The Lego Trading Cards thing finishes today. I think, through gentle asking around and by having a decent amount of swapsies, I have practically finished the album. I might be a couple of cards short, when all is said and done, but I can live with that.
But the Lego cards are not without their controversy.
There is outcry at the “Evil Dwarf” card.
A charity which looks out for the rightful treatment of people of diminished height has said that the card could lead to children being scared of people with dwarfism.
I’m not sure what this fear is based on. It might be the fact that the dearf is carrying an axe, so looks somewhat sinister. It might be the fact that it has the word “evil” in it.
Whatever the reason, though, they have complained to Sainsbury’s and Lego about it.
And the Daily Mail.
Because if there’s one thing the Daily Mail knows about it’s how to interpret something in a way which completely villifies the thing in question.
The thing with this Dwarf, evil or otherwise, is that he is for all intents and purposes a standard fantasy dwarf. He’s got a helmet, a massive beard and an axe. He could only be more stereotypical if he was in a mine singing about gold.
But he’s riled them up, good and proper.
The thing is, though, all the Lego character cards in the collection are based on the huge array of minifigures that have been released by the Lego company – you know, the ones in the mystery bags that you end up having to squeeze to work out which one is which so as not to buy duplicates.
You can, with practice, become incredibly adept at identifying obscure lego pieces through plasticised foil packets.
The evil dwarf – the centre of all the hoohah – was released as a mini figure years ago.
And do you know how much faff there was about him then?
I’ll give you a clue.
Zero fucks were given.
And, you could argue, that evil dwarf reached far wider than the trading card version. After all, the mini figure packs are for sale all over the place, these cards are only available via Sainsbury’s.
I absolutely love it when people get offended on behalf of people who aren’t offended but the offended people feel that they should be.