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Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Miss Lego 2012

"The last time I was in a Lego store, there was this little pink ghetto over in one corner. And I thought, really? This is the best you can do?"
—No! "says" Lego, who on January 1 in the US (and December 26 in the UK, and today in France) will roll out Lego Friends, a line of 29 Polly Pocket-esque Lego toys that stand five millimeters "taller and curvier" than the average Lego minifigurine, as described in this interesting Bloomberg piece (more pictures here), and whose five main characters come complete with names and backstories, "like American Girl dolls." ("If it takes color-coding or ponies and hairdressers to get girls playing with Lego, I’ll put up with it, at least for now, because it’s just so good for little girls’ brains," says one female neuroscientist.) While waiting for a giant Lego Friend to wash ashore somewhere, let us have Lego cake.



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Decca

I was really, really into Lego Football when I was younger. <3 you, Zidane.

hot dog princess

Legos! Also, these Young Adult banner ads are out of control. IT'S TOO EARLY, my eyes can't take it!

SarahP

But can you swap their legs and heads? No?!

And now all the girls will be taller than the (normal minifig) boys! I can't tell if that's better or worse... On one hand, not as fun if they are going to Lego Prom. On the other hand, it's more realistic that the chicks would be taller at the age most girls are playing with Lego...

apples and oranges

Girls already play with Legos! I played with Legos for my entire childhood!

julia

@kangerine I have fond memories of playing Lego on Saturdays with my dad. We had a fishing tackle box to organize the pieces and my older sister got some of the Star Wars set.

Mira

@kangerine Yes! Saturday Lego with my dad and little sister was the best! The best. I had one of those big pirate ships with the cannons that shoot little cannonballs if you flick them just right. THE BEST.

Legos are already toys for girls!

boyofdestiny

@julia What's this tackle box stuff? You didn't just put all your pieces in a bucket that you dumped on the floor whenever you wanted to play?

area@twitter

@kangerine Legoooos! My brother and I would build cars and smash them into each other like some primitive demolition derby. Those were good times.

Ophelia

@boyofdestiny That is the correct way to play with legos.

D.@twitter

@kangerine So true! I had a plastic tub of ordinary Legos that I would make elaborate buildings or Barbie/paper-doll furniture out of. But also? I think boys should be encouraged to play w/ these dolls, too. This is purely based on the small sample size of a few different kids I've observed/babysat, but it seems to me that boys are perfectly happy to dress up or play with dolls until a parent comes along and reprimands/discourages the child.

apples and oranges

@D.@twitter My little brother was perfectly content to play dolls with my sister and me! Luckily we have feminist hippie parents who encouraged him - all of us, really - to do what we wanted. I think at home we still have the children's book of "Girls Can Have Any Job!" complete with A to Z career paths and illustrations.

fondue with cheddar

@kangerine Legos are and have always been gender-neutral toys.

redheaded&crazy

I loved lego! No dressing up or pinkifying required :)

Not to mention the lego video games! Lego HP 1-4 & 5-7 who else has it on their xmas wish lists?! :D

...just me then eh

bookfreak

@redheadedandcrazy The 6- and 7-year-old I babysit for have Lego Star Wars, but I could never quite get into it. Maybe I'm missing something? Or maybe it's the fact that they just wander around the levels and when I ask "What's the goal of this level?" they say "I don't know..."

candybeans

@bookfreak i have the *exact* same conversation with my 10-year-old little brother when we visit and play lego star wars. He shoots at some clones, they explode into coins, he changes into yoda, and we just wander. give me mario kart! a beginning, middle, and end! #coulditbemoreobviousimnotagamer

jonacon

Just got kinda excited thinking about how awful the mainstream media's take on this is gonna be when they talk about it days/weeks/months/(years???) from now.

