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We've had a Lego-based FPP every day this week. Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon or are our friends in Denmark making a concentrated media push around Christmastime?
posted by modernserf to MetaFilter-Related at 6:04 AM (75 comments total)

Baader....? Ohhh! You mean 'plate of shrimp!'
posted by tomboko at 6:09 AM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


For a moment, I thought this was a call-out for a Baader-Meinhof themed Lego series. Which would be very very wrong, but I would have to buy some....
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:13 AM on December 19, 2011 [12 favorites]


Considering the Danes have a Christmastime tradition of using lit candles as ornaments on their trees, I think they're probably too busy with the nationwide conflagration to bother with guerrilla advertising.
posted by griphus at 6:24 AM on December 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


it is certainly a mouthful; a shorter name might have more hope of penetrating the lexicon.

I'd say confirmation bias except there's a very good reason people keep posting about Lego and that's the fact that it's almost Christmas and lots of people here have been buying and/or reading about it?

Also, I really hope this usage of Baader-Meinhof doesn't catch on. I doubt folks here would be too thrilled if people started saying "umm, it's like a 9/11" for times when they kept leaping to incorrect conclusions or whatever.
posted by stinkycheese at 6:24 AM on December 19, 2011


Forgot the link.
posted by griphus at 6:24 AM on December 19, 2011


Also, it's December, so if you don't come up with something to post about every day, you lose MetaFilter.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:26 AM on December 19, 2011


Oh, God no. I posted a Lego FPP because I have an 8-year-old, it's nearing Christmas and all I hear is "Isn't this a cool set, Mama? Wouldn't that be fun to build? And look at this set, and this one, and this one." From morning until night. And he never wants to talk about gender roles because to him it's self-evident that mommies carry multitools, haul feed, paint barns and wrangle large animals, even if they won't ride (not-pink) ATVs.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:27 AM on December 19, 2011 [5 favorites]


Brick by brick, you will be assimilated. All will be Lego.
posted by Ghidorah at 6:31 AM on December 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


Fortunately, notable people seem to be dying off at a good clip so there's plenty to talk about even if there's a day with nothing good on the web new from Lego.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:32 AM on December 19, 2011


All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
posted by argonauta at 6:32 AM on December 19, 2011 [4 favorites]


The week just started.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:36 AM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Lego my lego my lego my legomylego mylegomylegomylegomylego

It's an endless recursion of branding!
posted by Think_Long at 6:36 AM on December 19, 2011


I assumed it was because everyone was doing their Christmas shopping and coming across awesome Lego things in the process. Although now I kind of want Lego for Christmas. Damn you, marketing!
posted by pemberkins at 6:37 AM on December 19, 2011


I welcome International Lego Cabal.
posted by desjardins at 6:53 AM on December 19, 2011


I recently made a Lego post that you can go favorite.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:00 AM on December 19, 2011


That's funny, I was just thinking about the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:05 AM on December 19, 2011 [11 favorites]


That's odd I just about to look up yet another lost city in a very dark continent
posted by infini at 7:16 AM on December 19, 2011


I never really got Lego. My problem, I know. I'd much rather have played with those lit candles.
posted by spitbull at 7:20 AM on December 19, 2011


It's so we can say Legos posts.
posted by iamkimiam at 7:29 AM on December 19, 2011


They were all intended to finally induce me to break down and buy something. Which they did. Dammit.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 7:30 AM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I always get that confused with Stockholm Syndrome, which we may also have.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:33 AM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


Definitely.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:36 AM on December 19, 2011


I had an awful case of Cleveland Rocks last week.
posted by mintcake! at 7:38 AM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


That's funny, I was just thinking about the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.

Ironically, every time I think of Baader-Meinhof, I get the urge to attack Springer for their high journal prices. Then I realize that the RAF attacked a different Springer, and I feel confused. That's my version of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon....
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:56 AM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, especially because Lego is made somewhere in the middle between Stockholm and Baader, no, Meinhof. There must be some connection, I sense it. (Also there's something deep about something being a 'phenomenon' in Germany and a 'syndrome' in Stockholm. Must be the darkness here in Sweden...)


