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(CNN)   Angry-face LEGO figurines are destroying our children. WON'T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN   (money.cnn.com) divider line 87
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2013-06-12 02:43:01 PM  
I still imagine my old pirate sets smiling merrily as they gut and are gutted by the blue and red soldiers.
 
2013-06-12 02:43:14 PM  
Lego isn't really Lego anymore--too many specialized pieces in the sets at stores-----you have to order the real Lego directly from them.
 
2013-06-12 02:44:16 PM  
www.findmybrick.com
 
2013-06-12 02:44:50 PM  
FTFA:

Forget about those happy LEGO characters from your childhood.

When I was a kid Legos were bricks, not characters.  Get off my lawn.
 
2013-06-12 02:45:43 PM  
ftfa: "LEGO representatives were not immediately available for comment "
- but when they are available, they will comment (also ftfa): "Last year, global sales increased by 25% to 23.4 billion Danish kroner ($4.2 billion). "

/turn the faces around, and they are smiling.
 
2013-06-12 02:45:54 PM  

ski9600: FTFA:

Forget about those happy LEGO characters from your childhood.

When I was a kid Legos were bricks, not characters.  Get off my lawn.


Came here to say exactly THIS.
 
2013-06-12 02:46:01 PM  
B-B-But they don't look right when they're smiling away in the little outhouses I made!
I need poop-makin' facial expressions for realism.
 
2013-06-12 02:46:53 PM  
judysvintagefptoys.com


I had these as a kid (the old wooden ones, not the plastic ones).  They were usually pretty happy about things it seemed.
 
WGJ
2013-06-12 02:47:28 PM  
FTFA: New research by robot expert Christoph Bartneck at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand shows the number of happy faces on tiny LEGO figures is decreasing.
"We cannot help but wonder how the move from only positive faces to an increasing number of negative faces impacts on how children play," he said in a statement.

Do people really get paid to study this stuff? At least it's New Zealand wasting their money on this.
 
2013-06-12 02:47:28 PM  
License to do research... revoked!
 
2013-06-12 02:49:33 PM  
Really? I have to say our "happy" Lego figures when I was a kid had a buttload of weapons. We just had to BUILD them. Let's not delusion ourselves that somehow we are more violent today then we were 30 years ago because Lego dudes now have pre-fab blasters and ninja swords.
 
2013-06-12 02:50:14 PM  
I still remember the big smiles on my Lego policemen as they roughed up perps at the Lego police station.
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2013-06-12 02:50:52 PM  
That's because old Lego sets pretty much only had generic smiley faces. Maybe a female one or a sunglasses one tossed in, but generic nonetheless. Even the pirates were pretty happy, IIRC.

Now that they have a lot more licensed properties, they have a lot more roles to fill for bad guys and such.

/seriously, this has to be the most painfully stupid 'but think of the children' article I've seen in ages
//and I've seen some stupid ones
 
2013-06-12 02:54:23 PM  
I had pirate Legos.  The pirates and the sailors had pistols, rifles, and cannons if I recall.  So they smiled when they blew each other up.
 
2013-06-12 02:54:57 PM  
Wow lady. Un-bunch those panties and jump up and down until all that sand falls out of
your vag.
 
2013-06-12 02:55:44 PM  
Meh, my Legos smiled as they enslaved the moon people of taris 6. Or when they joined massive space battles with the forces of centuri prime.

/ mom let me have too many sci-fi books when I was little
 
2013-06-12 02:57:43 PM  
New research by robot expert Christoph Bartneck at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand shows the number of happy faces on tiny LEGO figures is decreasing.

"We cannot help but wonder how the move from only positive faces to an increasing number of negative faces impacts on how children play," he said in a statement.

Why is a robot expert researching legos?  And how does that statement qualify as 'research?'

This is the stupidest thing I've read all week
 
2013-06-12 03:02:00 PM  

Sarsin: Really? I have to say our "happy" Lego figures when I was a kid had a buttload of weapons. We just had to BUILD them. Let's not delusion ourselves that somehow we are more violent today then we were 30 years ago because Lego dudes now have pre-fab blasters and ninja swords.


Right.  When I was little, me and all my little male friends could incorporate the most innocuous toy into an imagination fueled game of violence.  War, cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, whatever.  We didn't even need ANY toys to play violently.  We had our imaginations.

I could use my sisters gizmo doll and turn it into a murderous monster(without even having to feed it after midnight or anything!)  Our play was inherently violent.  Maybe it was because of the shows we watched, but it definitely was not because of the toys we had.
 