CrescentMelissa

this really drives me a little insane. i have a boy and a girl and it is simply not necessary to make pink things for girls. however, with all my grumbling, my 7 year old will squeal with delight. and my 4 year old boy will say these are for girls. as much as i as their mom think i influence them they are bombarded with these messages from everywhere else...ok, carry on.

julia

@CrescentMelissa Thanks for confirming my fears about being a mom in this moment (no plans to become one soon, but someday). I guess the best you can do is try to teach them to understand the messages are meant to get you to buy stuff and act a certain way (when they're old enough to understand)? I don't even know.

MmeLibrarian

@julia I'm expecting a baby in the spring, and my husband and I are trying to give (potentially) her a head-start on all the frilly pink nonsense by not finding out the sex, therefore forcing everyone to buy us gender-neutral gifts (if they want to give us gifts, of course). It will at least establish a basic collection of not-pink, not-princess, not "I'm pretty like mommmy!" things. And then we take it from there. Also, assuming a girl, the mere fact of being the daughter of a tomboy such as myself might help. Might.

wharrgarbl

@MmeLibrarian If you are planning more than one baby, forcing all your gift-giving well-wishers to stick to gender-neutral stuff will also mean the next baby can use the hand-me-downs no matter what without people getting all weird at you because you're *gasp!* making your infant cross-dress.

SuperGogo

@MmeLibrarian My good friend from high school was a total tomboy, yet her daughter is the girliest of girly-girls. I think sometimes it cannot be helped, regardless of parental influence/intentions.

E
E

@CrescentMelissa, In reading the article I sort of got the sense that it's not just about "pinking" the legos. I had a tyco set I liked a lot as a kid and I was into the pirate ships my friends had, but when I think of the lego experience the color schemes were a lot of neon and primary colors and sometimes that was sort of uninteresting. And I was way more into naturey/pastel things, so there wasn't a lot of that on offer. As a comparison if you looked at My Little Ponies which I loved, they had a lot of pale yellows, blues and greens, jewel tones, (in addition to scads of pink). And the sets had these very appealing curvilinear designs- lots of rounded shapes on the accessories etc.

While surely those preferences are genderized, I don't know if it's inherently wrong. Its wrong when they only offer pink to girls as the girl set, but if lego is branching out the color scheme, and you can mix and match, I think having a turquoise lego in addition to a navy blue could be very visually appealing. I think maybe being able to build rounder designs, would also appeal to girls, while having utility for boys as well. Basically I love the pants off rainbows, and I don't care if that's girly.

wharrgarbl

@SuperGogo I continue to disappoint and confuse my girly-girl mother with my utter inability to comprehend fashion, sport-shopping, and cosmetics. (I apparently cannot even properly pair my awesome glitter flats with my clothes. Which doesn't stop me, but you know.) Which yes, probably guarantees that any child I have will love them some frilly pink nonsense, and I will, in quiet despair, do things like dress them up as Pink Vader for Halloween. (These things will later turn up in their memoirs as "I began to realize that while my mother surely loved me, she never really understood me, when I was still quite young. My first clear memory of this impression was when I asked for a princess costume and received a knight costume onto which she had mod podged pink glitter, flowers, and an extremely befuddled kitten. That kitten would become my closest companion in the next several years.")

But, really, there's nothing inherently wrong with frilly pink nonsense so long as the kid comes at it of their own accord and approaches it as thoughtfully as their age allows, rather than having it shoveled at them by the culture at large and brainwashed into thinking that they have to like it because they're girls, and they have to accept it uncritically as it comes pre-packaged, and that anything that isn't frilly pink nonsense is off-limits.

fondue with cheddar

@E I was never into the primary colors either. My favorite legos were the space ones. Not Star Wars, but the old non-branded stuff. It was all gray and blue and white, with colorful clear pieces and round pieces and satellite dishes and antennas and big, chunky wheels and space helmets!

AND? One of my space figures was yellow. I rubbed the space emblem off his shirt, turning him into Naked Guy!

