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The origin of Lego
Lego blocks originated in Billund, Denmark in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen who began making wooden toys in 1932. Two years later he named his company LEGO after the Danish phrase leg godt ‘play well’.
In 1949 Lego produced its first plastic brick which took a while to catch on as people preferred wooden or metal toys. After several years of refining the product, the plastic LEGO bricks became widely popular throughout Europe.
The first Legoland theme park opened in Billund, Denmark in 1968. Additional parks were later established in other locations internationally including Legoland Windsor in the UK in 1996.
Duplo was introduced in 1969 for younger children so they could share the fun of building with Lego blocks. Then, in 1977, Lego Technic was developed as an Expert builder series of models that didn’t just use bricks and often featured motorised parts. In 1978 the now familiar little yellow mini-figure was first created.
Lego also branched out into computer games and films featuring their popular mini-figures and in 2014 released The Lego Movie starring Emmet and his theme song “Everything is Awesome!“. The film went on to gross over $468 million worldwide.
Lego has been a popular addition to children’s Christmas wishlists for many years with sets now linked to popular franchises such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel, and Disney. But in recent years Lego have evolved from just being a children’s toy, to specifically targeting AFOL’s (Adult Fans of Lego).
Currently the largest set on sale is the Lego Art World Map at over 11,000 pieces, followed by the Eiffel Tower at over 10,000 pieces and standing 1.5m tall. Lego has also introduced a range of botanical sets where you can build plants and flowers such as Succulents, Orchids, Roses, and Daffodils (buy Lego botanical sets from Amazon*) to decorate your home.
The future is certainly bright with new sets being created every year to challenge both children and adults and you can even celebrate World Lego Day on 28th January, when everything is truly awesome!
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