--- the Darkness! It is 4.49 here in the West-Swedish bush and blackness reigns. The last three and a half hours have seen an endless winding down, after a sunset (if I remember right, that's what we called it back in the days: "sun") just before three p.m. that unfolded itself like the progress, nay downfall, of a rolled-up orange giant slug on sedatives. Hours of twilight, and slowly over-freezing puddles and streaks of water on the driveway, out after the innocent car-unloading shopper's bones.
Tomorrow morning, the darkness will retreat with the same leaden slowness. Hours of bleak halfness, then at a quarter past nine a reluctant fragment of light peering across the hills on the other side of the little valley, that is, if it is not, as has been most of the last two months, one of those days when there's nothing but clouds and drizzle. *sigh*

posted by Namlit at 8:05 AM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I prefer the older Metafilter posts, when you could pretty much comment about anything your imagination could think up. Now with these specialized Metafilter posts your comments are limited to whatever the subject is about. It's lame.
posted by bondcliff at 8:12 AM on December 19, 2011 [13 favorites]


Older Metafilter posts?

There is no tendency! It's all in your head!
posted by Namlit at 8:15 AM on December 19, 2011


As long as we can remain baselessly suspicious of each other, all will be right in the world.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
posted by absalom at 8:16 AM on December 19, 2011


Wondering how many people will miss bondcliff's joke.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:21 AM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: Lego :: ________ : Duplo

A) Fark
B) Reddit
C) Digg
D) Plastic
E) None of the above
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:25 AM on December 19, 2011


MetaFilter: Lego :: ________ : Duplo

Everything else is Megablocks.
posted by bondcliff at 8:29 AM on December 19, 2011


Metafilter : Lego :: Reddit : A sandbox someone took a dump in.
posted by griphus at 8:29 AM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh, here is the appropriate spot for my mostly off-topic rant about Lego people colors. My son, who has brown skin, asked for some brown Lego people for Christmas. Turns out Lego only sells generic mini figures in yellow. For brown, I had to scour Amazon for old NBA Legos, who are mostly bald and have 5:00 shadows. Even Lando, the main black Lego dude, is hard to find. Grrr.
posted by bluedaisy at 8:33 AM on December 19, 2011


I askerd my cousin last year what she got for Christmas and she told me and added, "Oh! And Paul got me a case of D'yer Make'r." She and Paul are sort of drinky/foody types, and I though, man, what a great name for a craft beer. So I asked if I could have one, and she said, "A quesadilla? Sure! I'll get the maker!"
posted by dirtdirt at 8:38 AM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ironically, every time I think of Baader-Meinhof, I get the urge to attack Springer for their high journal prices. Then I realize that the RAF attacked a different Springer, and I feel confused. That's my version of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon....

Well you learn something new everyday, so it seems, as I had no idea they were different Springers. It should have been obvious I suppose.
posted by Jehan at 8:43 AM on December 19, 2011


Another one!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:51 AM on December 19, 2011


Oh I get it it's a joke about Jamaica.
posted by kingbenny at 8:52 AM on December 19, 2011


I was a child in the 60's and I really don't remember them being around. Had they started exporting them here?

My daughter never showed any interest either so I the only exposure I ever had to them was when my nephew visited from Japan. He had little packaged sets to build at the dinner table. I thought they were a pretty big waste of money, because once the rocket or car or whatever was assembled he didn't play with it--- he was only interested in the assembly process. Now that I come to think of it does anyone ever recycle their legos?
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 9:01 AM on December 19, 2011


Now that I come to think of it does anyone ever recycle their legos?

are you kidding me? I spent hundreds of hours in my youth building, disassembling, reassembling, inventing... I'd get a kit, build it, play with it, and within a couple of days have it stripped down to its component bricks for incorporation into my own creations.
posted by Tomorrowful at 9:08 AM on December 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


MetaFilter: Lego :: ________ : Diplo

A) The Fader
B) Beatport
C) Resident Advisor
D) Boomkat
E) Hipster Runoff
posted by mykescipark at 9:08 AM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


are you kidding me? I spent hundreds of hours in my youth building, disassembling, reassembling, inventing... I'd get a kit, build it, play with it, and within a couple of days have it stripped down to its component bricks for incorporation into my own creations.

