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Fair comment, there are dozens of toys aimed at girls on the shelves that do imply that girls have to wear make up & dress in a certain way to be accepted & popular and I agree that this is not right. I think the Lego friends home page is a problem and misleading, they have cartoonised and humanised the girls rather than make them look more like the (slightly oversized) mini figures they are. It is easy for parents sick of Bratz, Barbie, Polly Pocket et al to draw conclusions (myself included) and dismiss the product outright before even giving it a chance. I'll look forward to reading your review Sally
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2012 on Why I used to love LEGO at Who's the Mummy?
And my boy (8) missed out on a lot of parties at his previous school because he's not really into football or running around like a Tasmanian devil. Pink was his favourite colour until he started primary school and bowed to peer pressure. Now if you serve him food on his "favourite pink plate" he will accuse you of trying to poison him! I never told him pink was only for girls - society did! I think toys have actually come a long way since tin cars and china dolls and I think Lego is one of the champions of unisex toys along with playmobil and MB games. I think toy manufacturers are listening to parents , ELC began manufacturing their role-play household in primary colours so boys could play with "girls toys", but I think we are all going to have to accept that the division will always be there. At least now it is more socially acceptable to be seen in the supermarket with your son pushing a toy pram or for your daughter to go out dressed as Spiderman Flea is blessed to have a mother who embraces her preferences, who doesn't try to pigeonhole her, imagine if she was one of the other ten who's mother insisted she wear a dress!
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2012 on Why I used to love LEGO at Who's the Mummy?
Sorry but these "Lego friends" don't aspire to be wags at all they like computers, football and martial arts and want to be scientists engineers and journalists!
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2012 on Why I used to love LEGO at Who's the Mummy?
Well if Flea really hates the range we'll happily give it a loving home when you're done with it ;-) This has sparked an interesting conversation with my 7 year old Girl this evening... I asked her if she was a tomboy, she stood with her waist-long hair she refuses to cut or tie back and pink dog PJ's and answered without hesitation "yes" I then asked her if boys were better than girls to which she replied "no" - are girls better than boys then? "no" why? I asked her to which she shrugged and responded "they're just the same" I then settled down to read yet another painful chapter of "holly the Christmas fairy" from the rainbow fairies range which we have been 'reading' since september (and i cant make it go away). *sigh*
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2012 on Why I used to love LEGO at Who's the Mummy?
Ok - having only just heard about this range I admit to not knowing much about the "new female characters" that Lego have developed specifically with girls in mind. So I went back to look & noted that the sets included a tree house & invention workshop. I then looked at the profiles of each girl who listed their likes, hobbies, skills and ambitions as..... Inventing & building, reading maps, navigation by stars, science, hiking, photography, computers & computer games, soccer, sports, working outside, canoeing, playing drums, crafts & interior design, remodelling. Martial arts, theatre, drama, composing own songs. They wanted to be journalist or editor, animal psychologist, designer, singer songwriter and scientist or engineer! I couldn't actually see the parts that mentioned lip gloss, hair braids, hanging out at the mall or a desire to be the next Amy Childs I also think that the girls don't look over sexualised, scantily clad, tarty or overly curvatious at all It appears that Lego have done their homework and not only produced a range for girls but have included some positive role models into the mix. I don't think you are an idiot and you are no worse a parent than I am. You are right I don't know what it's like to be a tomboy or raise a tomboy, in the same way I suppose you could say that you don't know what it's like to raise a girly girl who loves all things pink. Just because some girls prefer princesses and ponies this doesn't mean that we are raising fragile non-ambitious women or that we agree with many of the toys aimed at girls and the negative messages they send out. But in this instance I don't think the Lego friends range are guilty as charged.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2012 on Why I used to love LEGO at Who's the Mummy?
Lego to me has always been unisex regardless of the colour or picture on the box. Which is why i may be missing the point a bit? My children play with toys, some happen to be pink & some happen to be blue but they play with what they choose, not what I vet for them. I don't deny my Girl a pretty impressive collection of little pet shops despite the fact I think they are grotesque and overpriced. There are parents out there that for whatever reason see Lego as a "boys toy" and not even a horsebox or campervan will encourage them to even consider purchasing a single brick for their little girl. All you have to do is look down the 'pink' aisle in any toy shop to see that companies are cashing in and just when you've taken out that second mortgage to complete your puppy in my pocket collection (including the puppy palace and the limited edition glitter ones) whammo - kitty in my pocket appears and the whole sorry saga begins again. Why is this any different? By Introducing this range Lego are tapping into that demographic. - Clever Lego!!! Just carry on as normal & ignore it. Rest assured there'll be a new Lego "power Atlantis ninja wars" range each year for those who don't like "girl toys".
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2012 on Why I used to love LEGO at Who's the Mummy?
I'm with Lego on this one. I think it is a great range but I have to say, I am ever so slightly disappointed quite simply because they don't have proper mini figures in them, making them look more like Polly pocket rip-offs than the iconic Lego range. Although she has never complained about the lack of 'girl' Lego I know my Girl will love them. We own a substantial range of Lego, which is enjoyed by all and it is nice to see something aimed specifically at girls. I would rather buy this for my Girl, knowing that it is compatible with the ££££ of Lego we already own rather than wasting my money on overpriced "collectables" such as little pet shop, zoobles, faries or (random animal) in my pocket - all of which have far more limited play than Lego.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2012 on Why I used to love LEGO at Who's the Mummy?
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