Founded in 1932 by a Danish carpenter,LEGO is still a family-owned company based in Billund,Denmark,though it's now the #1-selling toy company and most powerful brand in the world.
This page provides an overview of the major milestones along the company's long history of making toys,as well as a few important events in the history of the LEGO fan (AFOL) community.
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- Ole Kirk Christiansen (1891–1958) begins making wooden toys in his workshop in Billund,Denmark.
- Ole Kirk Christiansen names his company "LEGO",after the Danish phraseleg godt,which means "play well".
- LEGO begins producing its first plastic toys.
- LEGO produces an early version of the interlocking brick,a stacking brick made from cellulose acetate.
- January 28: Ole Kirk's son Godtfred Kirk Christiansen (1920-1995) patents the "stud and tube" interlocking brick.
- A fire destroys the wooden toy warehouse,and LEGO ceases production of wooden toys.
- LEGO begins selling toys in the United States and Canada through a licensing deal with Samsonite that lasted until 1972 (US) and 1986 (Canada).
- LEGO produces its first brick in acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).
- LEGO introducesModulexbricks targeted at adult builders.
- The LEGO Group spins off Modulex as its own company,targeting architects and industrial planners.
- LEGO releases its first train set.
- Legolandopens in Billund,Denmark.
- LEGO begins producing itsDUPLOline of larger bricks for toddlers.
- LEGO releases a 12-volt motor for its trains.
- LEGO launches the Minitalia line exclusively for the Italian market,with modified LEGO elements to accommodate strict Italian import laws.The line is discontinued in 1976.
- LEGO releases the 4.5-volt train series.
- LEGO moves its US headquarters to Enfield,Connecticut,where the company remains today.
- LEGO begins producingTechnicsets,with gears and other complex parts,aimed at older builders and adults.
- LEGO releases its first minifigure.
- LEGO launches the classicLEGO Spacetheme.
- LEGO releases the iconic "yellow castle" (375 Castle).
- LEGO launches theFabulandtheme,with anthropomorphic animal characters.
- LEGO launches Scala,a line of jewelry and accessories.
- LEGO launches LEGO Baby,later renamed Primo.
- LEGO launches the classicLEGO Castletheme,with Crusaders and Black Falcons factions.
- LEGO re-launches its Trains line,retaining the 4.5-volt motor system.
- LEGO releases the iconic monorail system.
- LEGO introduces the Forestmen faction to the classic LEGO Castle theme,continuing through 1990.
- LEGO introduces the Black Knights faction to the classic LEGO Castle theme,continuing through 1994.
- LEGO launches the classicLEGO Piratestheme,which continued through 1997,and then was re-launched in 2009 and 2015.LEGO Pirates minifigures are the first to have a variety of facial expressions.
- LEGO launches theModel Teamtheme of large-scale vehicles.
- LEGO re-launches its Trains line with the classic 9-volt motor system,including the transporter and speed regulator.The system allows LEGO train layouts to connect to power and operate without batteries.LEGO continues to release 9-volt trains and accessories through 2006.
- LEGO launches theParadisatheme.
- LEGO introduces the Wolfpack faction to the classic LEGO Castle theme,continuing through 1993.
- Imperial Guards in red coats replace the blue-coated Imperial Soldiers in the LEGO Pirates theme.
- LEGO opens its first brick-and-mortar store at the Mall of America in Bloomington,Minnesota.
- LEGO launches theIce Planet 2002theme as part of LEGO Space.
- LEGO introduces the Dragon Masters faction to the classic LEGO Castle theme,continuing through 1995.Dragon Masters included the first named minifig character,Majisto the wizard.
- LEGO fans on the very early Internet launch the rec.toys.lego (RTL) usenet newsgroup,which remains active until the launch of LUGNET in 1998.
- The Imperial Armada replaces the Imperial Guards in the classic LEGO Pirates theme.
- LEGO introduces the Islanders faction to the classic LEGO Pirates theme.
