Sorry for the delay in getting around to these questions. I'm only one man, and have been REALLY busy!
So first off, which minifigs are going to get the realistic color treatment?
Originally, the plan was to only use flesh tones when the minifig was based on a real person and not movie characters. But we continued to be flexible in our thinking about this issue as we released the products with flesh tones and started getting consumer feedback. Overwhelmingly, response was quite positive and we noticed that the movie characters not being flesh toned didn't seem quite right to us or to most of our (non-AFOL) consumers. So we modified our thinking about which figures would get flesh tone treatment.
So the answer is this: any minifig that is based on a real character (NBA player, movie actor, etc.) will be in the right coloring.
You might ask why not just continue to use yellow as the minifig color across the board. Fact is, Michael Jordan or Shaq as a yellow minifig doesn't make sense. Neither is yellow.
Among many people (mostly Caucasian), yellow = generic. But people of color tend to see yellow = Caucasian. So if we were to keep yellow for everyone who wasn't African-American, but change African-American figs, then we're clearing making the point that a) yellow = Caucasian, and b) LEGO mini-figs have always been Caucasian. (Although neither of those are true, that would be the perception by a majority of consumers who don't frequent FBTB)
Personally, and for what it's worth, I'm quite happy at this move. DUPLO figs have been multi-ethnic for years. And I like that we're moving into the new world instead of grasping to old school ideas.
And as a side note, yellow was selected decades ago when the first figs were being created.
Anyway, I'm sure there are those of you reading this who don't care what the reasons are, but just love the old school idea of yellow = generic. Like I said, I think it's the right thing to do, and I'm glad we made that choice. Only time will tell if it was the right one.
theJudeAbides wrote:You know, I tend to agree with whoever it was that wrote that. I have no problem with the flesh and dark colored minifigs and actually think they look better and more realistic than the yellow ones. I almost wish they'd convert entirely to flesh and dark colored figs for all lines.
Crusader wrote:If they were to switch over to flesh then you'd have to have every other knight be a minority be of some kind. Thus causing the AFOLS to complain that its not an accurate reflection of the European Middle Ages. And there would be non-stop whining that the one Lego princess released that year isn't a pacific islander or something. It would go on and on.
Draykov wrote:Other toy companies have represented race without being crucified...even in America.
legodavee123 wrote:Actually, the point was more the other-way-around-- that if LEGO started making fleshy figs, but did NOT represent a "proper" ethnic diversity in their lineup, THEN they might get crucified...Certainly, other companies pull this off successfully, so I'm sure LEGO is capable of doing so, and doing a fairly good job at it. But I wouldn't want to trivialize the process.
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