JustMatt: My mother saved my huge box of Legos and I was determined that my kid was going to be playing with them regardless of gender. We ended up having a boy, so i guess it's nothing out of the ordinary. Still have to wait quite a while though, since he's only seven days old.
BEER_ME_in_CT: Maybe that profit is do to these things going up in price faster than a gallon of gas. I know I know its all petroleum, but pretty soon I'll be buying my daughter an actual car instead of a lego one because it will be cheaper. 129 bucks for a train set that consists of 116 pieces? TERRIBLE.
art_shamsky: BEER_ME_in_CT: Maybe that profit is do to these things going up in price faster than a gallon of gas. I know I know its all petroleum, but pretty soon I'll be buying my daughter an actual car instead of a lego one because it will be cheaper. 129 bucks for a train set that consists of 116 pieces? TERRIBLE.Wait, what? Lego pieces run ~10 cents each in a set. A 116-piece kit should run you no more than $15. where are you shopping?
Plant Rights Activist: [assets.nydailynews.com image 635x467]wtf is there to build there? How is it still legos when you don't build anything.
Impeesa: I don't know, here's the inventory, you tell me. I can't seem to spot the table and bench pieces. I am puzzled by the presence of a skeleton leg, though, since modern sets are full of ultraspecialized parts that can't be used for anything else and will cripple a young child's creativity forever.
one of Ripley's Bad Guys: FTA: "The privately owned company said Thursday that on revenue of 23.4 billion kroner ($4.2 billion) its net profits grew 38 percent, to 5.6 billion kroner ($1 billion)."You guys could argue all day about pink bricks for girls, but who thought that Legos had a annual profit of over a billion clams?
Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Peki: ReapTheChaos: "The sets have been criticized by some consumer U.S. groups as reinforcing gender stereotypes."That's because gender differences exists in real life you morons. If girls want to play with the star wars or pirates lego sets, then by all means they can, nothings stopping them. But the bottom line is, girls like girly things. My youngest is a girl, even with 3 older brothers to influence her play habits she preferred playing with Barbie dolls and other girly toys. That's simply how life works.And I wanted to play with Tonka Trucks and Linkin Logs, and got handed Barbies instead. The scowl on my grandmother's face was hard to miss.Your little girl is being influenced by a lot more than just you and her 3 older brothers. If she wants it, great, but don't assume that someone hasn't given her some sort of instruction on what girls are supposed to play with. Social discipline can be a very sneaky critter.Maybe so, but the majority of little girls want to play with dolls and pretend to be mommies. It's behavior that occurs all throughout nature, the female is the nurturer while the male is the hunter/provider.
DrSkeet: Since LEGO is a company that has products which encourage more innovation and technical skills than other toy options, I want them to make money. So good for them.To seem like they're not stereotyping, the could also have their "boy" sets marketed to girls as well. Including an equal number of "female" minifigs in their sets and girls in their commercials probably would not hurt their profits. Or, I don't know, having boys play with the Heart Lake City toy line in commercials, too.(The Friends line is ridiculously simplified in terms of construction, though. If I were a girl, I'd be insulted.)
aevorea: I've had the itch to buy some Legos and build *something* with them, but I've yet to find either a set I like (that's reasonably priced) or just a box of assorted Lego bricks.
rpm: aevorea: I've had the itch to buy some Legos and build *something* with them, but I've yet to find either a set I like (that's reasonably priced) or just a box of assorted Lego bricks.What's your definition of reasonably priced? Anything at or less than $0.10 a brick is generally pretty good.
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