Science

12/06/2013

Lego faces are getting angrier, study finds

angry lego faces

(From The Guardian) Life in Legoland used to be so simple – smiling doctors helped cheerful patients, contented petrol pump operators filled the tanks of satisfied drivers and classrooms of ecstatic children were taught by beaming teachers.

But then life became more complicated. Anger, puzzlement and confusion started to set in – the beatific existence of the Lego figurine was over.

The number of happy faces on Lego toy mini-figures has been decreasing since the 1990s, and the number of angry faces has increased, giving rise to concerns that children could be affected by the negativity of the toys.

In a study of 3,655 figures produced between 1975 and 2010, Dr Christoph Bartneck, a robot expert at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, said the manufacturer appeared to be moving towards more conflict-based themes in its toys.

Bartneck’s study considered the range of facial expressions across various Lego sets – now often in themes such as Star Wars, pirates or Harry Potter.

“It is important to study how to create appropriate expressions and how these expressions are perceived by the users. Children’s toys and how they are perceived can have a significant impact on children,” said Bartneck. “We cannot help but wonder how the move from only positive faces to an increasing number of negative faces impacts on how children play.”

The first Lego figures were developed in 1978 and had a classic yellow face with a broad, simple smile, but from 1989 onwards facial expressions began to be more complex as new themes – such as the early Little Pirates – were added to the range. Now a range of expressions including happy, angry, surprised, scared and enigmatic are included in the range.

(read the full story)






 
 

 
swneck

Now you can wear the entire Star Wars galaxy around your neck

(From Lost at e Minor) As it turns out, a galaxy far, far away isn’t as far as we thought it was. Online store ‘ThinkGeek’ has started to sell an officially-licensed Star Wars Galactic Necklace. Unlike most necklaces, thi...
by Adword Norton
0

 
 
swmd

Star Wars goes Medieval

(From io9) Star Wars might be in a galaxy far, far away, but it also takes place a long time ago. You know what else was a long time ago? The Middle Ages. It’s one of the reasons this artistic pairing is a perfect fit. Artist...
by Adword Norton
0

 
 
Fun
sw otel

Disney is opening a Star Wars Hotel

(From The Independent) Star Wars fans will soon be able to play their part in an interactive adventure inspired by the film franchise, as a new Star Wars inspired resort has been confirmed by head honchos at Disney. The hotel w...
by Adword Norton
0

 

 
star-wars-forces-of-destiny-bb8-bandits

‘Star Wars: Forces of Destiny’ animated shorts

(From Geeks of Doom) Back in April we found out about Star Wars Forces for Destiny, a collection of animated shorts. The shorts were to feature various well-known characters from the franchise, with actors like Daisy Ridley (Re...
by Adword Norton
0

 
 
Fun
forbidden forest

Harry Potter fans will soon be able to walk through the actual Forbidden Forest

Warner Bros has announced that they will be expanding the popular Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter to include the Forbidden Forest. The Forbidden Forest will be coming to the Harry Potter Studio To...
by Adword Norton
0

 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Bir Cevap Yazın

E-posta hesabınız yayınlanmayacak. Gerekli alanlar * ile işaretlenmişlerdir

*

Şu HTML etiketlerini ve özelliklerini kullanabilirsiniz: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>