So Google tells me today is the 50th birthday of the Lego brick. I think Google’s coolness factor just went up a half a notch. Most people, including myself, would have blown by this Monday completely unaware that today was a landmark day. In fact, I claim that Lego is the most important toy of all time. Period.
Lego is truly the toy that everyone can enjoy. Lego knows no gender and no age. There are only a handful of other toys that can make that claim that also deliver the goods when it comes to fun. I think everyone I know has played and enjoyed Lego at some point in there life. Lego bricks are the one thing that I can still enjoy as an adult and not get made fun of…if anything, people want to join in. It’s shame we all don’t have more Legos to play with – they’re a great desk toy and great and getting out those left over creative juices.
I probably “wasted” more time with Legos as a child than any other toy, including my GI Joes and quite possibly video games (up to a point). Legos could become anything. They were medieval castles, spaceships, fire engines, racecars….you name it, it could be made from Legos. Frankly, I think an office set made of Legos would be really cool. I think an entire wall of Lego base would be awesome too. You could do all sorts of stuff with it.
I’m sure you don’t need any more convincing that Lego is the ultimate tool, but one of the most popular articles here at the Toast is the one I wrote about the Lego catapult I built at my last job. People are seemingly fascinated by how it works and that Lego could do more than just make a fort or spaceship. I must admit, shy of the 3-foot spaceship I made when I was in grade school, the catapult is my greatest Lego accomplishment.
So if you don’t have at least a small pack of Lego at home or at work – shame on you – walk your ass to Target and plop down the $10 to buy even the simplest set. Get the car that looks cool, or the pirate ship with the shark. It doesn’t matter. But it and build away…I recommend using the model sheet first, then making your own creations.
Lego. Denmark’s great gift to the world. Thanks, Denmark.
Some happy Lego links to brighten your day – enjoy.