Lego, the multi-generational toy, celebrates 60th anniversary
EUGENE, Ore. - It's not every day that you celebrate the birthday of a toy, but when it's something as well known as the Lego, it's a big deal.
The Lego turned 60 on Sunday, and one local Eugene store built their anniversary celebration from the ground up.
There are thousands of them. Different shapes, sizes and figures, all celebrating their 60th anniversary at Bricks and Minifigs in Eugene with a little scavenger hunt.
"Kids can come in and look all throughout the store," said Brian Algian, owner or Bricks and Minifigs. "We have 10 mini figures throughout the store, if they find them all they can get a free mini figure."
Algian says his love for Legos started as a young boy.
"I have a lot of Legos when I was a kid," said Algian. "The floor of my room was about three inches thick with Legos and my mom hated it, but I had a little path from the door to the bed."
Now, Algian owns the only Bricks and Minifigs in western Oregon, which many residents of Lane County are excited about.
"It's really important, and I am so glad that they opened this store," said one customer and their child. "As soon as we walked in, his eyes got really big."
While Legos might be decades old, Algian says that is what makes them special -- the multi-generational experience.
"Pretty interesting with Legos that they have been here for so long. You have people that grew up with Legos and grandparents with Legos, and they pass them on," said Algian. "A lot of people will keep their collection and just pass it on to their kids and pass it on to the grandkid and so on."
The company that makes Legos celebrated the anniversary by building a 10-foot tall brick building in New York City.