Aug
27
2008

The original Minifig: mocked horribly by later generations of minifigures, but, fortunately, incapable of feeling emotion of any kind.
The original Minifig: mocked horribly by later generations of minifigures, but, fortunately, incapable of feeling emotion of any kind.Courtesy Wakuran
I'm a couple days late here, but it's time we recognized the Lego minifigure's 30th birthday.

That's right—on August 25th, 1978, Lego introduced the little yellow Lego guy. Lego had been manufacturing plastic interlocking bricks since 1949, allowing children across the world to practice engineering without realizing that they shouldn't be having fun, but it wasn't until 78 that they sold a little human like thing to enjoy our Lego creations.

Technically there were minifigures available in 1974, but the were faceless, armless pylon-men, and they couldn't enjoy anything. 1978 brought the lovable little man we know today.

Wired's piece on the birthday features this epic video embed:

And, yes, that does make me want to buy a bunch of Lego friends, and have a party for the 20th century, but I thought I'd leave you with a different, though no less triumphant, Lego celebration. Enjoy.

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Gene says:

And that was the beginning of the end. Back in my day, when you bought a set of Lego Blocks, you got just that -- a bunch of generic blocks in assorted sizes, which you could use to build anything you could imagine. Lotsa luck with that today. Nowadays, kids get these Lego "sets" with custom pieces, illustrations and, worst of all, instructions to build one thing and one thing only. No imagination required.

And stay off my lawn.

posted on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 11:35am

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