All Sorted Ep 34: LEGO Gun Control

On a controlled episode of All Sorted Jeff and James:

 

Examine the unwritten rules:

“LEGO does not make weapons.” and “LEGO would never release any violent themes.”

LEGO Pirates
Upgrade to modern firearms:
LEGO Western
Take the fight to a galaxy far, far away:
LEGO Star Wars Blaster
Bring some “realism” to play:
LEGO GUN
Come to terms with the fact LEGO is in the business of making toy weapons:
  • 142 different LEGO minifig weapons!

“Yeah, but still, LEGO would never make a military set!”

Except…

  • LEGO has made 3 different versions of the Sopwith Camel.
LEGO Sopwith Camel
Read LEGO’s now-written rules on making weapons:

Guideline for weapons and conflict in LEGO experiences

“A large number of LEGO minifigures use weapons, and are – assumedly – regularly being charged by each others’ weapons as part of children’s role play.  In the LEGO Group, we acknowledge that conflict in play is especially prevalent among 4-9-year-old boys.  An inner drive and a need to experiment with their own aggressive feelings in order to learn about other people’s aggressions exist in most children.  This in turn enables them to handle and recognize conflict in non-play scenarios. As such, the LEGO Group sees conflict play as perfectly acceptable, and an integral part of children’s development.  We also acknowledge children’s well-proven ability to tell play from reality.  However, to make sure to maintain the right balance between play and conflict, we have adhered to a set of unwritten rules for several years. In 2010, we have formalized these rules in a guideline for the use of conflict and weapons in LEGO products. The basic aim is to avoid realistic weapons and military equipment that children may recognize from hot spots around the world and to refrain from showing violent or frightening situations when communicating about LEGO products. At the same time, the purpose is for the LEGO brand not to be associated with issues that glorify conflicts and unethical or harmful behavior.”

Look for alternatives for those wishing to play with “realistic weapons and military equipment that children may recognize from hot spots around the world”:

You can buy modern and historical weapons online, here are a few examples:

Finally we ask:
  • Is LEGO being hypocritical by denying the world realistic modern weapons of war while producing sets full of conflict?
  • Would you like to see more weapons, or less released by LEGO?  Let us know.  Please leave a comment, or hit me up on twitter, I’m @StillSorting.

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