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Monday, January 28, 2008

LEGO building blocks are 50 years old today!

It was fifty years ago today in Copenhagen, Denmark, at 1:58 p.m. local time on January 28, 1958, that Godtfred Kirk Christiansen - the head of a toy company called LEGO - filed the patent paperwork for a plastic building block with a "stud and hole" design.

And since then there have been enough LEGO bricks manufactured that they could build ten towers stretching from the Earth to the Moon.

Celebrate LEGO's anniversary by finding more amazing facts about the classic toy here.

By the way, I will admit to being a life-long LEGO Maniac. When I was a kid I had so many LEGO bricks, that my Mom gave me this big suitcase to put them all in. I still have it too. My most recent LEGO purchase was the new Indiana Jones "motorcycle chase" set that I got at the LEGO Outlet at Discover Mills Mall near Atlanta a month ago. Probably my favorite LEGO model is a tie between the Millennium Falcon (the second version) and the AT-AT from the Star Wars series.

Now if only Lisa would let me get the big Millennium Falcon LEGO set - the one that costs five hundred bucks - I would be in Nirvana :-)

Anyhoo... Happy Birthday LEGO!


qemuel said...

Happy birthday, LEGO!

I have few sets, and were I more wealthy would have tons more. My roommate collects Star Wars Original Trilogy sets, and has an entire large metal shelf dedicated to them (very impressive to behold, lemme tell ya; even non-LEGO kids go "Ow." and "Ah.").

He has the newer AT-AT set that walks, which is pretty neat-o. I've been trying to convince him that he cannot live without the HUGE Millennium Falcon set as well.

I'm thinking my b-day present to myself this year will be the real nice $100 Darth Vader TIE Fighter.

:) I can dream...