Happy 50th Birthday, LEGO!
According to Gizmodo, today marks the bricks set’s 50th anniversary.
The LEGO brick turns 50 at exactly 1:58pm today, January 28 2008. This timeline shows these fifty years of building frenzy by happy kids and kids-at-heart, which started in 1947, when LEGO bought their first plastic injection machine, and took final form in 1958, when the final shape of the stud-and-tube brick was patented. Since then, LEGO sets have been going through dozens of iterations, from the younger version (Duplo) to the most sophisticated LEGO TECHNIC and LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, going through all the different themes of LEGOLAND and, for course, the most successful line of all times, LEGO Star Wars.
Moreover, I have found a community site for LEGO fanatics and set owners. They’re essentially building a huge catalog of LEGO sets from the 1960s! Below are some of the ones I own or I have owned.
|This was my first LEGO set. I remembered my parents gave it to me when I was still attending kindergarten. Though now incomplete – thanks to missing parts here and there – this set is now displayed inside a glass cabinet at my home.|
|This realistic-looking model of a chopper-carrying semi was given to me as a present from my parents for my being the best graduate in elementary school. I still have this one in prime condition, also inside the glass cabinet.|
|These are two of my three TECHNIC sets. Pretty neat huh? I also got a safari type chopper whose rotor blades can be rotated with a small wheel at the side. Too bad I can’t find it on the site.|