Lizzy@twitter

If there was one thing I always thought that legos were missing, it was boobs. Excuse me, I mean "Curves"

Dorothea

@Liz Bailey@twitter some of the old legos had boobs too! they were just weirdly drawn on to their otherwise flat bodies.

and the new girl figurines totally do not have boobs, they're barely budding.

wharrgarbl

:/ I thought Legos were already for girls? Are "things for girls" really so proscribed these days that if you don't explicitly stick a {<3} on the package, girls think they can't have it?

Trilby

I agree with all of the above! Who says "regular" non-pink legos are only for boys? Do we really still think girls won't venture anywhere that has not been properly pinked up for them?

It's the boys who consider pink off-limits. Girls go anywhere. They got this back-assward.

City_Dater

@Trilby

Too true. In Legos and literature, the default "universal" is not so much neutral as "not-womanly."

Megasus

@Trilby Girls don't care if something has been pinked up or not. It's BOYS who care whether something is gendered or not. C'mon, the publishing industry knows this Lego!

Trilby

@Megan Patterson@facebook Isn't that what I said? It is what I meant to say.

Megasus

@Trilby Sorry, it is! I had just woken up when I posted that. But it is actually a known fact in the publishing industry. That's why publishers were so excited about Harry Potter because boys would actually read them.

MmeLibrarian

I played with Legos almost daily from the ages of 6-10. I would get new ones every Christmas and specifically insist that I not receive any of the pink ones (reason: they'd clash with the existing color scheme).

Why do the female Lego people need pre-existing backstories? Isn't part of the fun that you make up a backstory for the people depending on what you've built?

Ophelia

@MmeLibrarian Yeah, but if you're a little girl these days, if it didn't come from Disney or American Girl with its own backstory, how on earth will you know when in the story you're supposed to do what? Your princess brain just won't be able to handle it.

AAARGH. Sorry, for someone with no kids, I am VERY (oddly?) incensed by the scripting/pinkifying of EVERYTHING for little girls. Not sure if it happens w/"boy" toys too.

atipofthehat

@MmeLibrarian

Lego is killing us with its scriptedness. JUST SELL US THE PARTS!

fondue with cheddar

@atipofthehat I know! They're taking all the imagination out of it, and that's the best part! LEGO, YOU'RE RUINING IT.

foureyedgirl

It's been awhile since I dug my (extensive) lego collection out of storage, but don't some of the lego figures already have "girl traits?" I could have sworn there were lady lego figures when I was a kid in the dark ages. But they weren't "curvy" so I guess that was confusing....

MmeLibrarian

@foureyedgirl They just had little plastic wigs of female-looking hair, right? I don't remember any wearing dresses or skirts, though. Maybe the castles has princesses or queens?

diesel_vontrapp

@MmeLibrarian I seem to recall a "Maid Marian" type lego with the Robin Hood/woods bandit-theme legos.

Katie Heaney

@MmeLibrarian Some had these bizarre little dresses that still split the legs in two, which was weirdly inappropriate if you thought about it, but you don't because you're 6.

Katie Heaney

@diesel_vontrapp THAT SET WAS THE BEST and there was no pink, goddammit.

Saaoirse

@Katie Heaney I had a witch figure that had some kind of skirt. More importantly, she had a wand! And there was a wall that was secretly a door!

propermake

@Katie Heaney i just thought they all wore skorts.

fondue with cheddar

@MmeLibrarian When I wanted to give one of my figures a skirt, I'd just pull the legs off and put a Lego in its place. Or two if I wanted to make her into Tall Lady.

ingrid.tuesday

I hate the pink, but as someone who grew up playing Legos with my bajillion brothers, I want my frilly-princess daughter to play alongside her brother. I agree Lego needs more girl figures, but how hard would it be if they just came in more sets? I ended up buying a bunch of girl Lego minifigs on ebay so my daughter would have plenty to choose from.

Eden

@ingrid.tuesday Yes, yes, yes. I loved the gender-neutral faces of the Legos I grew up playing with -- just smiley faces -- so they could be men or women. When I think the minifigs started to have more customized faces, it was saying "Legos are for boys."

And there's nothing wrong with houses and horses and shopping and the color pink. I liked all of those things as a girl, too. But I liked Legos because sometimes I could plays a princess or sometimes I could play as a tough space policewoman. So I don't really object to these sets as a rule, but I do think they kind of shuffle "girl Legos" and "boy Legos" into separate categories since the minifigs are different.

Lindsay Parker@facebook

Girls + Legos used to look like this, at least when I grew up with them.

MmeLibrarian

@Lindsay Parker@facebook I love that ad. It was my desktop for weeks. I had those exact sneakers as a kid.

Sunny Schomaker

@Lindsay Parker@facebook Yes! This is my memory of playing with old school Legos. Plus, the basic Legos allowed you to make anything you wanted without some predetermined template.

Gender neutral creativity rules!

AniaGosia

@Lindsay Parker@facebook I love that! That was me, if you replace the pigtails with a brown bowlcut.

fondue with cheddar

@Lindsay Parker@facebook Look at her face! She's so pleased with herself. :)

Oh, squiggles

Sigh. Things like legos don't need to be "girlified"(aka made pink, added ponies, or 'curves') for girls to like them! I played with Legos! And lincoln logs. And I envied erector sets other kids had. Also I had barbies, and dolls, so there you go. Point is, I think girls will play with it if they are in an environment/society that encourages/supports that kind of play.

Also, why are Barbies and tea sets not being 'boyified'? Why aren't we making it okay for boys to play with dolls?

City_Dater

@Awesomely Nonfunctional

And weirdly, boys will cheerfully play with "girl" stuff if it isn't pink and frilly. I fondly recall a kitchen setup, very gender non-specific, at my kindergarten (way back in the dark ages) that everyone enjoyed. Everyone wants to cook! Tea parties are fun!

Oh, squiggles

@City_Dater I make a maaad cup of invisible tea. And all my imaginary tea cakes are gluten free!

Oh, squiggles

@boyofdestiny It's not quite the same. It seems for a doll to be acceptable for boys to play with it has to come with weapons, so they can play fight. But dolls marketed toward girls come with clothes, and various accessories for different careers (although mainly the housekeeping/cooking kind)

Are there baby dolls that are marketed towards boys? Why shouldn't they be playacting the role of a parent?

boyofdestiny

@Awesomely Nonfunctional Obviously good points. The Baroness link was mostly a joke. Although I demand credit for owning and playing with a She-Ra action figure. I got made fun of in preschool for that!

Oh, squiggles

@boyofdestiny It might be a possibly true statement to say that any trait you were made fun of for as a child, makes you super cool as an adult today. I am going to believe it, as I was teased a lot!

City_Dater

@Awesomely Nonfunctional

There used to be a boy doll called "My Buddy" marketed to boys -- no weapons, just a friend, like a teddy bear or some other such thing... Since I haven't seen them in a while, I shall assume things didn't work out, but this might be because he was creepy-looking.

Ophelia

@City_Dater Remember Kid Sister, who was the girl counterpart to My Buddy? She was also creepy, though marketed to girls. I definitely wanted to steal her overalls, though. Also, the theme song to these dolls is now in my head...why did THAT stick for 20 years??

mouthalmighty

@Awesomely Nonfunctional: I let a friend tell my brother his "My Buddy" doll was going to come alive like Chuckie and my mother was FURIOUS when she found it buried in the back yard. So maybe that's where they all are, buried in backyards because yes: that doll was super creepy-looking.

fondue with cheddar

@boyofdestiny Some of my fondest childhood memories involve playing with G.I. Joes. We had a big spare room over the garage, and my brother and I would set up cardboard boxes and blankets to make a huge landscape of mountains, caves, and water. One of us would be the Joes and the other would be Cobra, and we'd have a big battle. When the battle was over, the Joes would drive their Jeeps and tanks over to the dollhouse and have a house party with the Glamour Gals.

Dorothea

on the one hand, it is frustrating how gendered colors and toys and everything are. and yeah, i played with legos, even though they were obviously designed to appeal to boys.

BUT i think these are great! it's much more important to me that we send the affirmative message that there is no contradiction between building things and being a girl than that it's okay for girls not to like pink--it's easier for people to figure out what colors they don't actually like than un-do a childhood of being taught that technical skills are inherently masculine. especially in this down economy, when i see how much my smart female friends with liberal arts degrees are struggling to bring home $30K a year, while my dude-friend with CS and engineering degrees are all like: what recession?

these legos aren't any worse than regular legos just because they're pink! and i don't think the figurines are too sexualized--who says a figurine has to be all flat planes and hard edges to be fun?

Dorothea

@blahstudent also, i don't think other hairpinners appreciate how much legos are for boys these days. when i was a kid i had the generic 100 piece red plastic box, but if you go to a lego store today it's mostly sets to build tanks and stuff.

atipofthehat

@blahstudent

Legos used to be neutral back when you could buy them in bulk and not in stupid kits.

Dorothea

@atipofthehat yeah, i think the most interest part of the bloomberg piece was when they described the move to kits with levels of building as a way of tapping in to kids' inherent desire for "mastery," as seen in beating video game levels and learning skateboarding tricks:

Instead of focusing on their immediacy, the company now noticed how kids responded to the scoring, ranking, and levels of play—opportunities to demonstrate mastery. So while it didn’t take a genius or months of research to realize it might be a good idea to bring back the police station or fire engine that are at the heart of Lego’s most popular product line (Lego City), the “anthros” informed how the hook-and-ladder or motorcycle cop should be designed, packaged, and rolled out.

atipofthehat

@blahstudent

I just want the PIECES !

iceberg

@blahstudent @atipofthehat - I believe you can still buy the giant tubs of just pieces. That's what I plan to get my kids. Also, the Lego City series has plenty of chicks in it, that's what I will be getting my kids. Unless (I guess) they really want the pink stuff. I love pink shit but the aggressive/unnecessary gendering of Lego really annoys me.

Barry Grant

@blahstudent "[...] opportunities to demonstrate mastery"
I think this is a crucial point. I loved Legos as a solitary pursuit, but when playing "army man" or whatever with other boys it was always about mastery, heroism, and the like. Everyday life was about being harrassed by bigger kids, being told what to do by adults, and just feeling helpless a lot of the time.

I hear that girls at play are honing their social skills with one another but with boys it's usually some kind of power fantasy. My two cents.

Ophelia

@Barry Grant Interesting, and thinking about this now - when I was a kid, the games I'd play with boys usually involved creating some sort of challenge that we then would beat (ie, build a multi-step obstacle course up the hill in the backyard so that parents would be unable to drag us home), whereas the games I'd play with girls often involved creating some sort of world with its own rules (ie, we're on a desert island, who's in charge, what is everyone's job, etc.)

fondue with cheddar

@atipofthehat I hate the kits. It's hard to build different things out of Legos these days because they're so specialized.

fondue with cheddar

@Ophelia Wow, this comment thread just made me realize how awesome tabletop roleplaying games are, because they include both challenges to beat and world-creation. It's too bad so many kids think they're dorky.

CheeseLouise

I have nothing to add to this conversation, other than I just got the Lego Winter Village Bakery, and it freaking rocks my face. There's an owl, and trays of pastries (including two croquembouche) and actual baguettes that go in a little bin by the door. Plus an ice skating rink with a dude doing a face-plant into a snow bank. PLUS a horse-drawn Christmas tree wagon. Does anyone else have this? Do any New Orleans Pinners want to come over and see it?

AniaGosia

@CheeseLouise I so want to play with this! I would come right away if I lived in NO!