- LEGO launchesBelville.
- LEGO launches Aquazone,its first of many underwater themes.
- LEGO fan James Jessiman (d.1997) releases the first version of LDraw as an MS-DOS program.
- LEGO launches the Time Cruisers theme.
- LEGO launches theLEGO Westerntheme,continuing through 1997.
- LEGO launches Exploriens as part of LEGO Space.
- LEGO re-launches Scala,with large figures.
- LEGO launches the UFO theme as part of LEGO Space.
- LEGO launches the Divers underwater theme as part of the LEGO Town line.
- LEGO discontinues the classic LEGO Pirates theme.
- LEGO releases its first video games,LEGO IslandandLEGO Creatorfor PC.
- LEGO fans Huw Millington and Grahame Reid launch a LEGO set reference website (named Brickset in 1999 and moving to Brickset.com in 2000).
- LEGO launches theLEGO Adventurerstheme,which continues through the Orient Expedition sub-theme in 2003.
- LEGO launches theLEGO Ninjatheme as part of the LEGO Castle line.
- LEGO Mindstormsintroduced,developed in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab.
- LEGO releases ZNAP to compete with K'nex.The product line is canceled a year later.
- LEGO bricks inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
- LEGO fans Todd Lehman and Suzanne Rich launch LUGNET,a website for adult fans of LEGO.
- LEGO launchesLEGO Star Wars,the first licensed theme,which continues to this day.
- LEGO launches the Rockraiders underground theme.
- Legoland California opens in Carlsbad,United States.
- Dorling Kindersley releases its first LEGO-themed book,The Ultimate LEGO Book.
- LEGO fan Tim Saupé launchesFrom Bricks to Bothans(FBTB),a LEGO Star Wars fan community.Today,FBTB remains the longest continuously active LEGO community online.
- LEGO fan Kevin Loch launches Brickshelf.
- LEGO releases the LEGO Studios theme in partnership with director Steven Spielberg.
- LEGO fan Christina Hitchcock launchesBrickFestin Arlington,Virgina.The first LEGO convention,BrickFest runs through 2007,with a final BrickFest in 2009.
- LEGO fans Dan and Jennifer Boger launch Peeron.com,hosting set instruction scans and parts inventories.
- LEGO launches theLEGO Harry Pottertheme,which continues through 2007,and again between 2010 and 2012.
- LEGO launches the Jack Stone theme of simplified builds and larger figures.
- LEGO launches the Alpha Team theme.
- LEGO releases Mindstorms 2.0.
- LEGO launchesBionicle.
- LEGO fan Dan Jezek (1977-2010) launches LEGO resale and reference site BrickLink.
- LEGO launches the Island Xtreme Stunts theme,which continues through 2003.
- LEGO launches theGalidortheme of buildable action figures,accompanied by a live-action TV show.
- Members of the SEALUG LEGO club in Seattle,Washington hold the firstBrickConconvention.BrickCon continues to this day,and is the longest continuously running LEGO convention.
- Ace Kim takes over administration of From Bricks to Bothans from Tim Saupé,continuing to this day.
- LEGO launches the Orient Expedition theme within Adventurers,and discontinues further sets in the theme.
- LEGO launches CLIKITs,another jewelry and accessory system.
- Minifigures in licensed themes switch from yellow skin tones to more realistic colors in "light flesh" and "dark flesh".
- LEGO begins changing some of the colors used in its plastic.Affected colors include grays and browns.
- No Starch Press publishes its first LEGO books,Virtual LEGOby Tim Courtney (later head of the LEGO Ideas program) andGetting started with LEGO trainsby Jake McKee (later head of the LEGO Ambassador Program).
- A group of LEGO Castle fans from LUGNET launch the Classic-Castle.com community site.
- LEGO fan Sean Kenney (and later a LEGO Certified Professional) launches MOCPages.com.
