Today’s LEGO characters are looking increasingly angry and carrying more weapons, indicating an important shift in the way kids play and interact with toys.
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.
And let’s not forget this story from last week: A six-year-old boy was given detention for brandishing a toy gun – a toy gun the size of a quarter from one of his LEGO figurines. Comprehensive LEGO–figurine reform is long overdue, if you ask me, especially when “robot experts” are signaling the alarm.
I’m joking, of course — except that there’s no way I’d let my kids have this one: