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Comment: Re:most lego's are a rip off (Score 1) 352

by tsa (#46777061) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Very good point. And while we're ranting about modern society, let's expand your point a bit. Together with patience, thinking also went out the door for most people. Everybody bases their opinions on what they 'feel' these days, without bothering to think their feelings through or looking at things from different angles. Even scientific facts are considered just opinions by many. It's hard to get young people to think about certain things, especially when those things are outside their world and the things they are interested in. And when they finally get their brains in gear they are distracted by their phones beeping all the time announcing new tweets and Whatsapp messages and whatnot.

Comment: Re:Specialized Pieces (Score 1) 352

by tsa (#46776985) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

No so easily nowadays. Lego comes with huge numbers of very specialized pieces which are taylor made for that particular model. You can get the basic bricks but most Lego today is aimed at building one model and then playing with it rather than getting a pile of bricks and letting your imagination run wild.

Actually luckily that is not entirely true anymore. In the 1990s, just before the company almost went bankrupt they indeed had a lot of sets containing just a few pieces that you had to put together to make what was in the picture on the box. When Lego discovered that they were on the edge of bankruptcy they decided that they had to go back to what Lego made Lego: the brick. So they scrapped about 10000 bricks from their enormous database and started anew. Today Lego still makes specialized pieces for particular sets but they are usually small and not essential.

Sources: my own experience and the beautiful book Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry by Robertson, David and Breen, Bill (Jun 27, 2013)

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