A Polish priest has used New Zealand research to warn parents
to be on their guard against Lego, saying the plastic blocks
are a tool of Satan and can destroy children's souls.
Slawomir Kostrzewa said the popular Danish toy company had
taken a lurch to the dark side with its series of Monster
Fighters and Zombie mini-figures and that they "were about
darkness and the world of death".
"Friendly fellows have been replaced by dark monsters. These
toys can have a negative effect on children. They can destroy
their souls and lead them to the dark side."
The priest, from the town of Wolsztyn, cited research by the
University of Canterbury that found the facial expressions of
Lego figures had become angrier over the years and that this
compounded their evil potential.
"Facial expressions may lead to confusion between good and
evil," said Mr Kostrzewa. "It appears the good suffer in
battle and the 'villains' have a face showing satisfaction
with their evil deeds."
Dr Christoph Bartneck, one of the Canterbury academics who
produced the Lego study, said nothing in the research
indicated the figures could destroy children's souls.
"We didn't explicitly test the influence Lego could have on
children. We only went as far as being able to conclude the
faces have changed. What effect that is having on children
has not been covered by our study at all."
Mr Kostrzewa has previously described My Little Pony as a
"carrier of death".
Lego was not available for comment. A July show in
Christchurch will feature 1500sq m of Lego creations.
"If anyone wants to have a personal experience of what can or
cannot be done with Lego or how evil it is, I would suggest
they attend," Dr Bartneck said.
- Daily Telegraph/additional reporting Steve Deane