I recently read that lego characters have taken on an angrier tone over the last 20 years. The original figures were yellow and had a simple smile. Since 1989, the figures have taken on more negative emotions.
Much of this has to do with the movie tie ins depicting the struggle between good and evil. Harry Potter and Star Wars comes to mind. According to lego, children seem to want to work out the consequences of morality in their play.
Some wonder about the effect such negativity might have on children. The exposure to scarier elements in the world is much more pervasive and easier to come by. Has the innocence of childhood been compromised? Are kids growing up way too soon? Is the younger generation going to have a mature grasp of the world? Is realism taking over imagination?
What do you think?