Topping the Wish List - 1932
This next toy may hold the distinction of not only being a wish list topper but one of the toys that have been on the coveted list, the longest.
Originally released in 1932, Lego is one of the earliest modern toys and is still on Santa's wish list, even today.
Lego is the invention of Ole Kirk Christiansen a carpenter from Denmark. He began making wooden toys in 1932. By 1940, Lego had expanded into producing plastic interlocking bricks. They were modelled after traditional wooden blocks that locked together in the same fashion. In 1958 Lego's design was improved upon and patented. Bricks from that year remain compatible with those made today.
Lego was on the brink of bankruptcy in the early 2000s. However, thanks to successful product tie-ins to movie blockbusters, Star Wars and Harry Potter and the subsequent release of the Lego Movie in 2014 demand surged beyond supply.
The name Lego was coined by Christiansen and sounds similar to a Danish phrase that when translated means, "play well". For millions of children who have 'played well' every year since this toy tops the wish list.