A few articles on research paper that LEGO faces are getting angrier. A link to the actual paper is in the Raw story quote. It’s not light reading.
Scientist raises concerns about impact on child development, saying toymakers’ themes are increasingly based on conflict
The number of happy faces on Lego toy mini-figures is decreasing and the number of angry faces is increasing, a robot expert at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand has discovered
Dr Christoph Bartneck – who studied all 6,000 Lego mini-figures – said his findings could give rise to concern about he frowning faces’ impact on child development and the manufacturer appeared to be moving towards more conflict-based themes in its toys.
“But the facial expressions are not directly matched to good and evil. Even the good characters suffer in their struggle and the villains can have a smug expression. In any case, the variety of faces has increased considerably.”Bartneck will present the paper on his findings [PDF] at the First International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction in Sapporo, Japan, starting on 7 August. –
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