Lego's Humble Beginnings
Founded in 1932, Lego began in a small Danish carpentry workshop by Ole Kirk Christiansen. Originally, Lego produced wooden toys, not the iconic bricks we know today.
Meaning Behind the Name
The name 'Lego' is derived from the Danish words 'leg godt,' meaning 'play well.' It's also coincidentally fitting in Latin, meaning 'I put together.'
Introduction of Plastic Bricks
The transition to plastic bricks happened in 1947. Lego purchased a plastic injection-molding machine, which was a novel technology at the time.
The Brick Design Patent
In 1958, the modern Lego brick design was patented. This new design offered a unique locking ability, which increased the stability of constructed models.
Global Expansion Begins
By the 1960s, Lego expanded internationally, establishing an office in Switzerland, followed by global reach into the US, UK, and Germany.
Lego Minifigure Invention
In 1978, Lego introduced the Minifigure, adding a human element to Lego sets. Initially, they had a few facial expressions and colors but have evolved significantly.
Evolving Beyond Toys
Lego has grown into a diverse brand, including movies, games, competitions, and even educational platforms, leveraging the power of play to facilitate learning.