LEGO history is almost as fascinating as the toys themselves - but the globally renowned, multi-billion-dollar company went through decades of setbacks in an attempt to preserve itself. Created by Ole Kirk Christiansen in Denmark in the 1930s, the toy company's evolution has been shaped by tragedy in many ways. Though LEGO sets are now beloved and ubiquitous toys - and sometimes incredible rare collectibles - they began humbly, as the product of one Danish carpenter who originally crafted items like ironing boards and ladders for a living.
Modern LEGO toys themselves are deceptively simple. They've gone through many evolutions over the years, starting as simple wooden toys and evolving into cleverly interlocking plastic blocks with special, inimitable designs that have gone on to inspire the imaginations of children and adults around the world. These LEGO facts are a reminder that Christiansen's vision persisted despite many hardships. Even in an age when the company has become a pop culture staple around the world, LEGO's struggles continue.