Title: LEGO REBELS
Part of series: –
Designed in: 2016
Produced in: 2017
Material: multicolor composite 3D print
Print height: 70 cm
Edition: 8 unique pieces
Extra: The Lego man lying on the ground has crossed out (dead) eyes.
In 2016, a study from New Zealand’s HIT Lab at the University of Canterbury tried to answer the question: Have Lego Products Become More Violent? The answer was: Yes. From 1958 until the late 1970s, Lego parts were primarily mini construction proxies, and the early advertisements for the Lego system typically showed children and families building houses, boats and skyscrapers. According to the researchers, the first weapons did not appear until 1978. The turning point for Lego was the introduction of themes and pop culture tie-ins. The number of weaponized sets and parts has been steadily on the rise since the 1980s. At this moment, roughly 30% of all Lego sets feature some kind of weapon. The study’s lead author, Christoph Bartneck, a former Lego employee, told Mashable, “My curiosity was triggered when I saw some very old Lego catalogs. Their products and the scenarios in which they were shown looked so peaceful.” (www.mashable.com).