Last week, a letter from 7-year-old Charlotte Benjamin addressed to the Lego company garnered a lot of attention and became a social-media sensation. So, what did Charlotte have to say that attracted such interest? She took Lego to task for skewing its products toward boys.
"I love Legos but I don't like that there are more Lego boy people and barely any Lego girls," the young Lego fan wrote. She also shares her observations that Lego girl toys just go to the beach and have no jobs, while Lego boy toys get to go on adventures, save people, and swim with sharks.… Read more
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- Beware the one-ring phone sex scam.
- Tech is cruelly ripping teens from their natural shopping mall habitats.
- Facebook celebrates 10 years with Look Back.
Nothing is cuter than a little-girl version of Princess Leia lovingly hugging Darth Vader's leg after cutting out hearts from his cape. Then again, a young Luke Skywalker giving Darth Vader a tie is pretty adorable too.
"Star Wars" fans will be able to buy these statues, available from Gentle Giant Studios, depicting precious scenes from author and artist Jeffrey Brown's best-selling kids books "Darth Vader and Son" and "Vader's Little Princess." … Read more
The consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his friends, family, colleagues, and enemies -- as well as the legendary locale of their home at 221B Baker St. -- might end up a legitimate Lego set.
The "Sherlock" Lego set, created by a Lego enthusiast who goes by the name "Flailx," is one of six Winter Lego Review qualifiers -- along with sets for Macross VF-1 Valkyrie; Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter; The Adventure Time Project; the "Back to the Future" DeLorean; and Japanese Old Style Architecture -- submitted on the Lego CUUSOO site, where Lego fans share their concepts for a chance at seeing them created.
The suggested "Sherlock" minifigs include Sherlock Holmes, his best friend Dr. Watson, their landlady Mrs. Hudson, D.I. Greg Lestrade, forensic pathologist Molly Hooper, Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes, and villain Jim Moriarty. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
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Remember those telescoping toy lightsabers? You used to do battle with your siblings or friends, but nobody could ever agree on who actually won the fight. There won't be room to argue if you're using Sabertron foam swords from Kickstarter.
The glowing swords each have a health meter above the hilt, marked by strips of green, yellow, and red LED lights. When the swords strike blade-to-blade, they make a clashing sound. When the sword hits anywhere else, like on your opponent's arm, the health meter goes down. Run out of health and you lose the match.… Read more
Rejoice, all you children of the '80s, all you Bill Murray fans, all you who have sewn deep into the night to create a "Ghostbusters" jumpsuit costume. The bigwigs at Lego are smiling down on you, and giving you an offering in the form of greenlighting a fan-designed "Ghostbusters" set.
Lego tinkerer Brent Waller put together a model for a "Ghostbusters" set in honor of the film's 30th anniversary this year. He built minifigs, the Ectomobile, and the ghost hunters' headquarters building. He really nailed Bill Murray's hairline for the minifig. The project went up for vote on Lego's fan site CUUSOO, where it gained 10,000 supporters, enough to get Lego to look at making it official, which it did.… Read more
The infant swing is a simple concept. You suspend the little tyke from above, give the swing a little push, and let it sway the baby gently back and forth to calm the child. Now, let's apply a bit of robotics, multi-speed control, a speaker, and an MP3 player plug-in. You get the 4moms Rockaroo.
The other noticeable difference between the Rockaroo and a regular infant swing is that the motion comes from below, not with a couple of arms suspending the wee one. That makes it more like a high-tech rocking horse, or the tiny kid version of a mechanical bull, but with a mellow attitude.… Read more