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Wooden Toys is the name of the very first theme of LEGO toys to be created. The first toy was made in 1932, and exclusive to the shop owned by the LEGO Creator. It was created by Ole Kirk Christiansen.

Woodie

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.

Side on ducky

A profile of a LEGO duck

Products

Lego-duck

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

Teddy Bill's truck

Pony and cart

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
Woodtruck6662/1Wooden Truck 6  1950
KipChicken(Høne)1  
KuikensChicken(ælling)1  
TekkelDog(Hund)1  
Wood 1945 autopistBHalvautomatiskLegetöjspistol1 19451949
No imageBILOfixBILOfix   
PullgoatLEGO"Clumsy Hans"1 1936
ИииииииииииLEGOCat (Large)1 Mid 1930's - Late 1950's
26.) Pulltoy CATLEGOCat (Medium)1 Mid 1930's - Late 1950's
SmallCatLEGOCat (Small)1 Mid 1930's - Late 1950's
1940CoveredTruckLEGOCovered Truck1 1940
Wooden-duckLEGODuck1 1935
CartLEGOMetal Buggy1  
1946MonkeyLEGOMonkey1 1946
1940TruckLEGOPlank-side Truck1 1940
Horsecarriage2LEGOPony and Trap  1937
1947RoosterLEGORooster1 1947
1949TractorLEGOTractor1 1949
1935TrainWoodenTrain3 1935
Bike-2MetalBike with Rubber Wheels1  
TeddybillTeddyIn A Cart1 1950-1954
Terrier2Terrier(Hund)1  
Wood- Wooden AbacusWoodenAbacus1 1949
COW bigWoodenCow1  
Wooden lego crocWoodenCrocodile1 ?
Eend oudWoodenDuck1  
Wooden lego elephantWoodenElephant1  
MilchkutscheWoodenHorse with milkcart1  
FyrfryyuWoodenLEGO Cat1 1930-1940
LamWoodenLamb1  
Wooden lemmingWoodenLemming1  
VarkenWoodenPig1  
WoodenPlutoWoodenPluto   
WoodsoldierWoodenRingfigure   
WoodtruckWoodenTruck 11 19321940
Woodtruck2WoodenTruck 21 1930–1940
Woodtruck3WoodenTruck 3  1930–1940
Woodtruck4WoodenTruck 4  1930–1940
Woodtruck5WoodenTruck 5  1930–1940
Woodtruck7WoodenTruck 7  1930–1940
Woodtruck8WoodenTruck 8  1930–1940
Woodtruck9WoodenTruck 9  1930–1940
ИиииииииWoodenTruck Bus  1930-1940
CadilacYellowChevrolet "Bel Air"1 1957
LEGO Yo-YoYo-YoYo-Yo1N/A 1932
500 LEGO Klodser - Original Edition500LEGO Klodser  1948
$ 57 (1)Woodenstorage box $2251960-1964


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