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The Origin Story – How was LEGO made?

Team StoryWeavers|April 21, 2020, 09:24 IST| 149

Little Binnie was all set on her little bed, eagerly waiting for her dad to knock at the door. It was half-past nine, and as the tiny clock kept ticking on her study table, Binnie’s excitement grew, her lips trembling with eager anticipation. Her dad would arrive any minute now. Finally, she heard it. 

“Little Binnie, are you up for a story?”

She sat up straight, eyes wide with rapt attention. Oh, how she waits for these stories every night from her dad! 

“What story would it be tonight dad?”

“Well, today, I’ll tell you about LEGO.”

“LEGO? The little building blocks I play with every day?” 

“Yes, Bennie, that’s right. LEGO has a wonderful history. Did you know that the name is older than these plastic bricks?”

First version LEGO wooden duck

First version LEGO wooden duck

It started way back in 1932 when a skilled and hardworking carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen came up with a unique idea. Living in Billund, a little town in Denmark along with his four sons, Ole made tiny little toys for his sons. These little toys would range from wooden ducks, cars, walking puppies to yo-yos. Looking at their joy, Ole soon started selling his toys to nearby shops. But there was a problem with that! 

Although Ole was a great craftsman, who had an eye for detailing, he was bad at marketing his toys. One of his sons, Godtfred, started helping him and together, they managed to keep up with their growing business. 

Time passed by, and Ole wanted to coin a perfect name for his toy company.  He took inspiration from the phrase “leg godt,” which in Danish means ‘play well’. But Ole was looking for a shorter name, which would be easy for everyone to remember. He finally named his company ‘LEGO’, an abbreviation for ‘Leg Godt’.

One stormy night, a fire broke in their storehouse, destroying all the toys, artworks and designs. This made Ole very sad, as he helplessly saw all his hard work reduce into ashes in seconds. He almost lost his company, but he never lost hope. Soon, along with Godtfred, they built a new factory, much bigger and stronger than the previous one. Slowly and steadily, the company began to run smoothly, and both Ole and his son began to look for new challenges for their wooden toys.

A walk to a machine demonstration in Copenhagen introduced Ole to the plastic injection moulds for toy making. He saw this as a great opportunity for the LEGO Group and purchased the moulding machine. Soon, he started moulding teddy bears and other toys. By 1949, his company launched its first building set – Automatic Binding Bricks.

The famous three-generation picture of Ole Kirk Christiansen, his son Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, and his grandson Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen

The famous three-generation picture of Ole Kirk Christiansen, his son Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, and his grandson Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen

By now, LEGO was already a household name. But Godtfred had bigger plans. He felt LEGO needed a system that would encourage children to think creatively, build their imagination, and prepare them for life. The following year, the company launched its now world-famous LEGO ‘System in Play’. With this, children got an opportunity to explore their imagination and come up with their designed houses, rockets, and ships. In 1958, Godtfred took it one step further. He modified the plastic bricks in a way that they could be linked with each other in countless combination.

Google doodle for 50th anniversary of Lego

DID YOU KNOW?

Google’s first-ever server was housed in an enclosure made of LEGOs. Google paid its tribute to LEGO with this iconic doodle to celebrate 50 years of LEGO.

By 1961, LEGO decided to produce only plastic bricks and expand its business to many other countries. Godtfred came up with a marvellous idea to sell his toys to the whole world. He built the Billund Airport in Denmark and established a private 800-meter long runway and hangar north of his factory in Billund. Soon he expanded that and made a whole LEGO-themed amusement park in 1968. It was a huge success, with 600,000 guests in the very first year!

“Wow!” Binnie exclaimed! “This is incredible. I didn’t know that LEGO bricks had such an amazing history”. She turned towards the tiny LEGO house she had built that morning and smiled.

Well, that was the Origin Story of LEGO. The sole idea behind these tiny bricks is to encourage everyone to expand their imagination, experience, and express their idea of the world. 

Did you like reading the Origin Story of how LEGO came to be? Stay tuned as we take you to yet another intriguing story under our new series – The Origin Story – next month.

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About the Author


Books are Tanaya Goswami’s first love and cheesecakes come a close second. Talking about movies, music, calligraphy, politics, and Elon Musk will get you listed under the friends’ section of her diary. Ever since moving on from her job as an English lecturer, she spends her time at BYJU’S crafting stories filled with emotion and sprinkled with sarcasm. Outside of work, she’s either learning something new (French, most recently!) or is curled up with a book and a cup of coffee. She firmly believes that discovering what you don’t know is the key to knowledge and is constantly working towards improving herself. Drop in a line at [email protected] if you liked her stories, have something nice to say, or if you have compelling ideas to share!

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March 20, 2020

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March 20, 2020

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March 21, 2020

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March 23, 2020

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March 25, 2020

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March 25, 2020

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March 27, 2020

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March 29, 2020

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April 16, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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April 23, 2020

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April 23, 2020

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April 23, 2020

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April 23, 2020

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April 23, 2020

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April 23, 2020

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April 23, 2020

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I’m eagerly waiting for another intriguing story
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April 24, 2020

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April 24, 2020

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April 24, 2020

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April 24, 2020

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April 25, 2020

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April 25, 2020

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April 25, 2020

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Ankita Aich

April 25, 2020

I understand it that “Ole think his toys
were fried in seconds after that but he
don’t lost its hope ” And I think that
We also should not lose our hope. ?


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April 26, 2020

I love to read story books. Unloved reading the amazing story behind the world.


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April 26, 2020

It seems intersting to know more about lego.??


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April 26, 2020

A big fan of Lego blocks made different types of engin with these blocks as they are many favourites.Thomas the tank engine.


miss aastha patel

April 27, 2020

wow! I didn’t know Lego had a big history


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April 28, 2020

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April 28, 2020

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April 28, 2020

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SUPERB!


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April 29, 2020

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April 30, 2020

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April 30, 2020

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May 1, 2020

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May 9, 2020

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May 11, 2020

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May 17, 2020

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May 19, 2020

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May 19, 2020

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May 19, 2020

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May 20, 2020

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May 21, 2020

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May 25, 2020

Wow, what a wonderful story of LEGO. It was really nice and interesting ??


Anish ganesh

May 25, 2020

Wow?.This is the best origin story I have ever heard and I love Lego. Because we can make anything from its bricks ?.I am so excited to read another origin story.

Thank you
?✌️


Prachi

May 26, 2020

It was really nice reading such an epic story about determination and hard work


Lakshita Rana

May 30, 2020

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It was really interesting and
Informative…..


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May 30, 2020

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June 2, 2020

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June 5, 2020

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June 12, 2020

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June 13, 2020

??????


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June 14, 2020

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Neeraja

June 20, 2020

Wow , I just love Lego. Just like Binnie , I didn’t know that Lego had such an amazing history. I am really looking forward for the next set of these amazing stories


Satwik Singh

June 21, 2020

I have lego as it is so difficult to make it


B.Venu Sudarshan

July 27, 2020

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July 29, 2020

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Deva

August 1, 2020

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August 8, 2020

Wow this is amazing ???????


Siddhi Arun Kadam

August 19, 2020

It’s inspiring.


Siddhi Arun Kadam

August 19, 2020

I love it. That’s so interesting. Really.


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