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Wooden Toys is the name retro-fitted to the very first LEGO toys to be created, thus making them the oldest theme. The first toy was made by hand in 1932, and was exclusive to the shop owned by the LEGO Creator, Ole Kirk Christiansen.

A wooden truck from 19321958

History and Sets

Beginnings of The LEGO Group

The LEGO Group began in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932. In 1934, his company came to be called LEGO[1], and expanded to producing plastic toys in 1940. In 1949, LEGO began producing the now famous interlocking bricks, calling them Automatic Binding Bricks. These bricks were based largely on the design of Kiddicraft Self-Locking Bricks, which were then released in the United Kingdom in 1947.

A profile of a LEGO duck

Products

A wooden LEGO duck

One of the first and best known products released by LEGO in the 1930's was the Wooden Duck. The duck was later remade in LEGO bricks as 2011 LEGO Duck. Another well known wood toy is Teddy Bill. However, there were many others.

Teddy Bill's truck

Horse and cart

These sets ended production in the 1960's.

End of Wood Toy manufacturing

As the plastic toys started gaining popularity in the mid-1950's, the production of wooden toys was scaled back. The few wood and plastic toys that remained were marketed under the name Bilofix in 1959 and all non-system toys were finally discontinued in 1960. On February 4, 1960, the LEGO department for wooden toy production was struck by lightning and burned down for the third time. After much consideration, it was decided to discontinue production of wooden toys and to concentrate solely on plastic toys. As a result, two of the brothers, Karl Georg and Gerhardt, decided to leave the LEGO company and start their own separate business, called BILOfix. LEGO had produced at least several hundred different wooden toys and plastic toys designs since 1932. In their 28 years of production, none of the wooden toys were ever sold outside of Denmark.

Legacy

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At the time, the distinguishing feature of the wooden toys was their high quality. The need for only the best is still found even in today's LEGO sets. The LEGO Duck, in particular, is a symbol of the LEGO company's early years. The wooden toys are displayed in toy museums.

List of Wooden Toys

O. K. Christiansen (1932 - 1934)

  • 101 - bus large
  • 102 - bus small
  • 103 - bus small
  • 104 - truck
  • 105 - truck
  • 106 - truck
  • 107 - fire truck with ladder
  • 108 - fire truck with hose
  • 109 - crane truck
  • 110 - sport car
  • 111 - race car
  • 112 - train large
  • 113 - road roller
  • 114 - tram
  • 115 - airplane
  • 116 - ferry
  • 117 - ambulance small
  • 118 - ambulance large
  • 119 - locomotive small
  • 120 - railroad cars
  • 121 - piggy bank
  • 122 - piggy bank

LEGO (1934-1960)

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
Woodtruck6.jpg662/1Wooden Truck 6  1950
Kuikens.jpg6/1Chicken (ælling)1 before 1950
Tekkel.jpg6/2Dog (Hund)1 before 1950
Kip.jpgS/8Chicken (Høne)1 before 1950
26.) Pulltoy CAT.jpgS/8Cat (Medium)1 Mid 1930's - Late 1950's
Lam.jpgS/8Wooden Lamb1  
Terrier2.jpgS/9Terrier (Hund)1 before 1950
Duck 1950.jpgS/9Wooden duck1 before 1950
Horse 1950.jpgS/9Wooden horse1 before 1950
1947Rooster.jpgS/16LEGO Rooster1 1947
Wooden lego elephant.jpgS/16Wooden Elephant1 before 1950
Wood 1945 autopistB.jpgHalvautomatiskLegetöjspistol1 19451949
No imageBILOfixBILOfix   
Pullgoat.jpgLEGO"Clumsy Hans"1 1936
SmallCat.jpgLEGOCat (Small)1 Mid 1930's - Late 1950's
1940CoveredTruck.jpgLEGOCovered Truck1 1940
Wooden-duck.jpgLEGODuck1 1935
Cart.jpgLEGOMetal Buggy1  
1946Monkey.jpgLEGOMonkey1 1946
1940Truck.jpgLEGOPlank-side Truck1 1940
No imageLEGOPony and Trap   
1949Tractor.jpgLEGOTractor1 1949
1935Train.jpgWoodenTrain3 1935
Bike-2.jpgMetalBike with Rubber Wheels1  
Teddybill.jpgTeddyIn A Cart1 1950-1954
Wood- Wooden Abacus.jpgWoodenAbacus1 1949
COW big.jpgWoodenCow1  
Wooden lego croc.jpgWoodenCrocodile1 ?
Eend oud.jpgWoodenDuck1  
Milchkutsche.jpgWoodenHorse with milkcart1  
Fyrfryyu.jpgWoodenLEGO Cat1 1930-1940
Wooden lemming.jpgWoodenLemming1  
No imageWoodenPig   
WoodenPluto.jpgWoodenPluto   
Woodsoldier.jpgWoodenRingfigure   
Woodtruck.jpgWoodenTruck 11 19321940
Woodtruck2.jpgWoodenTruck 21 1930–1940
Woodtruck3.jpgWoodenTruck 3  1930–1940
Woodtruck4.jpgWoodenTruck 4  1930–1940
Woodtruck5.jpgWoodenTruck 5  1930–1940
Woodtruck7.jpgWoodenTruck 7  1930–1940
Woodtruck8.jpgWoodenTruck 8  1930–1940
Woodtruck9.jpgWoodenTruck 9  1930–1940
Ииииииии.jpgWoodenTruck Bus  1930-1940
Cadilac.jpgYellowChevrolet "Bel Air"1 1957
No image100Wooden sailship1 1935-1951
500 LEGO Klodser - Original Edition.jpg500LEGO Klodser  1948
LEGO Yo-Yo.pngYo-YoYo-Yo1 1932
No imageWoodenClothes hangers1 before 1946


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