The toy creator who was best known for designing the iconic LEGO minifigurine, Jens Nygaard Knudsen, has passed away.

The designer, 78, worked for LEGO from 1968 to 2000.

“He was a true visionary whose ideas brought joy and inspiration to millions of builders around the world and we thank him for helping to create some of our most loved play themes,” LEGO Group’s chief marketing officer Julia Goldin said.

“He made an impact few can match.”

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Knudsen was the genius behind the yellow LEGO person with interchangeable parts, often referred to as ‘LEGO man’

 

Original LEGO figurine

He also had a hand in designing early versions of Legoland and other sets like Lego Castle and Lego Space.

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He died last Wednesday while in hospice care battling motor neurone disease.