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Nick Martin | August 22nd, 2014 | Feature, LEGO, Rants

LEGO’s Girl Problem

What it is is beautiful

When the recent Research Institute set came out, there were a lot of people that were really excited to see it, both because it was a decent idea and because it was a set that could be used for positive role-model toy for girls. There were some people that weren’t, a lot to just indifference, but some that just get angry when you say the word “girl” without also including some derogatory reference. I assume that those people are registering on the site right now, just to complain without ever reading another word. Sadly, those comments won’t be approved until after the contest voting has wrapped up.

I have a vested interest in this, because I have a two-year-old daughter. She loves stuffed animals, Duplo, and Tonka trucks. I have a closet of Lego sets put away for her, and in all of them there are four female minifigs (three are in the Research Institute). There are some mini-dolls in there because I have a few Friends sets in there too (the ones I didn’t part out for myself, because the part selection in Friends is fantastic).

The Ideas sets this year are a rare and welcome exception

The Ideas sets this year are a rare and welcome exception

Let me be very clear… I’m talking about the gender imbalance in LEGO sets. There are plenty of other things we could call out about LEGO… the lack of diversity, the problem with how certain ethnicities are portrayed (or not), the lack of handicap figures (which I find surprising primarially for much LEGO does to donate to hospitals where the “just like you” factor could make a big difference).  These are things that I think should be talked about too, but I’m only going to pick one fight at a time.

Leia and Lando

This was all the diversity there was in the original trilogy…

I’m also aware that the problem is much bigger than Lego. The idea of equality, especially gender equality, just unleashes a whole heap of stupid inside the nerd realm. Lego is part of that, which means it’s just a reflection of the bigger problem. Except Lego isn’t just a nerd property, and it isn’t just licensed sets. It’s a kids toy. I could write many, many articles about the problem with the entire girls toys vs. boys toys, or the problem with pinkifying to make something “girl friendly,” and I have posted stuff like that on the forums… but Lego is loved by girls and boys, and that’s where the problem is.

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Ace Kim | July 12th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, News

SDCC Build-a-Bilbo Activity

Map of ComicCondor

Yesterday, we revealed the Bilbo Baggins minifig you get to build today. Today we’re going to show you the two extras you get for the acivity. First up is a map of ComicCondor you use to go to the other booths to get the invidual minifig elements that make up Bilbo. There were four in total: LEGO’s booth (you start here to collect the map, the bag, and the hair element), Mondo to get the legs, Weta to get the head and Warner Bros. to get the body. The other piece you get is a cloth pouch with a tag with the LEGO Hobbit logo on one side and the other has the Comic Con logo with the words “2012 Exclusive”. The Bilbo Baggins minifig is identical to the one you’ll get this December in a set. It’s the map and the little pouch that are truly exclusive.

This was a pretty limited event as there were not a lot of maps and pouches to go around and you couldn’t get any of the other elements without the map. Each of the locations marked the map with a sticker to show that the piece was collected. So people who came late were out of luck.

Bilbo and Pouch - 1 Bilbo and Pouch - 2
Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | November 11th, 2010 | LEGO, LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

New LEGO “Stuff” at Think Geek

THINK GEEK

Just got a newsletter from Think Geek showing some cool new LEGO-themed products. 21 new games, sets, and accessories have been added, including:

    >Collectible Minifigs Series 1 and 2
    >Minifig Keychain Light
    >LEGO 2×4 Brick Keychain Light
    >Minifig Torch Light
    >LEGO Star Wars Alarm Clock
    >LEGO Brick Alarm Clock
    >LEGO (Star Wars) Minifig Alarm Clock
    >LEGO Brick Light

Not sure why the Minifig Torch Light has no pants. Anyway, these are some cool items that you can use to proudly display your LEGO geek-ness, wake up on time, and illuminate dark areas.

Also, if you order by tomorrow at 11:59 PM ET(November 12), use the promo code BACONTRANCE to get $10 off orders of $40 or more.

Ryan "chief" Wood | November 9th, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

White Boba Fett’s White Slave I

Check out Joel Baker‘s gorgeous white Slave 1, a companion piece to the Ralph McQuarrie-inspired white Boba Fett minifig:

White Slave 1
Ryan "chief" Wood | October 13th, 2010 | MOC Spotlight, Off Topic

Precious Moments

Father & Son

Consider this dad’s heartstrings tugged. Flickr user Pedro Venzini snapped this shot of a father and son settings their weapons down and spending quality time together.

While I head off to play with my boys this would be a great time for you, dear Bothans, to check out more Star Wars Lego photography by Pedro!

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | October 22nd, 2009 | News, Sales News

[US] Toys’R’Us Cooking Something Up Sweet for Black Friday?

UPDATE: Allow me to apologize for allowing my own fanboy excitement to possibly make this out to be more than it ever was. Apparently, as a strictly LEGO Star Wars collector, who doesn’t collect other Star Wars items like others, I read “figure” and thought “minifigure” while others thought “action figure”. And that that makes sense, since TRU stocks an exclusive Commander Ponds action figure. As it appears at this moment, Home One will likely be coming free with the action figure and not a new minifigure. How a LEGO set and action figure together make a desirable combination, I don’t know, but if that’s your cup of tea then Black Friday will still be good to you.  If you drink some other brew, until there is further information to the contrary available, you all can file this under the proverbial “kool-aid” folder.

As your resident Sales & Deals guru, I am doing my research to help you all save money on our favorite plastic obsession, including this fall on Black Friday–the mother of all shopping days. I came across a really interesting something in an early release of Toys’R’Us’s Black Friday ad that I know you all would want to know:

LEGO Star Wars: The Clone Wars Fan’s Vote Anniversary Edition – Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser (7754)
Our Price: $109.99
FREE Star Wars Commander Ponds figure with purchase!

What? The Home One is not, I repeat not, on sale, but it comes with a cool gift apparently! What I read into this is that if you buy a 7754 you get something else more, a minifig! Is this minifig a mini-set, or just parts? Who knows. It is a vague text-only bit of intriguing information. Help us in the community learn more about this and I’ll update you as details come in. Be sure to comment on this post’s related discussion topic in the “Finds” forum.