LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

January 22, 2009 -

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has had little to say about video games since joining the 2007 fight against Manhunt 2.

But the Boston-based group has named a popular video game as a finalist in the voting for its first annual TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award.

So, which game has drawn CCFC's wrath? Grand Theft Auto IV? Left 4 Dead? Saints Row 2? Blitz: The League II?

Actually, none of the above. The CCFC has targeted LEGO Batman. Here's what the watchdog group says about the E10-rated game on its website:

How do you turn the ultimate creative toy into a symbol of commercialized childhood?  Begin by partnering with media companies to sell that toy in branded kits designed for recreating movies like Star Wars, rather than creative construction. 

 

Then, dispense with hands-on building altogether by turning your toy into a video game so that instead of deciding what to build next, children choose which cyber weapons to use to beat up their opponent. 

 

Finally, ignore the fact it was rated suitable for ages 10 & up and partner with McDonald’s for a Happy Meal toy giveaway to simultaneously promote the video game, junk food, and the violent Dark Knight movie series to preschoolers.


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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

Where were these fools when they where releasing toys based on the second batman movie. It was the darkest Batman movie I have ever seen..
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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

There are three things in this world that really piss me off, religious and anti-religious (ie. fanatical militant atheists) extremeists, Censorship, and all those "We must think of the children" nanny-state protectionist retards. Guess what children neither want nor need your so-called protection.

 "No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

You can never please these idiots.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

I completely agree. Lego batman is all marketing and no game. Those previously listed lego games allow one to build cars and that's all. That's no fucking lego game. Try again.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

Alright, so get your kids Gears of War 2 instead then.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

OOH! LEGO! but then..why associate Lego with games anyway? that just totally destroy children's imagination..and i do play Lego's when i was younger..

Lego's are meant to be BRICKS and it uses a Child's imagination. that's why its good. Lego Games totally unwise. games should remain where it is. and if LEGO Batman don't work out for anyone in games. then don't do LEGO games at all. it should REMAIN as BRICKS. i Love LEGO bricks. hated each and every game released.

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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

Agreed.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

You know its a serious thing when you get a TOADY Award (which leaves off the C for children, its that serious)  So obviously the people who made lego batman are blasphemers and should go to TOADY Hell.

 

 

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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

I looked at the other toys on that site. Ridiculous. Especially because they're slamming a stationary bike INTENDED TO GET KIDS EXERCISE.

Also, somehow, I get the feeling the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Barbie, with the $79.99 price tag, isn't the kind intended for "ages 5+". Nice work, guys.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

...wow. I mean... this is BEYOND ridiculous.

First in that quoted passage, they say that playing with franchise-themed Lego's isn't 'creative construction.' Could you define that term for me, please? What does that mean? That they should only 'construct' things if it's being donated to some sort of charity? That play-time as a whole should only have some sort of incentive other than the joy of the child playing? What, i'm asking!

Then they just blatently disregard the fact that the game itself is about the Batman franchise as a whole, rather than Dark Knight, which is a different matter entirely.

Finally, 'OMG THE LITTLE LEGO BLOCKS ARE BEATING EACH OTHER UP. HIDE THE CHILDREN.' What the hell? I'm surprised that they don't just go after Legos as a whole, not just franchise-themed ones, since you can beat them up in play as well. I mean, you 'beat each other up' in Street Fighter 2, for crying out loud. Where's the cry for the banning of its most recent remake on the online market? (Don't ask me to remember the full name, since by now there's so many subtitles tacked on it's hard to remember how many adjectives are being used)

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

I actually agree with them.  Video Games are great, but leaning to build with legos is a great tool for learning spatial skills and critical thinking.  I'm sure they couldve phrased it less "SCARE TACTICY" or something, but the point remains, legos are educational an constructive, lego video games are destructive and brain fluff.  It's a matter of moderation and knowing your child's limits, as always.

 

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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

TOADY? That sounds like a porn award.

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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

 They're right of course, Dark Knight isn't suitable for small children at all.

 

It's very long and takes a while to develop. Kids just don't have the attention span when they don't understand the drama of the first and second acts.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

This is more funny and yet, patheic then back in the 50s when they used to say Robin and Batman were having a homosexual realtionship.

 

"We may be human, but we're still animals" -Steve Vai (World's greatest guitarist!)

"We may be human, but we're still animals" -Steve Vai (World's greatest guitarist!)

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

Slash fiction? Alive and well in the '50s? lol Never heard of that before, but I was born in the '80s.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

lol, not really, but like the guy stated, critics used to bash the Batman comics because they claim Bruce and Robin had a homosexual realtionship and it was influcing boys to be gay.