Mira

@CheeseLouise I kind of want to fly to New Orleans to see it.

atipofthehat

Why are her hands like that? I think I know this young woman.

tortietabbie

I heard about this on NPR this morning - including this stupid sound bite from a Lego researcher or whatever who was like, "and sometimes I'd be interviewing moms and they'd say, 'I hate pink!' - but they'd be wearing pink!!!!!" OMG LADIES WE ARE SO CONFUSING AND THIS IS OUR OWN FAULT!

Ptooie.

atipofthehat

@tortietabbie

You're wearing pink on your curves, aren't you?

tortietabbie

@atipofthehat All of them. :(

Dirty Hands

I'm pretty psyched about her having a nose, myself. Bratz dolls have always seemed olfactorily disabled to me.

AniaGosia

It's weird that these lego sets don't seem to be about building anymore. I really enjoyed building the stuff - I didn't want to 'play' with what I built so much. I always made houses (with the little flowers in front!), robots and cars (with the little motor thing). Once it was built, it was time to move on to building something else. But I guess these make more $ for Lego - more things to buy with all the levels, etc.

fondue with cheddar

@AniaGosia The only things I built that I ever played with were the ones with wheels or a Voltron robot that I created. I pulled each arm and leg off, and with minimal adjustment each turned into its own little spaceship with guns on it!

Hellcat

I'm reading a book about this sort of thing right now... or at least I was until I put it down somewhere in my unwrapped-gift-pile of an apartment and sort of lost it among the bags and boxes.

gobblegirl

These seem sort of Playmobil-ish? I had SO MUCH Playmobil as a little kid - trains, farms, everything. Lots of lego too, but rubbermaid container after rubbermaid container of Playmobil. My parents didn't spoil us too much, and we never had the really "trendy" toys, but they certainly didn’t hold back on the high quality imagination-building stuff.

New Hoarder

@gobblegirl I had an awesome Playmobil safari set. Elephants, lions, etc, with Jeeps and tents you built and canteen sets- everything. Man I miss that!

fondue with cheddar

@gobblegirl Oh, I loved Playmobil! I had the cavalry set.

QuiteAmiable

I had a Lego set that came with the following: a lego man, a lego woman, a horse, a parrot, a palm tree, and WINE GLASSES. Seriously.

iceberg

Did they not ever have Fabuland in the US? It was like regular Lego basically except for animal characters (with giant heads) instead of people. There were male & female animals but they all did normal stuff like fishing, gardening, cooking etc. Man I loved my Fabuland.

KeLynn

@iceberg I have never heard of that, but if I could go back in time and give my younger self a lego kit made only with animals, that would ROCK MY WORLD.

celacia

@iceberg They must have, because I know I had some. I had one of the orange cats and one of the lambs.

mouthalmighty

Did anyone else maybe, um, build Lego weapons (swords and guns, mostly) for their younger (male) siblings/relatives in exchange for candy/favors/world domination? Or was that just me? Ha.

New Hoarder

OMG. Just the mere mention of Polly Pocket made me Amazon and eBay search for "vintage Polly Pocket." I miss my little snap-case Polly Pocket worlds from the early '90s so much!

fondue with cheddar

@New Hoarder Polly Pocket reminded me of a smaller, cooler version of the Dolly Pops I had when I was a kid. They were really more like 3D paper dolls, but still fun. I have a picture of myself in my jammies Christmas morning holding up my Dolly Pop in the bicycle "outfit" with a big smile on my face.

Trilby

Now if they want to go the otehr way and make girl-themed Legos that boys would play with, give them breasts!

area@twitter

This seems as good a place as any to mention one of my old favorites, The Brick Testament. The Bible, illustrated with Legos. Oh ancient texts, you so crazy.

New Hoarder

@area@twitter Just be careful, because, as I learned the hard way, it's kinda NSFW. ;-)

KeLynn

But if they're taller, how are they going to fit in the spaceships and the cars? It's like the girls will need totally separate sets of legos from their brothers, just because the girl legos are different proportions. Ugh. Way to break up a family, LEGO.

fondue with cheddar

@KeLynn I can't seem to find pictures of them online, but I had some OLD Lego figure pieces that were big heads the size of a gumball attached to shoulders with bendable arms. You could use more Legos to create whatever kind of body you want (or attach them to other things sans hair/hat to make creepy creatures).

