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Unveiling of The LEGO Movie sets!

by admin on November 16, 2013

in LEGO Movie 1 & 2

LEGO has been gradually unveiling The LEGO Movie sets at their website in a pretty creative way. All the sets are pictures, but with a red cloth over them. As we are getting closer to the official release, LEGO literally unveils one set at a time by taking off the red cloth. Today we will look at The LEGO Movie sets; both those that have already been revealed on LEGO’s website, and those that are still under wraps (thanks to the updated Brickset database we can take a peek). So let’s see what we got! 🙂

The LEGO Movie Sets

#70800 THE LEGO MOVIE – ESCAPE GLIDER: A smaller, Western-themed set with two robot badguys (Robo Sheriff and Robo Deputy), a horse, and Emmet with a glider. Notice the  mustache of one of the robots – which is a new piece – and the new color chicken on top of the weather-vane (I assume it suppose to be a rooster this time).

#70800 The LEGO Movie Set

#70801 THE LEGO MOVIE – MELTING ROOM: Another small set. Emmet doesn’t seem to be happy about whatever is happening here, and looks like Wyldstyle is in the middle of rescuing him from one of the robots. Notice Wyldstyle’s hood! Very sweet!

#70801 The LEGO Movie Set

#70802 THE LEGO MOVIE – POLICE PURSUIT: A medium-ish set where Emmet is in trouble again; this time with the police (Bad Cop) and two police alligators! The police vehicle reminds me of the ones in the now retired LEGO Space Police III sets.

#70802 The LEGO Movie Set

#70803 THE LEGO MOVIE – CLOUD CUCKOO PALACE: Revel with Unikitty in Cloud Cuckoo Land, the happiest, most positive and creative place in the universe! Join Emmet, Wyldstyle and all the master builders in this multi-colored playful paradise where the sun is always shining and a cute snail glides between the bright flowers. But beware! Unbeknown to Emmet, there’s a tracking device on his leg and Lord Business’ Executron has trailed him to the palace and is ready to handcuff him. Shoot flowers from the flower catapult to fend him off and help Emmet and Wyldstyle make a getaway! Includes 3 minifigures and accessories: Emmet, Wyldstyle and Executron, and 2 figures: Unikitty and a snail.

#70803 The LEGO Movie Set

#70804 THE LEGO MOVIE – ICE MACHINE: Another medium-size set with an ice-cream truck that transforms into a mech. I really like the look of this one. Shooting ice-cream? Yeah, bring it on! The three minifigures included are an ice-cream guy, ice-cream girl and a jogger.

#70804 The LEGO Movie Set

#70805 THE LEGO MOVIE – WASTE CRUSHER: What a great set! Who would not want a transforming garbage-truck with a giant mouth and big teeth? Minifigs included are a garbage-truck driver, a garbage collector, and a chef.

#70805 The LEGO Movie Set

#70806 THE LEGO MOVIE – CASTLE CAVALRY: Okay, so this is some kind of a small castle outpost that transforms into a viper… very strange indeed! Minifigs included are two crown-knights and a jogger. Also notice that this is another set where a black box-shaped robot is chasing some innocent citizen.

#70806 The LEGO Movie Set

#70807 THE LEGO MOVIE – METALBEARD’S DUEL: Arrr, me hearties! MetalBeard lost his body parts in a previous battle with Lord Business, but has rebuilt himself from old ship scraps to become more powerful than ever. Now, the giant Micro Manager is challenging him. Grab the pirate sword from the holster on his back and fire the cannons on his left arm. Protect his prized parrot and the treasure-chest containing his body parts, and act fast before the Micro Manager fires missiles and grabs the construction foreman with its claws. Includes 3 minifigures: Robo Skeleton, Robo SWAT, and Frank the Foreman.

#70807 The LEGO Movie Set

#70808 THE LEGO MOVIE – SUPER CYCLE CHASE: No time to waste! Use your Master Builder skills to help Wyldstyle assemble a two-seater, flaming-fast dragster from the materials she collects. Help Emmet to escape from the Robo SWATs. Rev up the engine to jump over the spike strip road block and speed away. Dodge the Robo Police guns and their 4×4 SWAT car’s flick missiles and deadly dynamite. Includes 5 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Emmet, Wyldstyle and 3 Robo SWATs.