- LEGO announces a massive loss in 2003 and hires Jørgen Vig Knudstorp as the first CEO not from the Christiansen family.
- LEGO releases LEGO Digital Designer (LDD),allowing builders to create virtual LEGO creations.
- A group of LEGO Space fans from LUGNET launch the Classic Space Forums community site.
- A group of LEGO fans in Europe launch the Eurobricks community forum site.
- LEGO launches theLEGO Vikingstheme.
- LEGO launches the Dino 2010 / Dino Attack theme.
- LEGO launches theExo-Forcetheme of anime-inspired mecha.
- The LEGO Ambassador Program begins,under the direction of Jake McKee.
- The LEGO Certified Professional program begins,based on a recommendation from Robin Sather,who becomes one of the first LCPs.
- LEGO kicks off the LEGO Factory program for designing and then purchasing custom LEGO sets.
- LucasArts and TT Games release their first LEGO Star Wars video game.
- The LEGO Group sues Canadian toy manufacturer Mega Bloks for trademark violation.LEGO loses the lawsuit at the Canadian Supreme Court in 2015.
- LEGO sells 70% of its stake in Legoland theme parks to Blackstone Group (parent company of Merlin Entertainment) for $460 million
- LEGO fan Andrew Becraft starts a blog called "Dunechaser's Blocklog".
- LEGO fan Joe Meno releases the first issue ofBrickJournalmagazine as a free online download.
- Mindstorms NXTreplaces Mindstorms 2.0.
- LEGO re-launches the Trains line (again),this time with battery packs (again) and wireless remote control.The replacement of the 15-year-old 9-volt train system raises a hue and cry among adult LEGO train enthusiasts.
- Josh Wedin joins Andrew Becraft and they re-launch Andrew's blog as The yabo娱乐Brothers Brick.Other contributors join,and they launch their own website at Brothers-Brick.com.
- Will Chapman founds BrickArms.
- LEGO launches the Aqua Raiders underwater theme.
- LEGO introducesPower Functionsmotors,sensors,and other battery-powered components.
- BrickJournalmagazine is acquired by TwoMorrows Publishing and goes to print after nine online issues.Editor-in-Chief Joe Meno remains at the helm.
- The firstBrickworldtakes place near Chicago,Illinois.
- Brickshelf.com administrator Kevin Loch announces that he isdiscontinuing support for the site,沉淀一个大规模移民到Flickr。Though Brickshelf comes back online a week later,the damage had been done and the LEGO building community remains primarily on Flickr to this day.
- LEGO launches theLEGO Indiana Jones theme,to accompany the fourth movie in the trilogy.LEGO continues to release Indiana Jones sets through 2009.
- LEGO launches theLEGO Agentstheme,which continues through 2009.
- LEGO partners with CUUSOO,a Japanese crowd-sourcing platform,to launch LEGO CUUSOO (later LEGO Ideas).
- A group of Spanish LEGO fans launchHispaBrick杂志,which continues as a free download to this day.
- The yabo娱乐Brothers Brick and other LEGO fan sites successfully advocate for LEGO torelease the Castle Advent Calendarin the United States.
- LEGO launches theLEGO Power Minersunderground theme,which continues through 2010.
- LEGO releases its first board games.
- LEGO launches theLEGO Atlantisunderwater theme.
- LEGO launchesLEGOPrince of Persiasets to accompany the Disney film.
- Bionicle discontinued after 9 years,to be replaced byHero Factory.
- LEGO and NetDevil release theLEGO Universemassively multiplayer online game after years of development delays.
- LEGO launches theNinjagotheme,which continues through at least 2017.
- LEGO launches theAlien Conquest theme.
- LEGO launches theLEGO Pirates of the Caribbeantheme to coincide with the fourth movie in the series.
- LEGO releases the first set sourced from LEGO CUUSOO in Japan,the deep-sea submarine 21100Shinkai 6500.
- LEGO opens the LEGO CUUSOO platform worldwide in anopen Beta program.
