Monday, April 7, 2014

Satanic LEGO?

Lego is a tool of Satan, warns Polish priest This is one of those crazy stories that hits the intertubes and then runs around different media. The fact that it first came out on April 1 should be suggestive, but some news stories are reporting additional remarks to an AP reporter on April 4, so maybe this guy is serious. As the story goes, the priest is supposedly complaining about the Monster Fighters sets that include vampires, werewolves, etc., and also cites a story from last year about the increasing number of "angry" faces for LEGO figures. I'm 99% sure that this is all an April Fools joke that got picked up by a news organization, and then other news organizations picked it up from there, etc, but I've seen people complain about Harry Potter, etc, so who knows?

BTW, I'm personally most offended that the picture above, which I grabbed from the Telegraph article on this, actually has Megablox, not LEGO, as the backdrop for the vampire figure. There has to be some midrash expansion on Deuteronomy 22:11 saying that it is wrong to mix LEGO and Megablox.


  1. That's the same response I had to this. The surest sign that it's a joke (if not for April Fools, then certainly for "journalism") is the Megacrap in the photo.

  2. I don't think the MegaBlox is an indication of the joke nature, but rather just media stupidity. I've seen this same image in various places, so I'm not sure if it originated in the Telegraph and then was copied and pasted by other news outlets, or if the Telegraph copied it from someone else. Anyway, I assume that they had the story - either because they made it up as a hoax, or because someone else made it up as a hoax and they believed it, or maybe (very slight probability) it was a real story, and then the editor just told the art guy to come up with an image to run with the story. The art guy then just went online and found a couple of images to paste together to make this one (to me it looks like the fig is the third image you get in a Google image search on "lego vampire".). The art guy probably didn't even realize that the background image wasn't real LEGO.