#70808 The LEGO Movie Set

#70809 THE LEGO MOVIE – LORD BUSINESS’ EVIL LAIR: Bwahahahaha! Welcome to Lord Business’ Evil Lair! Record his broadcasts in the TV studio and plot how to control the world from the office. Lever open the large door and unleash the Kragle. Trap the Master Builders in the think-tank to extract their creativity. Dodge the trapdoor to avoid being sent spiraling into infinity then pull the plug on the battery and shut down the think tank before Lord Business carries out his evil plan! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Emmet, Vitruvius, Ma Cop, Pa Cop, Lord Business and wrestler/Master Builder, El Macho, and BiznisKitty figure.

#70809 The LEGO Movie Set

#70811 THE LEGO MOVIE – PLUMBER VAN: Another vehicle that transforms into a mech – this time a plumber van – chasing after a black box robot, who is chasing after a citizen.

#70811 The LEGO Movie Set

#70812 THE LEGO MOVIE – WESTERN PLANE: There is so much happening here we really have to see the movie to make sense of all of it (or at least get the official written description). Looks interesting for sure!

#70812 The LEGO Movie Set

#70813 THE LEGO MOVIE – FIRE HELICOPTER: A fire helicopter that transforms into a mech! What more could we ask for? I really like the look of these transforming vehicles!

#70813 The LEGO Movie Set

Then there are of course also The LEGO Movie collectible minifigs, but we have talked about them already (see: LEGO Collectible Minifigs Series 12 Details). So what do you think? How do you like The LEGO Movie sets so far? They kind of remind me of an earlier LEGO theme that was also quite crazy called LEGO Time Cruisers. Yes? No? Are you looking forward to The LEGO Movie and the upcoming sets and minifigures? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below. I’m curious to hear your thoughts! 😉

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Fikko3107 November 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

I think that garbage truck is based on David Pagano’s winning entry to the ReBrick LEGO Movie competition.

And Cuusoo sets aside, Metalbeard is at the top of my list…

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admin November 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Yes, I thought of that too but wasn’t sure. Interesting that I’m also mainly looking forward to CUUSOO sets next year. And Metalbeard is one crazy set it is impossible not to get! 😛

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Fikko3107 November 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

I was tempted in London to buy up the CUUSOO sets. I ended up buying them…Now I have all CUUSOO sets, minus Shinkai, and if you exclude the two new Minecrafts, since they don’t really carry the “CUUSOO” name. I’m not completely excited for the Rover, but I can’t miss Peter Reid’s Exo-Suit!

I like Metalbeard due to the fact that he is very unorthodox, very irregular and not at all symmetrical. It also gives a rather Steampunk-y vibe. After looking at it again though, I find his left leg rather ugly…But I’m a Mech fan, and hey, two shooting cannons!

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Zubashi November 16, 2013 at 5:03 PM

I agree. I like his left leg as it’s a peg leg.

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admin November 16, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Yeah, I’m very excited about the exo-suit also. Can hardly wait! I hope Mark Stafford is going to work on it. He is one of my favorite LEGO designers and excellent at robots, mechs, etc. As far as Metalbeard pirates are not known for being pretty! :mrgreen:

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Fikko3107 November 17, 2013 at 7:35 AM

It has been confirmed that Mark Stafford WILL be the one to work on it. I think he’s the most capable person to do the MOC justice without Illegal Techniques…

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admin November 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM

That’s great to hear! 😀

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NinjaMelissa November 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I love how everything is going after Emmit! These sets look awesome!

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Chi-bacca November 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

I like the look of pretty much all of these but my top ones are
The fire mech
Super cycle chase (that swat car is epic!! 😀 )
Metalbeards duel
Police pursuit
One question though, do the vehicles actually transform? And if so is it by different instructions?

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Fikko3107 November 16, 2013 at 3:07 PM

It seems so, yes. But the instructions are probably available online, or in the sets themselves.

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admin November 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

I think the instructions will be in the sets as the transformation is a pretty integral part. I was following a discussion on Brickset and it seems like at this point it is not clear if the sets transform, or you need to rebuild them. Or maybe it is a combination of both! 😀

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Skywalker488 December 21, 2013 at 5:13 AM

I think the sets will incude instructions for the normal variant,and to build the mech you need to use your creativity, just like in the movie!