KeLynn

@jen325 Ooooo!

kimberussell

It's crazy to me that the toy world is MORE genderized now than it was when I was a child in the 70s. Yes there were dolls and trucks, but Lego were for boys AND girls as were the red/yellow/blue Big Wheels. My Whiffle ball bat was yellow, not pink. My tricycle was red, not pink. And never once did I think that my tricycle was for boys.

BUT...if pinkifying Lego makes it possible for one of these Toddlers & Tiara-type moms to buy a Lego set for a girl who never had one before, I'll take it.

WellThen

Yeah, I'm kinda mystified by this. I was not aware that Legos were not for girls. OOPS. Guess I played with the wrong toys as a kid? I dunno, I had a set that was obviously for girls, and I loved it, though I felt the pink was unnecessary and a little pandering, but I loved it! Because, horses! And stuff! But I also had this set which was the coolest set ever of all time and I was the luckiest little girl in the world the end.

What really bothers me about this isn't just the pinkification, but as KeLynn pointed out, that the "girl" Legos are now a thing completely separate from "boy" Legos. Will they get their own helicopters and dragons and space stations? Doubtful. I grew up with two brothers, and Legos were one of the awesome things we could always play with together.

SuzieMcLuster

This is my first post ever, hi everyone! Can I tell you all a story about girls and legos that changed my life? I was student teaching in first grade at the time. During station time all of the girls brought it to my attention that they love to play with legos, but felt left out from the lego station. We all sat down as a class to get to the bottom of the issue, and it came down to the fact that they love legos and love to play legos the same way that boys play legos, but there were no "girl" lego people. Part of the fun in legos is to build something that really fits and really works with a person, especially when that person is "you" (or Belle from Beauty and the Beast, or my personal favorite Roxanne from A Goofy Movie). The girls didn't want to play with them if they couldn't be girls or at least have a choice in the matter.

So.

We went on a hunt as a class. Every time someone went to a toy store, they were to check the lego aisle for ladies, and report back. My personal journey took me to the largest Target in our fair Portland OR. Guess how many female characters I found in the two giant aisles of Legos. Guess. TWO. One Leia in a +$100 set, one random girl in an Indiana Jones set. I was shocked. When I was a kid, there was a girl or two in each set! They looked just like the boys, they WERE the boys, with a different hairpiece to pop in.

This is where it gets crazy. One day, a group of kids made what I thought was a treasure map. NOPE. It was a complex plan to STEAL LADY LEGOS FROM THE NEAREST MALL BECAUSE OUR SOCIAL INJUSTICE NEEDED RESOLUTION. The plan included one kid stealing a car (they're 7 years old!!!) and systematically picking up all the other kids. Some of them packed snacks, some were found awake much past their bedtime wearing all black. Some were found waiting by their front door for the designated 7 year old driver to stop by. OVER HALF OF THEM WERE GIRLS. Man that was a rough morning talking to all those parents.

Needless to say, girls were going to this extreme just to get some stinkin hair pieces. They don't need some fancy offshoot set, just someone in there to identify with a little bit.

Oh, just so we all get the desired resolution in there, one of the girls went to legoland on a trip and bought the class a whole pack of girls! And everyone played together merrily (so merrily we had to set up a system for who got to play at the lego station each day). The end.

KeLynn

@SuzieMcLuster Wow, has the Lego landscape really changed that much? Like you, I remember having plenty of girl hair I could pop on to a person to make it a girl.

Inkling

@SuzieMcLuster
What lovely anarchists these people will grow into! I like that the erasure of their gender lead to disrespect of The Laws of Shops.

FickleMoon

The last party I went to we had a Lego set out and we all came and played with it when drunk and then psycho-analysed each other's weird Lego sculptures.

Edmon

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