LEGO Predecessors, Compared

LEGO Predecessors, Compared

Video: The history of building brick toys goes way back and as Jangbricks’ video shows, LEGO was actually quite late to the party. Some of these proto-LEGO bricks were hollow on the inside, and the truly early ones were made of compressed wood and even rubber. Still, not too much different from LEGO bricks, just a bit simpler, since injection moulding machines didn’t really exist in 1940.

Jangbricks has a nice collection (no clay bricks from antiquity though) of all these old toys, and not just compares them to modern-day LEGO, but tries to do some custom builds.


  • The first is not always the best. Building on predecessors with new ideas is basically what happens everywhere. Most successful PC OS, most successful smartphones ecosystem, most successful cars and on and on

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