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Christoph Bartneck, University of Canterbury, is researching Lego's mini-figures.
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Lego Minifigures Grumpier Since 1980: Study

Has Lego gotten grumpier?

A new study says that the faces on Lego minifigures have become less happy and more often mad or sad.

The study was designed to find out if the Lego characters have become grumpier over the years.

Christoph Bartneck works at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He loves Lego and even worked for the company in the 1990s. He worked with another researcher on the project.

They looked at all of the 6,000 figures made between 1975 and 2010.

They made a note of each figure’s facial expression: happy, angry, afraid, disgusted, surprised or sad.

They discovered that while in 1980, all of the figures were described as “smiley,” by 1990, only about 80 per cent of them were “smiley.”

Hasbro plans to introduce this new Easy Bake oven this fall.
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Different Toys For Girls And Boys?

Four-year-old Gavin Pope of Garfield, New Jersey, loves to cook.

But when his family decided to buy him an Easy-Bake Oven, they found that the colour and packaging made it look like a “girls only” toy.

The Easy-Bake Oven and its box are purple.

The packaging and advertising show only girls baking with it.

So McKenna Pope, Gavin’s 13-year-old sister, started an Internet campaign for a gender-neutral oven.

More than 54,000 people signed the petition.

Hasbro executives met with McKenna and told her they planned to introduce a black, silver and blue oven next fall.