 28 sets and 8 vehicles with extra parts signalling a revolution in the toy industry. A legend was born!
Today Lego has diversified into all kinds of different areas – there are giant blocks for toddlers, tiny branded blocks like “Toy Story” and even a “Star Wars” lego film!
What does the future hold for Lego I wonder?