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admin November 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM

I’m not sure yet if they actually transform, or you just rebuild them to the mech version. I would love if they would transform, it would be awesome, but rebuilding would be great too. 😀

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Fikko3107 November 17, 2013 at 7:43 AM

I’m pretty sure they’re not all Mechs. In my opinion, 70804 turns to an Ice Cream Truck (Yay!) 70805 turns to a normal Garbage Truck, 70806 into a castle-y building, 70811 into a Plumber Van, 70812 into a Saloon and a Food Stand, and 70813 into a fire truck and a…I can’t figure out what that little vehicle in 70813 can turn into. A windmill, perhaps? I think Metalbeard might be able to become a boat, but I think it’s too much of a long-shot, considering he had appeared as a giant robot in the trailers.

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~Brick November 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Amazing! Too much for me to write down about these sets…but the fact we get a SWAT vest, and new guns!!! WOW!

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admin November 16, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Yeah, the S.W.A.T. west has been long overdue! 😀

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Håkan November 16, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Overall, I really like the moods of these sets (although money, time and space would prevent me from buying and building any). A lot of it seems to take inspiration from 8-10-year old kids building stuff at random. One thing I really like is how in Cloud Cuckoo Land and Ice Machine; pinkish, girlish subjects are being integrated into a boy’s action world. I like that crossover thinking.

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Lorca Strand November 16, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I have to say, the Super Cycle Chase is my absolute favorite.

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Lorca Strand November 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I like that LEGO is having more progressive, crossover sets rather than strict gender roles. But, why didn’t they just do it in the beginning?
It would have saved some feminist groups a lot of worry.

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Håkan November 17, 2013 at 6:34 AM

In the beginning (like 50’s-60’s), Lego was actually more crossover than today. The boy-girl split started to appear around the 80’s-90’s.

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Fikko3107 November 17, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Need I mention “Classic Pirates”, “Western” and “Star Wars”?

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Håkan November 17, 2013 at 9:07 AM

These are mostly boy-oriented, conflict-based themes appearing in the 90’s and later. Sorry, I don’t understand your point.

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Lorca Strand November 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

I think we need to ask this question: Why are conflict-related themes necessarily viewed upon as “boy-themes”?
Can’t girls play with Ninjago just as boys can?

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admin November 17, 2013 at 6:33 PM

I think it has to do with the differing natural tendencies of boys and girls. It is not like girls can’t or won’t play with Ninjago, but they will most likely explore the theme differently. While boys will often break into battle once they build the sets and characters, girls tend to focus on the relationship of the characters and adding further detailing to the set to make it nicer.

Boys and girls also view the characters differently. If you read the comments in the LEGO Ninjago section of this blog you will notice girls sharing about “falling in love” with a certain character. On the otherhand boys will likely choose the character that has the coolest weapons and super-powers.

So while boys and girls can certainly play with the same sets, conflict-based sets usually appeal to boys. More developed themes like Ninjago where there are many different characters (including girls) and a whole story behind them, will most likely appeal to both boys and girls – but for different reasons. 😉

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Lorca Strand November 18, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I think it is unfair to pigeon-hole girls and boys and make laws about who has what behavior and who reacts to what. For example: I found a number of topics labeled things like “coolest nindroid weapon” etc. all penned by girls. On the other hand, there are a number of boys posting around the Friends section.

Also, I think these “natural tendencies” are purely cultural and social, not at all natural or instinctual.

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admin November 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Lorca, I haven’t heard of any laws about boys and girls behaviour and what toys they can play with. It is true though that the subject has been studied extensively, and the older children are the more conditioned they become by society. However children definitely have natural tendencies as well. It is not within the scope of a LEGO blog to talk child-psychology, nor am I an expert on the subject. I can only speak from personal experience; I have five brothers, 3 sisters, and a gazillion cousins, plus a bunch of adults in the family are in the teaching field – so there is good sample study material right there. 😉

Going back to LEGO however the main point is that there is absolutely no restriction by the LEGO company on age and gender for playing with any of their LEGO sets. They make every attempt to create products for all age groups (little kids, big kids, tweens, teens, adults), no matter what is their gender or their interest. In addition, LEGO is a toy company. It is not their job to change social patterns and behaviours that already exists. As far as making toys that are actually creative, inspiring and educational for all, they are doing a better job than most in their industry. If we want to talk about gender stereotyping I think Barbie and G.I.Joe would be a much better example than innocent LEGO bricks. 🙄

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Lorca Strand November 18, 2013 at 5:33 PM

You’re right in the sense that it is not within The LEGO Group’s power to change grand societal notions. However, even if they don’t actually put an explicit gender restriction on a product, it is still implied which gender the product is intended for. For example, Friends is obviously marketed toward girls. If LEGO were neutral in this issue, they would create neutral themes without the societal indications of that gender.

