Lego at Age 90: A Brick-by-Brick Look Back in Time


Happy 90th birthday, Lego!

On Aug. 10, the venerable brick company celebrated nine decades of captivating the imaginations of kids, adults and collectors alike.

The story of Lego begins in 1932 in the Danish wood toy workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen. The company expanded into plastic toys by 1947 and introduced its interlocking bricks two years later. Back then they were called “automatic binding bricks.” “Lego” is a play on the Danish phrase “leg godt,” which means “play well.”

Lego expanded with the Duplo brand in 1969 and rolled out its first Minifigs nine years later in 1978. They’ve been cruising ever since, branching out with franchise licensing featuring the likes of Star Wars, Harry Potter and Marvel and lots, lots (so many) more.

You’ll find more than 6,700 Lego items on hobbyDB with more arriving every day. We thought we’d take a trip through time and look at the evolution of one the most iconic toy brands in history.

 

Lego Through the Years

 

1940s

Lego Passenger Wagon

 

1950s

Brick 2×3 Slotted (1950)

 

Brick 4×4 Corner Slotted (1954)

 

VW Beetle (Large) (1957)

 

Lego System Catalog Germany (1958)

 

1960s

House with Garage (1964)

 

Train – Lego’s First Train Set (1964)

 

Mercedes Shell Tanker (1966)

Lego

1970s

Vintage Car

 

Basic Set (1973)

 

Girl Minifig

 

Go-Kart (1978)

 

Astronaut – White (1979)

 

1980s

Starfleet Voyager (1981)

 

Airport (1985)

 

Technic Figure (1986)

 

1990s

Whirl and Wheel Super Truck (1990)

 

Skeleton (1995)

 

Gas N’ Wash Express (1992)

 

Scout Trooper (1999)

 

2000s

Slave I (2000)

Lego

 

Dragon (2001)

 

The Durmstrang Ship (2005)

Street Bike

 

2010s

Birds (2015)

 

Mercedes AMG Petronas Team Gift (2017)

 

Old Fishing Store (2017)

 

Voltron (2018)

 

Today

Death Star

 

Hogwarts Express Collector’s Edition (2022)

 

Jake Sully and his Avatar (2022)

 

Titanic (2021)

 

 

What type of Legos do you collect and build? We not only want to hear, we want to see! Show us your favorite Lego builds by sharing below or at support@hobbydb.com and we’ll feature them in a future blog post!

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
4 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Karl
Karl
1 month ago

Nice look back in time! Thanks for all the decades! I do love those old model cars and trucks from the 1950-60s!

Isaac Nelson
Admin
Isaac Nelson
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

I do, too! LEGO and VWs are two of my oldest passions, going all the way back before I can even remember. I have a few of their 1/87 scale VW models, but I need to add a large scale one to my collection someday. They’re very rare and expensive, though 😣

Denise
Denise
1 month ago

I was all about the Classic Space sets as a kid. Now I mostly collect the minifigs (superhero, Star Wars and Harry Potter). I’ll have to post some pictures of those but I built the Star Wars Boba Fett helmet last night – so here’s a picture of that!

IMG_0659.jpeg
Joschik
Admin
1 month ago

My favorite model and the Holy Grail of vintage Lego collectibles is this one. Read the back story!

Lego_20Pick_20up_20Nigerian_20Advertising_20Model.jpeg
4
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x