Yeah, basically. Building the actual set on the box was only ever an irritating formality before I could use the component bricks to build whatever I wanted.
posted by codacorolla at 9:15 AM on December 19, 2011


Yeah, generally you get a new kit, build it according to the instructions, take it apart and maybe build one of the ideas on the box, then you add all the new pieces to your collection of bricks so you have that many more pieces with which to build your own models.
posted by bondcliff at 9:17 AM on December 19, 2011


Man! UPS just dropped off my son's million pounds of Lego! My husband can't wait to build the robber's hideout.
posted by Sweetmag at 9:20 AM on December 19, 2011


"The nation of Denmark will do anything, just please tell us where you've planted the bombs and release our royal family."
"You've heard my demands: one million ...pounds of Lego. Or else..."
(Video image of royal family on giant chessboard surrounded by henchmen dressed like pawns.)
"We'll helicopter a man with a cashier's che... Wait. What?"
"Look, it's a long story. Just have it at my skull-shaped island by midnight. And not just basic pieces either!"
posted by griphus at 9:28 AM on December 19, 2011


There's something rotten in the state of Denmark
but its obviously not the Lego
posted by infini at 9:31 AM on December 19, 2011


Just a reminder, Legoland California is open all week until New Years. The tree made of Lego bricks is a sight to be seen. If you don't take your children you are a terrible parent. Mention Metafilter at the ticket office or Southern California Vons stores and get 10% off admission.
posted by birdherder at 9:35 AM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've been basically drooling over the thought of building a whole Lego town off and on for the last week.

First I ogle and marvel.
Then I do some math in my head.
Then I say rude things to God.

Repeat ad nauseam.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:37 AM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I had bunch of Lego as a kid but also a bunch of Tyco, which were more or less compatible but not always perfect fits and also had some specialty pieces that were a non-starter, like the triangle and hex-bend pieces that let you make cooler architectural variations but didn't interlock with actual Lego in a useful way.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:39 AM on December 19, 2011


Oh, here is the appropriate spot for my mostly off-topic rant about Lego people colors. My son, who has brown skin, asked for some brown Lego people for Christmas.

Bluedaisy - you can customize the minifig pieces with vinyl dye and home-made decals. Might be a fun project, doesn't look too difficult, and will probably be cheaper than buying rare collectible minifigs.
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:49 AM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


Bluedaisy - you can customize the minifig pieces with vinyl dye and home-made decals. Might be a fun project, doesn't look too difficult, and will probably be cheaper than buying rare collectible minifigs.

Thanks! I've been googling around about this issue, but hadn't found this solution.
posted by bluedaisy at 9:52 AM on December 19, 2011


Wondering how many people will miss bondcliff's joke

Don't get me started. As a mid-sixties Lego-er, I watched the stuff my son assembled ten years ago with bewilderment. But go and look at the things they're selling now...it is no joke...
posted by Namlit at 9:56 AM on December 19, 2011




restless_nomad: "They were all intended to finally induce me to break down and buy something. Which they did. Dammit."

When I see the phrase "Lego MBA", for some reason I think of piecing together presentations from slides and quotes of other, better presentations and reports.
posted by pwnguin at 10:05 AM on December 19, 2011


bluedaisy, I thought I remember seeing a Star Wars set (or more than one?) with the Jedi played by Samuel L Jackson, if you're still looking for Lego of color. Here we go: Mace Windu Starfighter. (I'm not big on SW Lego, but found the idea of Samuel L. Jackson as a Lego sort of hilarious. I also find the idea of Lego Helena Bonham Carter amusing.)
posted by epersonae at 10:13 AM on December 19, 2011


you know people should just start putting buckets of lego out at parties as conversation starters, we can talk about your job, or build a kickass castle
posted by The Whelk at 10:14 AM on December 19, 2011 [11 favorites]


This page is composed almost entirely of OR backed up with pseudoscientific psych-speak. If it has been documented in any notable source (which excludes damninteresting.com, thank you), I have been unable to find it. An earlier AfD seemed to fail mostly on the basis that the original nominator was unregistered and initially bungled the application. At the very least, complete the merge into synchronicity, which seems to be synonymous but actually has legitimate documentation
posted by Pants! at 10:20 AM on December 19, 2011


I see the Great Stickle Brick Conspiracy of Silence continues unabated.
posted by Abiezer at 10:33 AM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


Also, I'm pretty sure that if you go to a Lego store you can choose from a bunch of different tubs to put together mini-figs, which come in a wide variety of skin tones.
posted by codacorolla at 10:57 AM on December 19, 2011


you know people should just start putting buckets of lego out at parties as conversation starters, we can talk about your job, or build a kickass castle


I will so be there. But I'd have to be pretty drunk to get me to share legos with anyone.
posted by Think_Long at 12:39 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, I'm pretty sure that if you go to a Lego store you can choose from a bunch of different tubs to put together mini-figs, which come in a wide variety of skin tones.