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admin November 18, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Lorca, in my experience almost all LEGO sets are gender-neutral. Especially the staple LEGO themes that has been around since the very beginning; LEGO City, LEGO Castle, LEGO Creator, traditional brick-boxes, etc. …these sets cater to both boys and girls (and don’t forget adults – we don’t want to be left out either!). The difference between them is more based on interest rather than gender – whis is appropriate for a building-toy.

And then there are licensed themes, and it really depends on who the movie or TV show is appealing to; again, not based on gender, but on interest. Now, of course, if the movie itself is gender specific that is not LEGO’s fault, but most LEGO licenses are actually quite neutral in this regard with fans of both genders. There are also several LEGO themes that are excellent themselves (i.e. Prince of Persia, The Lone Ranger) but they are based on a movie that flopped. Savvy LEGO fans won’t pay attention to such minor detail as a bad movie though; they will go after well-designed sets. 😉

As far as LEGO Friends, this has been LEGO’s grand (and also risky) experiment. Girls who are already into LEGO had no problem finding sets that they could play with. And LEGO has been getting better with providing plenty of female characters in all themes. However LEGO for a long time has been trying to figure out how to attract girls who are more “girly” – if you know what I mean. Both myself and other writers discussed this topic at length in previous articles.

So far it seems like LEGO Friends has been a hit with the target audience. LEGO did a good job with creating sets that are not nauseatingly pink, but instead use beautiful pastel colors with purple and yellow being most prominent. Also the characters are quite varied; they are into science, sports, animals, music… it’s a good mix. By releasing LEGO Friends LEGO is in no way implying that now all girls should be switching over to LEGO Friends. Girls who are already into the other LEGO themes can continue enjoying those themes. LEGO has 20-30 different well developed line of products at any given time – there is plenty to choose from.

If anybody is having issues or confusion about LEGO Friends it is adults. Kids are quite clear if they want to try out LEGO Friends or not. However now that we have LEGO sets that are “for girls”, the real issue may become that parents and grandparents will feel this is what they “should” be buying for their girls and this is what their girls “should” be playing with. However, again, this is not LEGO’s fault, but the fault of society.

Every company has to walk a fine line between what they want to do – their ideals, their goals – and what people and society demands. It is not an easy proposition. All companies who are actually creating quality products and have some principles run into this dilemma. They know what is best, but if people don’t want to buy it, they have to compromise, educate, and find a middle ground to meet their customers. If they don’t, there are plenty of others who are willing to take their place…

LK2 November 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Gotta agree. My sister hates friends, but, loves castle. Infact, she really likes realistic looking animals, but, I have fought a few LEGO battles with my pirate ships with her! 😀
I think it depends on the person, really.

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Håkan November 18, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Disregarding the Nature Vs . Nurture argument, if we compare vehicle- and conflict-based themes vs. house modeling/ socializing-themes (roughly), there are no reasons why one theme should be put aside and pigeonholed in relation to another.

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admin November 18, 2013 at 5:21 PM

In my experience all LEGO themes have some sets that appeal to different people. Except maybe Technic. Technic very specifically targets LEGO fans who are into mechanic and techincal stuff. My Dad was always trying to get me into Technic when I was little and the theme didn’t appeal to me at all. Pretty much every other LEGO theme I can mould (read; re-build) into my liking. 🙂

Lorca Strand November 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Reply to admin:

If LEGO was truly neutral, they would not market to “girly” girls or “boyish” boys. Instead, they would produce sets/themes such as City, Castle, Technic, etc. that act as a “blank canvas”, which would mean that your perception and how you play with a set would mean what the theme is. If you are a “girly girl” than you see girly things in your Gatehouse Raid. If you are a “boyish boy” than you see more conflict and war in the set. It depends on your perception, really.

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Lorca Strand November 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

I also agree that it is instilling gender guidelines on future generations. Perhaps LEGO could avoid that if they went with my above mentioned “blank canvas” plan. It would also be more consistent with GCK’s Watchwords.

