Legos: Facts, History And Trivia About The Universal Building Toy

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Left: Medieval-themed Lego set from 1979, complete with jousting knights, nobility, and guards, one of the first minifigure packages. Right: Dagny Holm, niece of Ole Kirk Christiansen and arguably the first master builder. Source: Lego.com

Legos are everywhere. At this point, several generations of people all over the world have grown up building things out of Lego bricks, and the toys have evolved. Once upon a time, the bricks were all basic squares or rectangles of bright plastic. Specialized pieces were introduced; minifigures were introduced, gears and pulleys and motors were introduced -- today, industrious builders can create a scale model of just about anything from Legos, or design completely new structures.