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:

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.