…Rebuild

  As we prepare to enter into Academy Awards crunchtime, it’s nice to break up the Oscar picks with something a bit lighter. “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” definitely fits the bill. In this second installment, the LEGO film franchise has lost none of its self-awareness. In fact, it takes its meta-nature to…

…Let Go

Now don’t panic, but today is exactly one month until Christmas. And technically, as you’re reading this, there’s less than a month for you to get ready. Okay, take a deep breath. I have some good news, too. If you have any girls (or boys who don’t care about gender stereotypes) on your shopping list,…

…build an argument

Today, I continue my current crusade/tour of gender stereotypes perpetuated by toy companies. What can I say? I’m on a roll. Today, it’s your turn LEGO.

…illustrate the point

It’s definitely that time of winter, when most of us are ready to punch it in the face…if that were possible, which it should be. Between excessive sunshine in Sochi, snowstorms in the South, flooding in England, and of course that polar vortex thing, it seems that we could all use a break from the…

…get it together

“For Girls,” is a phrase that in the world of marketing and children’s products usually translates (roughly) to “Available in Pink” and/or “Complete with Hearts and Bunnies.”  LEGO’s new”girl-friendly” collection–LEGO Friends–appears to be no exception. In a recent attempt to pander to…I mean include…girls in the wonderful world of LEGO, this maker of models and…

…Play Favorites

Gather round, it’s story time. Kids, you should pay close attention. There once was a kingdom where indecision ruled the land. No one could decide on anything. Worst of all, the toy makers were not turning a profit, which was really the root of the kingdom’s problem. You see, children were not all demanding this…