Tobias Buckell has a post over on his blog about Lego, and their new attempt to appeal to little girls. (I’m not entirely sure whether he was being sarcastic.)
When I was a little girl I had no problem with Lego – that’s what you build spaceships from when it’s raining outdoors, and how else does a young lass get to be Princess Leia* if she doesn’t have her own spaceship?
Anyway, Lego seem to think it involves making the plastic pieces in different colours and – get this – Lego handbags.
The quote that raised my hackles was from a designer:
“No one could understand, why do we need more than one handbag? So I’d have to say, well, is one sword enough for the knights, or is it better to have a dagger, too?”
Umm… thanks, Lego.
With a sword and a dagger, a girl can find someone ELSE to carry a handbag.
P.S. I agree with Tobias about the colours, though.
*I mean the Princess Leia in the first Star Wars film. Although she did a bit of waiting around to be rescued and all (yawn!), she DID get lippy at Darth Vader and the Grand Moff Tarkin**. Which is more than Luke managed.
**Although I can’t watch the bit with Peter Cushing without remembering the story that his boots were so uncomfortable he filmed his parts wearing carpet slippers. Somehow makes him more of a bad guy, not less.