I'm a Lego inventor!

I love Lego. I loved it when I was a kid too. When I was growing up in the 1970's Lego was a lot simpler than it is now. I sometimes was frustrated by the lack of certain shapes or pieces. For example:

My suggestion

We needed pieces like roof blocks but tapered on the bottom instead of the top. Great for boats, race cars, space-ships and airplanes. I wrote to Samsonite Canada, who owned the Lego license in Canada at that time to suggest it. I was almost twelve and this seemed like a big deal. I could imagine the president of Samsonite on the red phone to Lego head office in Billund, Denmark. So it was even a bigger deal when they acknowledged my suggestion and sent me this response:

Their reply

If you're out there Laurel Armstrong, thanks for that.

I was very pleased to see just such a block in production several years later. It was in the Lego collection of my younger cousins Mel and Kirk.

Perhaps others had suggested it too but I'm taking credit for it until I'm told otherwise by Lego.

Autographs? Hmm? Send me one of those blocks with a S.A.S.E. and I'll set my John Henry upon it.

Oddly, I don't think I've got one in my own Lego collection so send two.

Last Updated on Wed, May 27, 2015.

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