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Everyone who grew up around lego toys know that they have been around a while. The Lego Group began in the carpentry workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, in Billund, Denmark In 1916. In 1932, Ole Kirk’s shop started making wooden toys such as piggy banks, pull toys, cars and trucks.
In 1934, Ole Kirk held a contest amongst his staff to name the company, offering a bottle of homemade wine as a prize. Christiansen was considering two names himself, “Legio” (with the implication of a “Legion of toys”) and “Lego”, a self-made contraction from the Danish phrase leg godt, meaning “play well.”
Later the Lego Group discovered that “Lego” can be loosely interpreted as “I put together” or “I assemble” in Latin. Ole Kirk selected his own name, Lego, and the company began using it on their products.
Following World War II, plastics became available in Denmark, and Lego purchased a plastic injection molding machine in 1947.
In 1999, Star Wars Lego and Winnie the Pooh Duplo were released. These were followed by characters from Harry Potter to figures from other Steven Spielberg movies.