LEGO Cleans Up at Toy of the Year Awards
Posted Feb 10 2013 - 09:20 PM
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Posted Feb 11 2013 - 08:53 AM
Congratulations LEGO! I have only one Friends set, and it's pretty cool—just as cool as a LEGO City set really. I also love LEGO Architecture though I haven't gotten all the sets from that line that I want (yet).
Posted Feb 11 2013 - 12:10 PM
Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait... FRIENDS won overall Toy of the Year?.. Oh my...
(call me biased, I guess)
I AM THE VOICE OF THE ABYSMAL SILENCE
Posted Feb 11 2013 - 01:08 PM
Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait... FRIENDS won overall Toy of the Year?.. Oh my...Why wouldn't it? It's a phenomenal theme. Lots of wonderful detail that you typically don't get in other LEGO themes, great, harmonious color schemes, diverse characters and play scenarios, and an overall positive message to both consumers and the toy industry at large ("girls can enjoy building toys just as much as boys can").
(call me biased, I guess)
To some companies, making toys for girls is a chore. For The LEGO Group, it was an opportunity to pack in lots of great design characteristics their core audience of your boys might not be as willing to pay extra for. The new Dolphin Cruiser set is a great example. It's very livable, with showers, beds, and a well-furnished living room. Likewise the new Heartlake High set has a café, lockers, two classrooms, and bathrooms. Generally in the past these were the kind of details you can only find in AFOL-oriented sets; certainly not details typical of the City theme.
This year's LEGO Friends lineup shows that the theme isn't going to just stagnate and depict stereotypically "girly" activities like getting your hair done or cooking. It's got scenes including a karate dojo, a soccer field, a high school, and a stage for magic tricks... along with of course some tried-and-tested girls'-toy standards like a pet salon, a pool, and a yacht. It's also depicting more boy characters (previously it only had Olivia's dad; now there is are two new boys in the high school and Dolphin Cruiser) and several tasteful color schemes.
This isn't regular LEGO painted pink, nor is it just a Polly Pocket toy broken up into a handful of different pieces-- it's a legitimate LEGO theme focusing on grounded, slice-of-life storytelling. And I think that fills a void in previous offerings much better than any other attempt at a girl-oriented theme (by LEGO or any other building toy brand) has done.
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