Yeah, you'd think. You can do this online too. It's called pick-a-brick. But the only heads with faces are yellow. They don't have brown hands either, all yellow.

I ended up getting a couple of brown head shapes without a face. How awful is that?

This is not a new issue. Lego hears about this all of the time (you can google for it), despite their protests that yellow is "race-neutral." The only time right now that they make different tones for people is when the characters are representing actual people (like the NBA - not MBA! - players).
posted by bluedaisy at 1:53 PM on December 19, 2011


Thank you for pointing out some Lego related posts I'd missed.
posted by Artw at 1:59 PM on December 19, 2011


Yeah, you'd think. You can do this online too. It's called pick-a-brick. But the only heads with faces are yellow. They don't have brown hands either, all yellow.

Wow, I'm sorry to hear that, and I guess my favorable opinion of the company just made me assume the better of them. It's pretty messed up that your little kid can't the pieces he wants without buying a whole set for a single head or dying the latex.
posted by codacorolla at 2:12 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


"our friends in Denmark" actually includes one of my ex-girlfriends, who from her reaction on Facebook to the Web's reaction to the Lego Friends announcement was definitely not aware of any social media astroturfing.
posted by nicwolff at 2:52 PM on December 19, 2011


Speaking of lego, I recently had a lego experience very much like my experience with skateboarding, where after an absence, I returned to find that the new kids had taken it to a whole new level.

one.two. three.
posted by billyfleetwood at 7:27 PM on December 19, 2011


There is a kid in my son's preschool who has a basement of Lego models up on shelves as sort of a trophy case of the different Lego sets he has built. Each Lego kit is a one-time project; build it and then shelve it, kind of like model airplanes. So wrong.
posted by Mid at 8:03 PM on December 19, 2011


The horror.
posted by Artw at 9:03 PM on December 19, 2011


That's like, Lovecraft levels of wrongness there.
posted by The Whelk at 9:05 PM on December 19, 2011


I've spent the better part of my life studying story-theory, and never came across the word "deutoragonist" until yesterday, when it came up over and over again.
posted by Navelgazer at 9:40 PM on December 19, 2011


This post got me to finally watch the Baader-Meinhof Complex on Netflix.
posted by birdherder at 9:54 PM on December 19, 2011


My boyfriend's christmas present should be here any day now.
posted by addelburgh at 10:34 PM on December 19, 2011


addelburgh, I bought that set last Father's Day and spent the day building it with my son. It's one of the neatest sets I've ever seen and we had a blast building it. Amazingly detailed. I'm really hoping my wife takes the 329095825 hints I've dropped and buys another one of those sets for my son and I for Christmas. I'm thinking maybe the fire station.
posted by bondcliff at 8:41 AM on December 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


But is the Legoposting in this thread meta-astroturfing? That's the real question.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 8:42 PM on December 20, 2011


Each Lego kit is a one-time project; build it and then shelve it, kind of like model airplanes. So wrong.

So the Master Builder kit got here today, and it's plain evidence that Lego itself actively discourages this. There are instructions for three different models, showcasing different techniques (or "techniques" - this is pretty obviously the starter set.) But there are only enough pieces to build one at a time. You're clearly expected to build one, tear it down, build the next, etc. (Which I am doing - I am happy to just snap a few pics of the finished models as mementos.)

The real challenge will be not running to Target and dropping a bunch of cash on more models this afternoon.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 1:15 PM on December 21, 2011


Pretty much all the Lego Creator stuff is 3-in-1 as well.
posted by Artw at 1:24 PM on December 21, 2011


Lego Large Hadron Collider
posted by Burhanistan at 7:47 AM on December 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


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