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To think that the makers of The Lego Movie got it all wrong?

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Jollyphonics Mon 05-May-14 11:51:57

As I sit here surrounded by a ton of bits of Lego, hunting for that elusive microscopic piece that DS2 has to have to complete his Lego scene, I can't help thinking that there is something inherently wrong about the storyline.

In the story the Dad has a huge Lego collection, and cruelly insists that it all stays intact, denying his son the pure joy of building and breaking and rebuilding random Lego creations. In reality I don't care if they break all their carefully constructed spaces ships, fire engines, police cars etc into prices, if it makes them happy. But the problem is that then they're upset when it's in pieces, and I have to hunt high and low for the relevant teeny tiny pieces and try to reassemble it all.

And as for glue being the enemy - on the contrary - after trashing their police station and fire station the kids have asked me to glue it together! Superglue is my friend!

NormHonal Mon 05-May-14 11:54:14

To boot, everything isn't "awesome". <pouts>


Hairylegs47 Mon 05-May-14 11:57:08

I agree with you, regarding actual Lego, but isn't the message of the movie about control? Government controlling the normal guy?
Lego was banned in my house after the hysterics of it. Nothing was worth the angst it gave my DC. And standing on a piece while tip toeing through their rooms...shock

I do like the song though

PrincessBabyCat Mon 05-May-14 12:14:46

Aww.. I loved that movie! smile

I dread the day my daughter is old enough to get them, because my brother fully intends to buy them for her. Stepping on them hurts like a mofo.

Jollyphonics Mon 05-May-14 12:29:36

I actually liked the film too, and the song is nice and catchy, and yes I've already pre-ordered the DVD (so no doubt the song will haunt me for months!), but I couldn't help but feel a bit peeved as I watched it, as the Big Bad Adult ruined the boy's fun. I thought of the many hours I'd spent reassembling broken Lego while the DCs slept, or while they whimpered in the background and asked tearfully if I'd managed to fix it yet!

Jollyphonics Mon 05-May-14 12:31:26

And at the end, when Big Bad Dad melts and let's his son play with it - well you can guarantee that within a few days that massive Lego city will be reduced to a pile of bricks, and the boy will declare it useless, and could Dad please fix it so he can play again or better still buy a load more!

Nocomet Mon 05-May-14 12:33:45

Glue, near Lego - be gone you heathen!

CrystalSkulls Mon 05-May-14 12:38:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

beershuffle Mon 05-May-14 12:50:54

Yabu. The whole point is that you need to get over that need for control and make something that doesnt heed that missing piece.

Jollyphonics Mon 05-May-14 12:54:11

I'm well over the need for control. I'm happy with a big pile of loose Lego. But the kids want the beautiful space ship they signed up for!

wonderingsoul Mon 05-May-14 12:59:50

I went tto the cinema with my dc and just as I reliazed the ending I felt instantly bad... I had brought glue the day before to do the boys spiderman sets....

Never did it and now every time I get angry at seeing sets Dismantled 'everything is awesome' plays in my head.

But to the op your right, its do with controll ANd the need for everything to be perfect.

ArcherAnguish Mon 05-May-14 13:02:31

I am the father from the movie - lego is to be looked at and not played with!

Nocomet Mon 05-May-14 15:15:19

Sadly DD2 is the same, to the extent she has abandoned Lego for the boring ready built, properly detailed, heresy that is Playmobil.

I hate it, it's only any use for imaginative play involving people. I like designing things, not playing with them. My creations alway returned to the brick box after a few days.

NormanTheForeman Mon 05-May-14 15:17:16

Heresy that is Playmobil? sad

NormanTheForeman Mon 05-May-14 15:17:43


NormanTheForeman Mon 05-May-14 15:18:36

My owner plays with us Playmo people for ages on his own. And he recombines his Playmo buildings into new ones...

HanSolo Mon 05-May-14 15:23:32

Norman- my DS also does that.
We have the large castle 3666, which is already about 1000 pieces, when combined into the firestation, police station, redcoat fort...


It's horrific. I think superglue is an abomination, but I can see why people resort to it.

DebbieOfMaddox Mon 05-May-14 15:26:34

DH has a childfree friend who owns, and has built, all of the Star Wars Lego.

iklboo Mon 05-May-14 15:37:03

There was a thread on MN once where a lady was in uproar that her child's friend had 'broken' his birthday toy. Turned out it was the Lego castle. She was quite flamed for it, but she said she genuinely thought when you bought the sets they stayed built.

DS has a mix - big build sets stay pretty much built (but he plays with them as toys) & drawers and drawers full of 'loose' Lego for imagination building.

andmyunpopularopionis Mon 05-May-14 15:37:26


LEGO is there to play with and to be creative. We cannot be creative if all we are doing is building according to someone elses predefined creations.
Even the song was a lesson. It was brainwashing at its best. Don't think outside the box (literary)... just do what you are told by the instructions and everything will be awesome. No it wont. It will be horrible and no fun at all and nothing would ever change or get better...

I loved the lego movie and the lesson behind it.

I am horrified that people glue lego together. Just go and buy a model. BORING!!!

Jollyphonics Mon 05-May-14 17:46:06

It's all very well being romantic about the lesson of the film and creativity etc - and yes we have a ton of loose Lego that is regularly made into weird and wonderful things - but often the DCs have something that is precious to them, and they are gutted when it falls apart. They ask me to glue it. I'm not some evil craggle-wielding dictator! That's where the accuracy of the film falls down.

oramum Mon 05-May-14 18:29:52

ds asked me to craggle his lego superhero lex luthor robot as it kept falling apart......I mistakenly glued the 'moving' parts and glued a leg on backwards! blush ds has never quite forgiven me blush .

Gerrygiraffe Mon 05-May-14 18:36:53

The sets cost so much as well that it is heartbreaking when they all get broken and mixed up with the "general" lego. If they want us to be creative don't charge £70 for some troll thing from the Hobbit!

RedFocus Mon 05-May-14 19:40:29

I've just got back from legoland and 'everything is awesome!' wink

Tigresswoods Mon 05-May-14 20:25:32

We have old, dirty but amazing lego. Now we have new, shiny lovely lego. Never the twain shall meet.

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