Lorca Strand November 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

And lastly,
while LEGO should not market to “girly” or “boyish” children, You are right in the sense that it is partially out of their hands. Take 70500 Kai’s Fire Mech, for instance. On Walmart, their is no gender category mentioned, leaving it open for people to decide. On Kmart, however, gender is clearly marked “BOYS” and the item is tagged under “BOYS TOYS”. This is not LEGO’s decision, and LEGO can do almost nothing about it. What they can do, though, is minimize gender affiliation with more neutral, “blank canvas” sets.

admin November 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Lorca, I think that is exactly the crux of the matter. Girly girls did stay away from LEGO – and that’s the code LEGO was trying to crack. Girly girls didn’t pick up the Gatehouse Raid and turn it into a kitchen for their dolls, nor were they interested in the traditional gender neutral LEGO sets – which, as we discussed, there are plenty to choose from. Being a girly girl is just as legitimate as being a tomboy or child who ignores gender differences. Again; with LEGO Friends, LEGO simply added an other line of products to their 30+ LEGO themes. They have plenty of gender neutral sets to choose from. Those who don’t like LEGO Friends can completely ignore it even exists and still be fully immmersed in the LEGO hobby. 😉

Bohrok Tru November 17, 2013 at 1:55 AM

the SUPER CYCLE CHASE is epic!!!!

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LegoUniverse Bob November 17, 2013 at 5:18 AM

A list of my faves to least-faves :

1. Ice-Machine/Waste Crusher! They’re both too awesome!!!I’m getting both definetly!

2.Fire Helicopter/Fire Mech its the one set with the fire mech at the end

3.Castle Cavalry

4.Super Cycle Chase

5.Lord Business’ Evil Lair

6.MetalBeard’s Duel

7.Plumber Van

8.Western Plane

9.Escape Glider

10.Cuckoo Palace

11.Police Purcuit

12.Melting Room

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LegoUniverse Bob November 17, 2013 at 5:21 AM

a long one, isnt it?

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admin November 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Yeah, so many of them are so awesome! This is going to be a great line! 😀

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Kristina November 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Emmet is screaming in terror in every set. Poor guy.
I wonder if his head is printed on the back with another expression?
Even in the minifigs he has a “Hey!” face with his mouth open. We can check and see if he still has his tonsils.

I can’t wait for the movie and all these sets!
Need to find the money to buy and a place to put them.

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admin November 18, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Yeah, poor Emmet! Looks like he is not really up to the task to save the world but he is forced into it. See if he will be able to rise to the task. I’m looking forward to the movie too! 🙂

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ninja of stealth November 18, 2013 at 12:52 PM

when do these sets come out? also these sets are so awesome!!! and random. what’s with the random civilians?

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admin November 18, 2013 at 5:17 PM

They are coming out next year. Right before the movie. 😉

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admin November 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Lorca, I have no idea what GCK’s Watchwords are. According to Wikipedia GCK refers to an airport, an enzyme, or a government college. 😕

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admin November 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Lorca, as you mention, there is nothing LEGO can do about others marketing their toys, and they already have plenty of gender neutral sets that could be marketed to either boys or girls or both. In addition they also have sets that appeal to kids who are into science, technology or robotics. Sets that appeal to movie fans like LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Lord of the Rings. And LEGO sets based on iconic characters like LEGO Super Heroes.

I don’t see why there is a problem with also adding a line of products for girls who are more interested in social interactions, cute animals, and a whole array of sweet accesories that never existed before. Again, LEGO Friends is ONE line amongst over 30 different LEGO line of products. If someone doesn’t like them they can ignore them. There are plenty of other LEGO sets to choose from. 🙂

LEGO Friends has been incredibly successful since its release. It brought a whole new group of children into the world of LEGO who were previously not interested in a building toy. To ignore these children, or force them into LEGO themes that they are not interested in (including gender neutral sets), would be just as unfair as any other discrimination. Celebrating our differences is NOT discrimination. It is ackowledging the beautiful variety of life and allowing people to be themselves – this includes children (and adults) who like LEGO Friends. 😉

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Ike November 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM

I totally agree. Girls and boys are naturally different, and LEGO is celebrating that difference with themed toys.
“To ignore these children, or force them into LEGO themes that they are not interested in (including gender neutral sets), would be just as unfair as any other discrimination.”
Precisely.
(Woah… the comments are blue!)

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admin November 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Blue comments just mean I, as the admin, wrote them. They show up as a blue line when I respond to someone in a thread. However if I comment outside of a thread the whole comment will show up as blue. I try to avoid this and reserve blue comments for important updates and announcements on a post, but when a tread gets 10 comments deep it automatically starts a new thread and will show up as blue. I didn’t notice we went that “deep” in the tread, but this is a deep conversation. 😛

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