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Changes in LEGO Toys Show Disturbing Trend, Say Researchers

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'LEGO, the world's largest toy maker, has been making increasingly more violent toys, according to new research from New Zealand scientists at the University of Canterbury. The toys feature a growing number of weapons and sets with violent, war-like themes. Researchers proposed that even if children have other influences on their lives, like TV, computer games and online play, physical toys such as LEGO bricks are still an important presence. By analyzing Lego bricks from product catalogues over the period of 1978-2014, they concluded that the violence of products increased significantly. In fact, weapons are now part of about 30% of Lego kits and about 40% of all catalogue pages contain some form of violence.'

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