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The History of Legos November 3, 2017

It’s hard to imagine any kid throughout history, or even prehistory for that matter, who did not have a toy to play with. One of the oldest toys ever discovered was a 4,000-year-old doll discovered on the Italian Island of Pantelleria. A board game, called Senet, has also been recorded in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics over 4,000 years ago.

Children’s toys start out as the things they love, and over time they become this nostalgic thing that takes the person, as an adult, back to memories of a simpler time and a happy place. People can tell you what their favorite toy was when they were little and some of them may have even kept them. One of the most famous toys of all time is Legos.

Legos are a staple in any child’s toy chest, regardless of whether they are a girl or a boy, and millions of children around the world have a love of this timeless building block. Some adults still build with Legos as fun with their kids or for the therapeutic quiet time with a Lego Set. Lego Ways is a great place for great Lego ideas for adults and kids. Legos are one of those timeless toys that everyone knows and loves. Legos had a meager beginning that continues as Legos are one of the most popular and well-known toys of all time.

Where Did Legos Come From?

Legos have a meager and simple beginning by an inventive man with time on his hands. Legos were the creation of a wonderful carpenter turned toy maker. Ole Kirk Kristiansen was a master carpenter in post WWI Denmark. He began to create wonderful wooden toys, and other wooden commodities. After a major factory fire in 1942, the Lego company was only able to resume making wooden toys to save the business. From these simple beginnings, the creation of the Lego Company began, and Lego expanded into the plastic toy industry in 1947.

The word Lego comes from the Danish phrase, “leg godt,” which translates to “play well,” and was later found to mean “I put together” in Latin. The company started out making different types of toys but later on they went exclusively to making the famous brick. The Lego bricks, as we all know it, came into existence in 1958.Throughout the 1960’s, the Lego company expanded to having factories all over the world. The company has been passed down from father to son, for over 80 years, and it is now run by the grandson of Ole Kristiansen, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen.

The rest is history. Legos evolved over time to stay current in the ever-changing world in which we live. One thing that Lego did well was to adapt to their ever-changing market, as we all know how finicky children can be. Lego created something that children for over 80 years love playing with Legos and using their imaginations to create incredible feats of basic engineering.

Lego Achievements

You don’t stick around for more than 80 years, as a successful company, without leaving behind a legacy of being one of the greatest toys ever. Lego has spread the love of building blocks all over the world, with more than 320 billion blocks floating around the toy chests of the world. Lego has been named as Toy of the Century two different times in its’ history. Not only has Lego stayed relevant in today’s everchanging world, they have also expanded their horizons to further their company, and their brand.

Lego toys are synonymous with Christmas and birthday presents, but now Lego is so much more than that. Aside from the usual Lego set, Lego has made its’ way into Hollywood and has etched itself out a nice corner in history. Under the Lego brand, there have been a plethora of feature films, straight to DVD films, TV series’, and short films, the first one in 1951. Children dress up as the different Lego Ninjago characters for Halloween. Lego has, also, created sets to reflect pairings with popular cartoons, like Scooby Doo and Batman. They have Lego clothes, shoes, hats, and other apparel as well. Lego has made sure to capitalize on their continued popularity and has continued to expand the reach and success of the brand.

Final Words

Legos are one of those toys that could be considered an iconic American toy. There probably isn’t a person in the US that doesn’t know what a Lego is. Not for nothing, but the Lego company must know what they are doing to create this type of lasting legacy. Legos have become something that people pass down from parent to child. My mother kept all of my little brother’s Legos, because they were his favorite toy, and now my two sons play with the same Legos that my little brother played with as a kid. These types of stories are what makes a toy so much more than a toy, it becomes a memory of simple happiness.

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