In the 1970s and 80s, when my brother and I were building elaborate cities with colorful plastic bricks on our bedroom floors, the Lego figurines who inhabited our urban centers were all topped with the same yellow heads with two dots for eyes and a rainbow of a smile. Today the Danish toy company makes a wide array of figures with different facial expressions and a team of New Zealand researchers has discovered that a growing number feature angry faces. Bartneck and his team analyzed the Lego heads produced between 1975 and 2010, taking a close look at a representative sample of 628 expressions, according to NBC News.
Yes, this might all seem a little ridiculous and you might wonder who even notices those tiny faces, but as a mother of a son who played Lego for four hours straight yesterday, I was intrigued by this study.
This afternoon I decided to sort through my son’s Legos and take a look at the figurine faces. My son went on to tell me the Legos that he plays with at his grandparents’ house, which are the plastic blocks my brother and I snapped together as kids in the 70s, “don’t have a lot of fighting so the people are happier.” And he’s right. All of that said, I think it would be far-fetched to say that today’s mean-faced Lego figurines are responsible for unhappiness among America’s youth. And he’s right, at the end of the day what really matters is whether mom and dad are wearing smiles on their faces—because ultimately parents have the biggest influence on their kids. Here’s a shout-out to a few guest builders: LEGO Concept Lab designer John Henry Harris built the mountain topper where the waterfall begins, designer Mark Cowley made the floating island, and the gray well at the left is by LEGO fan Michael Thomas, one of the fans who submitted LEGO Minecraft to the LEGO CUUSOO site — where this all began! We used the stock LEGO Minecraft Micro World set as a centerpiece, and built the rest of the model using the 6?6 modular system that you’ll get with your set!


Will each set come with instructions on how to build each of the sets above show in the picture? Filed Under: Jewelry, Party, Roundup, Things I've Made, Toys, Toys and Accessories, Trinkets, Tutorial, Uncategorized About Ashley HackshawLiving a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC.
Even when my brother decided an earthquake must strike and I shrieked in horror as our skyscraper came crashing down, all the two-inch figures remained happy in Pleasantville. The researchers are concerned that all of these grumpy and sneering faces could impact children’s moods and the way they play. He told me that the figurines feature angry faces because, “There’s a lot of fighting in the Lego sets. The sets my brother and I played with were gender-neutral and meant to build houses, hotels, fire stations, shops, cafes.
Bringing back the smiley faced Lego guys certainly isn’t the answer to solving kids’ struggles with depression and anger. Each box also comes with a new-style orange Brick Separator that has a wedge to help you get all of the little 1?1 tiles apart.
Use the same technique to make keychains or leather pendants for party favors for boys or girls….or Christmas ornaments!
The company introduced a variety of faces in the 1990s, and by the mid-1990s about 80 percent of the figures wore happy expressions.


He has all the little pieces—the hats and helmets, swords and guns, pants and tops—sorted in a fishing tackle box, and he carefully chooses pieces when he assembles a figurine. But I do think these cranky guys are part of a larger trend among today’s children’s toy figurines, dolls, TV characters, and more. The Lego people grew progressively crankier and by 2010 only 50 percent of the figurines expressed cheerfulness.
After completing a figure, he often sticks it in his pocket and carries the guy around for the day, talking to it in the backseat of the car, making it act out scenes at the breakfast table. In all of these sets, good is fighting evil and the figurines come with mean- and fierce-looking faces as well as a lots of weapons. In the girl-oriented toys and characters, we’re seeing a lot more attitude and brattiness and with the more boyish toys we’re seeing more violence and conflict—and all of this is resulting in our kids seeing a lot more angry faces.
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