Happy 80th Birthday, Lego!

On this day all the way back in 1932, a little company we now know as Lego was born.

It's come a long way; what began as a small outfit building traditional wooden toys has transformed into one of the most popular and iconic brands in the world today, its trademark plastic bricks playing a big role in the childhoods of, well, just about everybody.

The video below is a cute little recap of the history of the company, posted today by LEGO in honour of the celebrations.

Also, in case you didn't know, we actually have a little section here on Kotaku devoted entirely to Lego. You can check it out here.


    Do I have to buy it a present?

    Happy Birthday Lego! Go get smashed.

    I hope you realise Lego stole the idea for lego from Hilary Page giving him absolutely no credit.
    He also created lots of todays famous toys and most people don't even know.
    He ended up killing himself, leaving his family shattered.

    A bit of info here:

      Aren't they the ones that were completely hollow underneath?

      The design of which Lego improved upon by adding those cylindrical pegs, thus making the pieces actually lock together properly.


        Still a complete rip off.

      If you'd actually read your own sources and paid attention to the detail in them, you'd know that he wasn't actually aware that he'd had his design stolen by Lego before killing himself, meaning that he probably killed himself because of something completely unrelated.

      In addition this was 80 years ago and you don't know the details on whether they "gave him credit" or not, because it was 80 years ago and details are scant. Don't judge when you scarcely have any idea what you're talking about.

      On another note, Lego provided me with endless hours of entertainment, not just because of the toys as a child but also Lego Racers, Lego Rock Raiders among other such amazing videogames. If they ripping off some guy is the reason that those hundreds of hours of entertainment were provided, then so be it. I don't care.

    Also that video is bullshit, Lego should be ashamed.

    how many of those years were spent ripping Australians off?

    Omg, that video. Why does the narrator sound like he's straight out of South Park?

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