2013-06-12 03:02:52 PM  
My brother and I hardly had any of the specialized Legos. We just had a huge box of the basic ones.

And we mostly made weapons out of them.
Lego guns, Lego fighter jets, Lego space fighers, Lego battleships, Lego fortresses.

We once spent the afternoon making lego swords. Then after a huge buildup we squared off against each other and smashed them together. They both exploded in a glorious hail of Lego shrapnel.

Our best weapons were the Lego balistas. We basically built launcher tubes that fired pens and pencils using a ton of rubber bands.
The goal of the game was to destroy the other players launcher first. Imagine the early '80s game "Crossbows and Catapults" but with more power. A lot of design went into trying different configurations that could support more rubber bands or be more resistant to the other players ordinance. Amazingly, we still have both our eyes.
 
2013-06-12 03:03:43 PM  
"We cannot help but wonder how the move from only positive faces to an increasing number of negative faces impacts on how where my next grant is coming from. Better drum up some fear over children play," he said in a statement.
 
2013-06-12 03:04:16 PM  

gnosis301: I still imagine my old pirate sets smiling merrily as they gut and are gutted by the blue and red soldiers.


Not to mention being dismembered and eaten by lego sharks.


Sarsin: Really? I have to say our "happy" Lego figures when I was a kid had a buttload of weapons. We just had to BUILD them. Let's not delusion ourselves that somehow we are more violent today then we were 30 years ago because Lego dudes now have pre-fab blasters and ninja swords.


I remember cutting and filing the big swords to make awesome saw-back daggers and wave swords. Those plastic cocktail toothpick swords looked cool, but they broke all the time.

/pirates were my favorite because of the skeletons.
// and the scuba divers.
 
2013-06-12 03:05:05 PM  
My little Lego guys were always smiling as we launched them at the Lego castle as human catapult ammunition.
 
2013-06-12 03:05:32 PM  
What the hell is a LEGO?

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2013-06-12 03:05:37 PM  
They won't be destroyed until they start making lego surprise buttsex faces.
 
2013-06-12 03:08:15 PM  
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/Oblig
 
2013-06-12 03:09:00 PM  
I never had the imagination to do anything with legos other than injure my mom.  Spread the old 1's and 2's across your bedroom floor, shut off the light, and scream like you're in pain.
 
2013-06-12 03:10:05 PM  

Carn: They won't be destroyed until they start making lego surprise buttsex faces.


There's already at least one that's close- look up the 'Hazmat Guy' collectible minifig...
 
2013-06-12 03:10:24 PM  

GanjSmokr: [judysvintagefptoys.com image 600x336]


I had these as a kid (the old wooden ones, not the plastic ones).  They were usually pretty happy about things it seemed.


I remember torturing the little girl one.  Tied her up in the castle dungeon. did the most horrible things my 5 year old mind could muster.  She really seemed to enjoy it.

/ unfortunately, I am not making this up.
 
2013-06-12 03:11:19 PM  
IIRC lego people were introduced when I was in my lego phase*. It was the greatest thing since sliced bread at the time, at least to me.

* or maybe I just found out about them late, this was back in pre-internet days
 
2013-06-12 03:17:33 PM  
I like the new faces. The old ones looked like they all were drugged out on lithium....
 
2013-06-12 03:19:37 PM  
I recall quite clearly that my GI Joes and Ninja Turtles were all smiling and never carried weapons or did anything violent.

I can also assure you that exposing children to no other emotions will prevent them from ever feeling them in the future, and if they somehow manage to feel angry or sad, they will be well prepared to deal with those emotions thanks to years of hugs and gold stars.
 
2013-06-12 03:20:24 PM  

szyska: I like the new faces. The old ones looked like they all were drugged out on lithium....


Looked like? Who are you to judge, man? You don't know! You weren't there!

/the Lego wars of '86 were hell, pure hell
 
2013-06-12 03:20:41 PM  

ski9600: FTFA:

Forget about those happy LEGO characters from your childhood.

When I was a kid Legos were bricks, not characters.  Get off my lawn.


This. Since when do Legos have faces?

dnrtfa
 
2013-06-12 03:20:49 PM  
The LEGOs I had when I was growing up had no faces nor arms....

4.bp.blogspot.com

♫ Oh please God kill me.....♫

/THE HORROR!
 
2013-06-12 03:24:59 PM  
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I remember my knights smiling joyfully as they slaughtered their neighboring lords, bandits, and the Saracens...
 
