A young girl by the name of Charlotte has been making the rounds on the internet of a letter seen above that was sent to LEGO.
Dear Lego Company:
My name is Charlotte. I am 7 years old and I love legos but I don’t like that there are more Lego boy people and barely any Lego girls. Today I went to a store and saw legos in two sections the girls pink and the boys blue. All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people, and had jobs, even swam with sharks. I want you to make more Lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?!
I usually don’t write about controversial topics like this but this is something I would like to touch on. From what I’ve seen, many people have been praising Charlotte for writing such a powerful letter to LEGO. As a LEGO fan, I have to disagree with Charlotte’s letter as well as to everyone I’ve seen supporting her and here’s why.
LEGO has been trying very hard the past few years to get more younger girls building from the highly popular LEGO Friends sets as well as the newly released Disney Princess sets. Charlotte’s point in the letter is that she wants more female minifigure to have more adventures. There have been plenty of female minifigures in “boys” sets such as a robber in the High Speed Police Chase (60042) as well as in the Police and Fire Accessory sets. There are also very strong female characters in the DC Universe sets like Batgirl, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn. Heck, even Eris from the Legends of Chima sets/cartoon series go on tons of adventures with Laval and usually saves Laval from harm. Let’s also not forget about the female characters in the Star Wars sets like Princess Leia or Padme Amidala. Leia is in the Millennium Falcon sets and you can even let her pilot the ship if you wanted to. Finally, take a look at Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie. She is on an adventure with Emmet and the other Master Builders to save the world from Lord Business. It can’t get any more adventurous than that!
My point is that you should start making your own adventures with the LEGO bricks and minifigures. You don’t have to follow what the set has given you. LEGO’s mission statement has always been to “inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow” and to have children think creatively. I suggest that everyone, kids and parents, take a look at all the “boys” sets and you can see that there is unlimited potential of what female characters can do. If you want the female minifigures to swim with sharks, then let them. If you want them to pilot a star cruiser, why not let them fly it? If you broaden your vision of what LEGO has to offer, you can see that LEGO has something for everyone.
**Note: The LEGO Group does not endorse me or my site. This is just my opinion on the subject matter.**