History of Lego
The legendary building kit has existed for more than one hundred years. Have a look at its story.
 
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1932
 
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The origin of the company

Ole Kirk Christiansen founded a toy manufacturing company near the village of Billund in Denmark.

 
 
1934
 
The name LEGO (LEg GOdt)

In this year, the company got the name LEGO from the Danish Leg Godt (to play well). The company has 6-7 employees.

 
 
1942
 
A fire at the LEGO company

In this year, the LEGO factory burned down to the ground, but the production of wooden toys continued.

 
 
1947
 
The first plastic toys LEGO

LEGO was the first company in Denmark to buy a machine that manufactured plastic toys. The device cost 30 000 Danish crowns. The income of the company for that year was 250 000 Danish crowns.

 
 
1949
 
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The first LEGO brick

The LEGO company celebrates the creation of the first Automatic Binding Bricks (these were the predecessors of today's LEGO bricks). Their offer consists of nearly 200 different plastic and wooden toys. So far, they are only selling in Denmark.

 
 
1951
 
The first LEGO film

Director Christian Lund shot the first black and white, silent film on LEGO toys.

 
 
1954
 
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The creation of LEGO System

On his way to England, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen meets a sales agent on the plane. During their conversation, the agent starts thinking that LEGO lacks a system and ideas.

 
 
1956
 
The beginnings of a multinational company

The company sets up the first international salespoint in Germany (in they city of Hohenweted) and meanwhile produces their first truck.

 
 
1957
 
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1960
 
Another fire and the end of wooden LEGO toys

During another fire the company grounds, the warehouse with wooden toys was completely destroyed. This leads to an ending production of wooden toys.

 
 
1966
 
A record production

In the assortment are 57 LEGO building kits and 25 cars. During the whole year, 706 million LEGO units were produced.

 
 
1968
 
The first LEGOLAND

On the 7th of August 1968, the opening of the first LEGOLAND is celebrated in Billund. Only on the first day, it receives more than 3 000 people. In the entire first year, the attendance was over 625 000 visitors.

 
 
1969
 
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Creation of DUPLO
 
 
1970
 
1000 - a record number of employees

The central company has over 1000 employees.

 
 
1974
 
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The LEGO figure

A LEGO employee, Jens Nygaard Knuden, invented the LEGO mini-figure.

 
 
1975
 
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Expert Series

In the year 1975, LEGO revealed a new series of sets called the Expert Series, which is intended for proficient builders.

 
 
1989
 
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The First pirate ship

In the year 1989, LEGO invented and published the first Lego pirate ship, set 6285, named Black Seas Barracuda.

 
 
2011
 
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Museum of Bricks in Prague

In March 2011, the first private Museum of Bricks was opened in Prague.

 
 
2014
 
May - Museum of Bricks in Kutna Hora
December - Museum of Bricks in Spindleruv Mlyn
 
 
2015
 
February - Museum of Bricks in Liberec