- LEGO releases the first set sourced from the global LEGO CUUSOO platform — the firstLEGO Minecraftset,designed by a trio of LEGO builders (including TBB Senior Editor Chris Malloy).
- LEGO launches the Marvel and DCSuperheroesthemes.
- LEGO launchesLEGO Friends,with new "minidolls" instead of traditional minifigures.
- LEGO discontinuesLEGO Universeafter commercial and critical failure.
- LEGO launches theLegends of Chimatheme with anthropomorphic minifigs.
- LEGO launchesLEGO Lone Rangersets to accompany the Disney film.
- Mindstorms EV3replaces Mindstorms NXT.
- One hundredth brick-and-mortar LEGO store opens in White Plains,New York.
- LEGO fan Tommy Williamson launchesBrickNerd,the second-best LEGO blog on the web.
- Korean game development company Nexon acquires BrickLink.
- LEGO resurrects the Agents theme with Ultra Agents.
- LEGO launches theMixelsline of buildable characters.
- LEGO launches theLEGO Disney Princesstheme,with LEGO Friends minidolls.
- LEGO ends its partnership with CUUSOO and relaunches its crowd-sourcing site as LEGO Ideas.
- Warner Bros.releasesThe LEGO Movie.The film goes on to earn $469.1 million globally at the box office with a 96% aggregated rating from Rotten Tomatoes,as well as BAFTA and Critic's Choice awards for Best Animated Film.
- LEGO introduces the Speed Champions line of collectible racing cars.
- LEGO re-launchesJurassic Park-themed LEGO sets to accompanyJurassic World.
- LEGO launches theLEGO Elvestheme,with LEGO Friends minidolls.
- LEGO launches the Scooby Doo theme.
- LEGO and TT Games release the "toys to life" video gameLEGO Dimensions.
- Bionicle resurrected.
- LEGO announces it willno longer release updatesto LEGO Digital Designer,but continues to release updates.
- LEGO announces thatBionicle will be discontinued againat the end of the year.
- LEGO releases a line of sets based onThe Angry Birds Movie.
- LEGO unveils theLEGO Boost (17101) robotics system,adding to the existing LEGO Mindstorms and Power Functions systems.
- LEGO introduces theBrickHeadz collectible charactersseries,following an early release to San Diego Comic-Con attendees in July 2016.
- LEGO and Warner Bros.releaseThe LEGO Batman Movie,accompanied by multiple waves of new LEGO sets.The movie grosses $312 million globally,with a 90% aggregated rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
- LEGO releases its largest set ever,the LEGO Star Wars set75192 Millennium Falconin the Ultimate Collector's Series.
- LEGO and Lin Pictures releaseThe LEGO Ninjago Movie,also supported by new LEGO sets.In contrast to the two previous LEGO movies,The LEGO Ninjago Movieonly earns $123 million globally with mixed reviews at 55% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- LEGO and Warner Bros.Interactive announce that they will no longer produce add-on material for theLEGO Dimensionsvideo game.
- LEGO unveils a new roller-coaster system with70922 Joker Manor,later expanded with the10261 Creator Expert Roller Coasterin 2018.
- LEGO releases its largest LEGO Ideas set ever,21311 Voltron,based on the 1980's animated television series.
- LEGO resurrects the Wizarding World theme with a new series ofLEGO sets from Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts,including new BrickHeadz characters and71043年霍格沃茨城堡,the second-largest LEGO set ever released.
- LEGO introduces the Powered Up system in LEGO City Trains,adding to LEGO Mindstorms,Power Functions,and Boost.
- LEGO releases its largest LEGO Technic set ever,42082 Rough Terrain Crane.
- LEGO releases a new Unikitty!theme based on a new animated television series.
- LEGO releases a Powerpuff Girls theme,based on the long-running animated TV show.
- LEGO celebrates the40th anniversary of the LEGO minifigure.