Maybe it's my age and my nostalgic memories of creating my own little village of Lego when I was young that is clouding my judgement now.
Growing up I enjoyed building a
couple of cottages, a bakery, police station, fire station, hospital,
flower shop, bus station, school, fairground..... and supplementing this
with the train tracks and a little Lego train, a Lego bus and numerous
Could you buy those things from the Lego shop at Legoland Windsor?
[ My review of LegoLand Windsor is here ]
No you could not. And it
seemed to be very boy / girl orientated. With, dare I say it, a
predominance of boy angled products. The front section was dominated by
Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Dino, and Ninjago, Lord of the
Rings, Kingdoms and Cars ranges. Then there was a VERY pink corner with
less lego and more Princess dressing-up products, hair slides and purses.
The brand new Friends range is creating a big stir with my girls, but,
not only is there not much in this range yet, I am also annoyed that the Lego
girls in these sets are suddenly taller and thinner. As if we didn't have enough overly slim role models?
The absolute joy
of Lego when I was young was that it wasn't stereotyped. It was neither
for girls, or for boys. The Lego people were differentiated only by
subtle variations to hair, skin colour and clothing colours. Now it seems that
this openness is gone. The colour scheme choices for the boxes aim to
direct certain box sets towards girls or boys. How incredibly typical is
it that the Friends range is in pink and purple?
I had a
browse of the Lego store website whilst writing this. Along with the
ranges mentioned above you've also got, Monster Fighters,
Technic, Hero Factory and Racers - all of which are aimed almost
exclusively at boys. Are boys really all about the fighting and the
monsters? What about the Lego for girls?
The only theme that looked, according to it's initial theme logo picture on the home page, non-gender specific was Creator
and there doesn't appear to be the types of sets I played with as a
child available anymore. You struggle to find a 'house' to make. And then the site crashed on me... so I suspect that's a sign that I should stop turning into a grumpy old woman.
But, really? Can't they release the classic 80s sets? Couldn't you get little Carousels and such like? Maybe that's an idea Lego? A retro range! Please! Now I get more than £2 pocket money a week I could actually finish that village. I'm thinking a post office, pharmacist, hair salon (multisex obviously), and church complete with church bells.
What Lego set would you want if you could select anything?