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Study: Lego faces have gotten angrier
upi ^ | June 13, 2013

Posted on 06/14/2013 6:11:16 AM PDT by JoeProBono

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, - Researchers in New Zealand said they analyzed the facial expressions on Lego figures from the past 35 years and discovered the faces have been getting angrier.

The team, from the University of Canterbury and the Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements, said their analysis of Lego figures found most facial expressions could be categorized as happiness, anger, disdain, confidence, concern or fear, with happiness and anger being the most common.

The study, published in Proceedings of the First International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction, found angry expressions on Lego figures have become increasingly common since the early 1990s, while happy expressions have become less common.

"The work presented in this paper can lead other researchers in the field of understanding the science of play to investigate further the influence the Lego Minifigures ' facial appearance have on Lego users over time," the study's authors wrote. "We believe that the extensive and elaborate designs of faces on Lego Minifigures can also inform the designers of other agents, such as computer game characters and robots.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Humor
KEYWORDS: lego


1 posted on 06/14/2013 6:11:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Just knowing that this kind of research is being done and funded makes me feel much more secure today. Thanks for the heads up.


2 posted on 06/14/2013 6:16:32 AM PDT by Raycpa
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3 posted on 06/14/2013 6:16:59 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: JoeProBono

"LEGO has warped my fragile little mind!!!"

4 posted on 06/14/2013 6:19:43 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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5 posted on 06/14/2013 6:20:34 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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The First International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction

Sponsored by the IRS? That would explain #1 on the The Six Clusters of Faces.

6 posted on 06/14/2013 6:23:40 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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7 posted on 06/14/2013 6:28:47 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

At least a couple of those are intended to resemble actors or characters in movies and other media, and would not be found in a non-media-related playset. I think #2 and #6 are from an “avengers” or similar “superhero” set/series, and #1 and #3 from sci-fi/fantasy movie sets/series.

(Uncle of several Legomaniacs ages 3 to 14, mostly boys)


8 posted on 06/14/2013 6:39:38 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (It's been over 90 days; time to start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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9 posted on 06/14/2013 6:47:28 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Be Angry…and Not Sin?

10 posted on 06/14/2013 6:49:16 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: JoeProBono
The Guardian UK version hilariously uses a Lego Hulk figure to illustrate the story:


11 posted on 06/14/2013 6:52:12 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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12 posted on 06/14/2013 6:54:20 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
The Times UK had this image archived under (but not displayed in) their version. I love the fact that the figure is wearing a radiation suit:


13 posted on 06/14/2013 6:56:37 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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His face tells me he just realized he just ripped a hole in his radiation suit.


14 posted on 06/14/2013 6:58:37 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: JoeProBono

JOE!!!!!

At least I know which FReeper gives me a laugh. :P


15 posted on 06/14/2013 7:01:59 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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Hey Joe, has anyone accused you of advocating angry Lego figures yet?


16 posted on 06/14/2013 7:11:49 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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I don't know about them being angry but these three are the most travelled of all Lego figures

They are attached to the Juno spacecraft heading to Jupiter.
17 posted on 06/14/2013 7:34:55 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: Raycpa

I wonder if they have a Lego ‘Rage Boy’ in the middle east?


18 posted on 06/14/2013 7:40:30 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: ExGeeEye

There was a Lego series years ago called Alpha Team. The explosives expert had a look on his face that could best be described as “Frikkin’ Crazy”.


19 posted on 06/14/2013 7:52:12 AM PDT by tanknetter
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20 posted on 06/14/2013 10:03:36 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: rickmichaels

Lawsuit??


21 posted on 06/14/2013 11:07:40 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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