LEGO minifigures turn 40 this year; the LEGO System A/S released a new collectible series to celebrate the occasion
LEGO changed our lives 60 years ago with its ground-breaking, interlocking plastic bricks. This year LEGO celebrates 60 years of brick building fun, and 40 years of LEGO minifigures.
The word "LEGO" is derived from the Danish words "leg godt" which means play well.
The small pieces of plastic construction toys were accepted by kids with great delight from the beginning. It also became popular among adults within a very short period of time.
However, in the 1970s The LEGO Group’s designers realized the constructions sets were incomplete without a key element: people. In 1978, designer Jens Nygaard Knudsen created the first LEGO minifigure- a grinning police officer dressed in a sticker uniform.
This was a revolution for the LEGO world. In the beginning a LEGO figure could only smile but with advancement of time, they can grimace, smirk and wink now. The minifigures come in different shapes and professions as well.
Stories of the construction toys were adapted into many films and TV shows over the years. LEGO superhero films are adored by the fans worldwide.
Based on the life of LEGO line construction toys, an animated 3D movie called “The Lego movie” was released in 2014.
LEGO fans also make stop motion films with LEGO minifigures. Bangladesh's first LEGO stop motion film was created by Zunayed Sabbir Ahmed in 2013.
LEGO has also launched series of Collectible Minifigures, featuring iconic movie characters and superheroes.
To mark the 40 years anniversary year, a new minifigure series was released in April.