Once again my thought of studying the reason for stupid studies has surfaced. I’m sure you have heard of them. Study shows, researchers find, scientists say, blah blah. The blah is often ridiculous and common knowledge. Study shows men forget to put the toilet lid down. Really, who knew?
Lego toys were not included in my childhood. They didn’t become a big hit until the 1970’s. My kids played with them and I loved to join in.
How cool and fun would it be to be paid to research the faces on Lego minifigures.
Dr. Christoph Bartneck of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand created a fun study. He and two others studied the changes of the Lego faces since 1975. I was able to download a copy of their report here.
After looking over the report, my opinion (really who relies on my opinion) is that this study might be of use to someone. I’m posting about it because (many media outlets picked up on it too) it’s odd and would be a hell of fun job to do.
As discussed in this study, Lego has been busy introducing themed play sets often based on movies and action heroes. This reflection of popular movie characters is bound to include a few villains.
Anyone want to fund Lisleman Labs research?
Current Lisleman proposals:
- Social impact of the new Superman not wearing his underpants on the outside.
- Survey of people knowing the color of Superman’s cape.
- Survey of people who have spit into the wind.
(one last thought, Dr. Bartneck? Did anyone else have the image of Bart Simpson pop up when you read his name?)