2013-06-12 03:26:00 PM  
What is this journalist on about? There are plenty of different characters in the Lego world - My son has lots of smiley characters but also lots of bad guys too - it helps with the stories he makes - plus maybe she needs to actually do  a bit of journalism and discover Lego Friends - a range that's so sickeningly smiley and twee that only 6 year old girls could love it...
 
2013-06-12 03:26:07 PM  

Ashyukun: Carn: They won't be destroyed until they start making lego surprise buttsex faces.

There's already at least one that's close- look up the 'Hazmat Guy' collectible minifig...


Ahahahaha!  Would it be appropriate to get this for my lego loving nephew?
 
2013-06-12 03:26:49 PM  

Langdon Alger: Lego isn't really Lego anymore--too many specialized pieces in the sets at stores-----you have to order the real Lego directly from them.


Go to a Lego store and buy block by the can off the big wall o' blocks. They also have a CAD program you can download to figure out what blocks you need in advance.
 
2013-06-12 03:27:08 PM  
Don't worry, all the angry Lego people will burn in Lego Hell with the rest of the sinners!

www.picamemag.com
 
2013-06-12 03:32:28 PM  

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I remember my knights smiling joyfully as they slaughtered their neighboring lords, bandits, and the Saracens...


Who can blame them? The joy of battle and all that. My knights were most often kidnapped and locked in dungeons on Pirate Island, where monkey guards held pistols to their heads.
 
2013-06-12 03:32:49 PM  
I spent my childhood wishing Lego would give us more options for faces, my child gets to live my dream, and now some clown wants to mess it up for them.  Go helicopterparenting!
 
2013-06-12 03:38:32 PM  

GanjSmokr: [judysvintagefptoys.com image 600x336]


I had these as a kid (the old wooden ones, not the plastic ones).  They were usually pretty happy about things it seemed.


Except this guy:

judysvintagefptoys.com
 
2013-06-12 03:40:23 PM  

UrukHaiGuyz: RatMaster999: [julianaheng.com image 800x589]
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I remember my knights smiling joyfully as they slaughtered their neighboring lords, bandits, and the Saracens...

Who can blame them? The joy of battle and all that. My knights were most often kidnapped and locked in dungeons on Pirate Island, where monkey guards held pistols to their heads.


I got one of the LEGO pirate ships later...they joined forces with the knights to fend off these invaders...

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2013-06-12 03:43:45 PM  

highendmighty: ftfa: "LEGO representatives were not immediately available for comment "
- but when they are available, they will comment (also ftfa): "Last year, global sales increased by 25% to 23.4 billion Danish kroner ($4.2 billion). "

/turn the faces around, and they are smiling.


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2013-06-12 03:46:08 PM  

Carn: Ashyukun: Carn: They won't be destroyed until they start making lego surprise buttsex faces.

There's already at least one that's close- look up the 'Hazmat Guy' collectible minifig...

Ahahahaha!  Would it be appropriate to get this for my lego loving nephew?


It's generally regarded as one of the best of the collectible minifigs- I'd say almost any of them are great gifts for the LEGO enthusiast or generally anyone who used to play with them. The Hazmat Guy definitely has the best facial expression of the lot though, however you'll likely need to get it from eBay or a shop like bricksandminifigs.com or brickpicker.com since the series it's from has long been discontinued...
 
2013-06-12 03:48:28 PM  

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I remember my knights smiling joyfully as they slaughtered their neighboring lords, bandits, and the Saracens...


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And pirates! Aargh!
 
2013-06-12 03:48:54 PM  
We had Lego Atlantis.  Had a nice wide creek between the railroad tracks and a steep hill.  got a nice flat wide piece of lumber and tied it to the banks.  Then we built a small Lego city on it.  Made little lego boats (which floated :D) and had attacks from giant frogs (real ones).

Eventually, the Gods (my brother and I) got angry at the hubris of Lego Atlantis.  We destroyed the beaver damn up stream and sent the city to it's doom!

Then we got angry at ourselves for losing a good bit of our Lego.
 
2013-06-12 03:54:01 PM  
There were also no Black LEGO people.
// The only difference between Lego men and Lego women was a wig.
/// what message did THAT send?
 
2013-06-12 04:00:59 PM  
Shouldn't people be worrying more about how negative real life situations affect kids rather than little toys? Real life situations can't be prevented, while little toys can always be taken away. If they're this worried about little toys affecting their kids, then it just shows that toys and other things have more influence to them because they probably don't let their kids go out and experience the real world.
 
2013-06-12 04:09:05 PM  
Legos rule until you step on one. Anyway what makes lego-land so wonderful, and why all the little lego weapons, some of them are pissed about something
 
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