Here at Retro-Now, we don’t just love retro gaming (which of course we do…a lot!) we love all things retro. For that reason, it would be very amiss of us not to recognise the birthday of possibly the most successful toy every created – LEGO.
It’s hard to imagine a world where parents fear for their safety when walking across the room; waiting for the excruciating pain that would result from carelessly dropped brick. We can all relate to that pain, we’ve all done it. Perhaps the most painful and coincidentally the most iconic of the LEGO bricks in the 2 x 4.
If you are a LEGO fan then you will know that the company had been making Automatic Binding Brick since the late 1940’s but it was on 28th January 1958 that LEGO brick as we know it today was first introduced. Since then, over 400 billion bricks in all sorts of shapes and colours have been produced – leading to the “fact” that there are LEGO bricks on the planet for everyone to own 62 of them. Just for fun, I tried to find the coolest LEGO kit that used exactly 62 pieces and I was not disappointed when I discovered the Final Joust kit.
For anyone who is near Manhatten today, head down to the intersection of 5th Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street in Manhattan. You will find a giant 2 x 4 brick made from 133,300 pieces and weighing over 1200 pounds (or 544Kg). Just be on the lookout, you don’t want to meet the person who can stand on that!
Happy Birthday LEGO.