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  1. Holly
    Holly January 17, 2009 at 1:39 pm |

    Gasp! You think minifigs are stupid? *cry*

    I’m not sure I like the faceless 2×2-brick-head people better. But the fact is, there just aren’t enough brown heads in production yet (they were only introduced in 2004) to do this crowd justice. They did use minifig hands, though.

  2. Badger3k
    Badger3k January 17, 2009 at 2:11 pm |

    That is cool – wish I had a fortune and room to make something like that. Loved dioramas as a kid (and as an adult, I still like seeing them). My only question: How did they get a Lego-swastika for Rick Warren?

  3. Holly
    Holly January 17, 2009 at 2:22 pm |

    Wow. Just wow. With those words you’ve denigrated practically every Lego set since 1974: thirty-five years of fun, childhood play. Lego castles, Lego pirate ships, Lego moon landers. I guess none of that matters to you, huh Cara? If that realy is your name! What matters to you is your puritanical devotion, maintaining the quasi-religious edict that bricks can only be rectangular, faceless and abstract! Our world isn’t a pure place, Cara. Not everything in a child’s heart can be represented at 90 degrees!

  4. Holly
    Holly January 17, 2009 at 3:38 pm |

    Hah, shows what you know! Minifigs are not already built! They have to be put together from many different parts: a head, a torso, two arms, two hands, legs, and optionally a hairpiece or hat, hand-held accessories, a backpack or cape or other back-wear, and shoes or snowshoes that go on their feet! Minifigs are a thousand times more constructable than Barbie dolls or GI Joes or well, ANY dolls really, and I guess by “these days” you mean “far longer than any of us have been alive.” Minifigs parts use standard Lego connections, which is why many children choose to make monstrous minifigs with multiple torsos and like seventeen heads! You can build walls with minifig body parts, like some kind of horrible H.R. Giger fantasy! It’s educational!

    Did you even play with Legos when you were a kid? I’d think you would know this if you did. Face it — you can’t compete with me, I worked there for three years and I’ve eaten in every single Legoland Hotel restaurant in existence. Why the hell do the Danes make little open-faced sandwiches out of everything? Why?

  5. Felicity
    Felicity January 17, 2009 at 3:49 pm |

    She’s right, Cara, you can take ‘em apart and put ‘em together. Give your cop bright red pants or make bizarre Luke Skywalker/Robin Hood hybrids.

    In other news, this post totally threw me off. It was at the top of the Feministe page in my Google Reader, and my brain decided I’d clicked on BoingBoing instead of Feministe. So when I started reading the next article down, I was so pleasantly surprised at the unabashedly feminist commentary! From BoingBoing! Who wrote this? Cara…wait a second…

  6. Lauren
    Lauren January 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm |

    Zoing! The kid in the next room (my kid, actually) is playing with little Lego people who have flames and plants growing out of the tops of their heads. And they’re the good guys.

    Cara, don’t you know the sets with the minifigs are the BEST ONES?

  7. Isabel
    Isabel January 17, 2009 at 3:59 pm |

    Cara, I think you’re really showing your not-made-of-plastic privilege here. Not everyone is so lucky as you are to have DNA and cells and a pulse; these things are beyond the reach of most, if not all, minifigs. Furthermore minifigs have historically been marginalized and voiceless because they have no voice boxes or mouths. Do you really want to contribute to that oppression?

  8. Isabel
    Isabel January 17, 2009 at 4:02 pm |

    but in seriousness, cara, you actually played with legos as far as i can tell the exact same way i did. i could sit for hours piling a four-walled house higher and higher and then adding like a bed and a couch and maybe a fridge. the window & door legs were probably my favorite things in lego-existence, and maybe the palm trees. i actually to this day vaguely associate lego houses with florida because all of mine had palm trees. like seriously though, who wanted to build spaceships or trucks or boats or whatever when you could make A PLAIN EMPTY BUILDING??? with LOTS OF DIFFERENT COLORS???

  9. YouGoGirl
    YouGoGirl January 17, 2009 at 4:18 pm |

    I am quickly becoming addicted to this blog…

    I must defend the minifigs, however, as my deluxe LEGO mansion would not have been complete without my favorite characters: any LEGO person with a clown hat. anyone remember those things? they fascinated me…

  10. Lauren
    Lauren January 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm |

    like seriously though, who wanted to build spaceships or trucks or boats or whatever when you could make A PLAIN EMPTY BUILDING??? with LOTS OF DIFFERENT COLORS???

    My style too.

    But then I dated an artist who could take a pile of Legos and turn them into, like, a gigantic H.R. Giger robot chicken with working T-Rex arms and bird beak, and then my houses seemed less awesome. That dude ruined everything.

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  12. KarenElhyam
    KarenElhyam January 17, 2009 at 7:28 pm |

    Despite not being a particularly devout Lego fan myself, I will say that this thread has absolutely made my day.

    Feminists actually have the best senses of humor, it seems. ^^

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  14. fourthwave
    fourthwave January 18, 2009 at 9:01 pm |

    Wow. I’m speechless. That’s just amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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