A Brief History of LEGOs

In 1932 Ole Kirk Christiansen, master carpenter and joiner in the village of Billund, Denmark, sets up business. In 1934 the company and its products now take on. In 1947 the LEGO Company is Denmark’s first to buy a plastic injection-molding machine for making toys. In 1949 the company produces about 200 different plastic and wooden toys, including Automatic Binding Bricks, a forerunner of the LEGO bricks we know today the name LEGO.

In 1955 after further developing the LEGO Bricks, the company launches the revolutionary “LEGO System of Play”: 28 sets and 8 vehicles. It also sells supplementary elements. In 1958 the current LEGO stud-and-tube coupling system is invented and patented. The new coupling principle makes models much more stable.


Introduced in the United States in 1962, the first LEGOs came in loose sets of bricks. By 1966, however, LEGO kits were guiding young hard hats in snapping together all kinds of buildings, trucks, planes, and ships. The LEGO Group expanded its audience with the 1969 addition of the DUPLO line of big bricks for preschoolers and, in 1977, the TECHNIC line of sophisticated projects for older kids and teens. Within the last decade, an active online community of LEGO fans has developed new designs and drawing programs in which new constructions can be recorded. In 1998, LEGO introduced LEGO SCALA Planet, a kit specially designed for girls that combines the company’s traditional construction elements with a family of dolls and fashion accessories, a magazine, and an interactive Web site. In the spirit of the times, LEGO promised that its bricks would “develop the child’s critical judgment, manual dexterity, and ability to think for himself.”  It’s no accident that the words “LEGO” and “imagination” often pop up together. The bright, colorful plastic bricks can be joined in countless combinations and have been a favorite with kids, parents, and teachers since their introduction in 1958. Unlike Erector Sets and Tinkertoys, which appeal more to older children, LEGO bricks are loved by builders of all ages, even infants more interested in knocking down than in building.


Some different themes of LEGOs would be LEGO City, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Harry Potter, though they don’t sell them anymore, LEGO Racers, LEGO Spiderman, and LEGO Indiana Jones just to name a few. Some DUPLO products include Bob the Builder, Winnie the Pooh, and others. These are examples of few themes that exist or have existed in the past out of many more themes of LEGO. Another theme called LEGO Mindstorms introduced robotic parts, which worked with LEGOs. Some themes were aimed towards girls. These products include Bellville and Clickits. Other themes used more mechanical parts, like Bionicle and TECHNIC.


Although LEGOs may seem like they are for kids, they are for all ages. LEGO TECHNIC and Mindstorms are for older kids and DUPLO for little LEGOs are fun for everyone! You can build your own designs with your own LEGOs, online with LEGO Digital Designer, or you can follow the instructions for perfect sets.


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