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Lego: The year in review

A 100-pound, eight-foot-tall statue made to look like a Lego man was found on Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Fla. (AP)

Lego man washes ashore in Florida: The eight-foot-tall Lego man that washed ashore on Siesta Key Beach in Florida was at first thought to be a viral marketing campaign for Florida’s new Legoland. Instead, it was the bizarre prankish artwork of “Ego Leonard” — also the name of the giant Lego figurine on Facebook and Twitter — an artist from the Netherlands. Leonard did not claim his figurine, which bore the motto, ”NO REAL THAN YOU ARE,” so it was placed in “protective custody”with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. If it’s not claimed, it will be sold on eBay.

Legoland Florida. (Chip Litherland/Legoland Florida/Merlin Entertainment Group)

Lego protesters evicted from a makeshift shelter in "Legotti Park." (Courtesy Chris Grosek)

Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, “T+85_red&yellow,” from the series “Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going, Why, 2010–2011.” (Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro/Gallery Barry Keldoulis)

Legos accused of sexism: Four years of research gave Lego the idea for Lego Friends, a pink-and-lavender set of girls-only blocks for “the other 50 percent of the world’s children.” Immediately, women were furious: The new Lego figurines were skinny like Barbies, and their career scenarios included a beauty salon, a veterinary hospital and a cafe. Besides, as Lyn Mikel Brown wrote in the Huffington Post: “LEGO, of course, already has a perfect product for girls. It's called LEGO, and all they need to do is invite girls to play.”

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.


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