Why I actually like the new Lego Friends

Olivia's Treehouse is my children's favorite

I don’t often try to strike controversy on my blog, but after all the backlash I keep reading on the new Legos Friends, I got fed up and decided it was time to voice a different opinion.

Honestly, I think they are a great idea, and my children do as well (Yes, you read that right. My son thinks they are cool too!). I am a big time Lego enthusiast. In fact, I took some of my collection to college with and played with them on occasion with some of my  friends. I feed my children’s Lego addiction whenever I can. However, there were times when I was a child, (and mind you I was that girl who loved Star Wars, He-Man, Thundercats, and comic books) that I just wanted to build a house with my Legos and fill it with furniture. I would have loved sets like these as a kid.

My children do not look at these Legos so much as “girl Legos” but as more sets to add to their collections. My son really loves the Lego City series and thought some of the sets could fill the gaps in his town. My daughter requested some of the sets along with some Star Wars ones, something about the Tree House being a really cool place for the Ewoks to live. So really, what is the big deal?

Yes, they are pastel, and yes, and the figures are different. However, if my children don’t see them as being solely “Girl Legos,” than maybe other kids don’t as well. As for those girls who think these Legos are girly Legos, well maybe that is not such a bad thing after all. Maybe this will get them building, and while they are building, they find they like playing with building toys.

I really do understand the whole point about wanting gender equality and trying to get children to not get put into stereotyped boxes. I encourage my children to just be children. My 8-year-old son loves Cabbage Patch Kids, so he plays with them. My daughter wanted to be General Grievous from Star Wars for Halloween, so guess what she was for Halloween? However, my son likes to play Pokemon and action figures. My daughter has a love for Barbies, and her Barbies do not get turned into characters from Star Wars, Dune, or other films that I did not have action figures for (or maybe did but just thought Ken made a really cool Han Solo anyways).

So yeah, that is pretty much how I feel about the whole Lego controversy. What are your thoughts about the new Lego Friends?

 

6 thoughts on “Why I actually like the new Lego Friends

  1. I love the Lego Friends–I agree with you–they are not just for girls. I saw many boys at Toys R Us this weekend happily building a Lemonade Stand set that was created to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
    Plus I was happy for their to be Legos that appealed to my daughter–she loves building, creating and role playing with dolls. So what if it is pink or purple? She likes it and who am I to change her mind?

  2. I love them! My niece just turned 9 and I gave her the cafe set, her mom got her the treehouse set for her birthday. She had the basic lego set and wanted other sets, but wasn’t interested in the Star Wars sets or the City sets that her brothers have. The Lego Friends sets are interchangable with other legos, with the only big difference we noticed was the design of the female figurines. I am all for equal rights and empowering girls. I hardly think pink and purple legos is going to make a negative impact on little girls. I would buy them for my son if he wanted them (although he’s still a bit too young to enjoy them yet.)
    Great post!

  3. Personally? I love them. My daughter is a girly girl. She doesn’t like Star Wars and Harry Potter, aliens or Atlantis so that hasn’t left much to choose from on the Lego shelf. She is thrilled with the new Friends sets and purchased her 1st one this past weekend with her birthday money. I’m happy she found a Lego kit that appeals to her. With 2 brothers in the house, if she wants to play with “girl” toys vs “boy” toys, I’m all for it.

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