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The company that was destined to become Lego started life as being a small workshop that produced wooden toys.
The name ‘Lego’ was adopted in 1934, coming from the Danish phrase ‘leg godt’, which means ‘play well’.
It wasn’t until 1947 that they started producing plastic toys, with the first version of the now infamous interlocking bricks coming in 1949.
Despite variation in the design and purpose of individual pieces over the years, each remains compatible in some way with previous pieces.
So you could have a Lego set from 1958 and it would still be completely compatible with a modern set.
Nowadays, Lego makes a vast range of toys for all ages, as well as teaching materials for children, which are distributed in over 130 countries. The company has approximately 10,000 employees and is the world's third largest manufacturer of play materials.