Vale Jens Nygaard Knudsen, 25 Jan 1942 – 19 Feb 2020. Designer of the Minifgure.

This weekend, we received news that Jens N. Knudsen passed away. Jens was a designer at the LEGO Group between 1968 and 2000, and was responsible for the design of the LEGO Minifigure. His name is there, on the patent document, next to Gødtfred Christiansen. After the successful introduction of the minifigure, he was made Chief Designer.

He also designed the first wave of LEGO Space sets, single handedly – and had a hand in the design of many ongoing themes – space, castle, town and more – until his retirement.

There is no doubt that his body of work has brought joy to countless children around the world, for over 50 years – such an incredible legacy.

Thank you for for all you did, Jens.

When not share your favourite minifigure below, and until next time,

Play well,

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