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?