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Wooden Toys is the name retrofitted 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 1960s.

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 4 February 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 museums.

List of Wooden Toys

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
Woodtruck6.jpg662/1Wooden Truck 6  1950
Kip.jpgChicken(Høne)1  
Kuikens.jpgChicken(ælling)1  
Tekkel.jpgDog(Hund)1  
Wood 1945 autopistB.jpgHalvautomatiskLegetöjspistol1 19451949
No imageBILOfixBILOfix   
Pullgoat.jpgLEGO"Clumsy Hans"1 1936
Иииииииииии.jpgLEGOCat (Large)1 Mid 1930's - Late 1950's
26.) Pulltoy CAT.jpgLEGOCat (Medium)1 Mid 1930's - Late 1950's
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
Horsecarriage2.jpgLEGOPony and Trap  1937
1947Rooster.jpgLEGORooster1 1947
1949Tractor.jpgLEGOTractor1 1949
1935Train.jpgWoodenTrain3 1935
Bike-2.jpgMetalBike with Rubber Wheels1  
Teddybill.jpgTeddyIn A Cart1 1950-1954
Terrier2.jpgTerrier(Hund)1  
Wood- Wooden Abacus.jpgWoodenAbacus1 1949
COW big.jpgWoodenCow1  
Wooden lego croc.jpgWoodenCrocodile1 ?
Eend oud.jpgWoodenDuck1  
Wooden lego elephant.jpgWoodenElephant1  
Milchkutsche.jpgWoodenHorse with milkcart1  
Fyrfryyu.jpgWoodenLEGO Cat1 1930-1940
Lam.jpgWoodenLamb1  
Wooden lemming.jpgWoodenLemming1  
Varken.jpgWoodenPig1  
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
LEGO Yo-Yo.pngYo-YoYo-Yo1N/A 1932
500 LEGO Klodser - Original Edition.jpg500LEGO Klodser  1948
$ 57 (1).jpgWoodenstorage box $2251960-1964


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