 

History Channel mentioned this in a show they had about the history of comic books.

 

"We may be human, but we're still animals" -Steve Vai (World's greatest guitarist!)

"We may be human, but we're still animals" -Steve Vai (World's greatest guitarist!)

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

 Well, according to critics the actual Detective comics were full of sexual innuendo between Batman and Robin.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

Well to be honest I always wondered about Robin...

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

Yeah, wearing those crotch high spandex he's practically asking for Batman's embrace. Robin isn't the problem, it's the billionaire playboy.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

LEGO Batman, bad for kids?

Idiots.
 
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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

Giovanni facepalm.

 

You, sir, have made my day. Thanks for starting my morning off nicely.

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Happy to be of service.

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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

They should've included that in every episode where Team Rocket screws up (almost every episode in the series, at least when I watched it as a kid).  Why he never fired them I don't know.  As for you people who pick on Sahdow, everyone expresses themselves in different ways.  some through pictures, some through words, some through gestures.  Just because he has a different way of communicating how he feels does not mean you should pick on him.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

Are you new here?  We've let his monotonous posts go for months without saying anything, and frankly some of us aren't willing to stay silent anymore.

"There is no sin except stupidity." - Oscar Wilde

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

I know you've let it go on for months.  Shadow was the one who introduced me to Gamepolitics in the first place.  The reason you should go back to silence about it is because like I said it's his way of expressing his opinions.  It's like when my preacher flipped off Shadow and I didn't say anything because I was too busy laughing at the fact that a preacher would do such a thing.  Whether Shadow puts his opinion in words or pictures or gestures (example: *flips off Jack Thompson*) it's all the same.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

You know him personally?  I'd say you're a bit biased, then.  The issue for me is not and has never been the pictures.  It's the total lack of thought beyond that which annoys me.  Over and over again.

And I don't even want to know what he did to make a preacher flip him off.

"There is no sin except stupidity." - Oscar Wilde

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

So, what you're saying is that Shadow's facepalms make you...facepalm?


Andrew Eisen

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

Only gets rid of the first facepalm post by this twit but hopefully that is enough.

 

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// @description     Remove the pointless "facepalm" twat from GP.
// @include         http://www.gamepolitics.com/*
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var comment = comments.iterateNext();
if(comment) {
    comment.parentNode.removeChild(comment);
}
   
 

Mm, maybe I should not kill all the post but just the message part of it.

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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

What is it with you people? A guy posting image macros on the internet, so what? Why do so many passing through here get their panties in a bunch over it?

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

// ==UserScript==
// @name            Test
// @namespace       http://example.com/test
// @description     Remove that nastie mr_mlk from GP.
// @include         http://www.gamepolitics.com/*
// ==/UserScript==
var comments = document.evaluate("//span[@class='submitted']/strong[text()='mr_mlk']/../../..", document, null, XPathResult.ANY_TYPE,null);
var comment = comments.iterateNext();
if(comment) {
    comment.parentNode.removeChild(comment);
}

 

Prob. Sol. ;)

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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

Likely for the same reason that people "get their panties in a bunch" when somone tries to hold a serious event in Second Life only to have someone "express" themsevles at said event by penis bombing said event.

SDM's posts are a Gamepolitics penis bombing run.

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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

Probably for the same reason we don't like listening to the same CD or watching the same movie everyday.  It gets quite tiresome, eventually.

"There is no sin except stupidity." - Oscar Wilde

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

What is with you? A guy posting scripts to avoid these obnoxious "macros" from this certian repeat offender for those who want to use it, so what? You seem to be bunching your panties over somebody posting a potential solution to an annoying issue.

Personally, I thank mr_mlk for attempting to provide solitude.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

As I always say. Don't like how people are, then GTFO. Quit wasting space on the page for the sake of your indignation. Maybe when you get the right to wield the BanHammer I'll pay heed to your grievance, but for now, shut up and sit in the corner until you learn to accept people's shortcomings, even if some people consider them longer than others do.

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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

I don't give a toot if you get banned or not. I don't see the image any more.

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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

How can you say that you won't pay attention to anyone who doesn't have the right to ban people, and in the same breath order those that don't like you to GTFO?  Surely even you can see the hypocrisy here, since last I checked, you can't ban people either.

"There is no sin except stupidity." - Oscar Wilde

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

I do know that, but it saves the admins the trouble. As for your gripes with me, that's already reached a point in which we're going to need an admin. Frank (below) is right, plus he's not new here. He's been here for a while.

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Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

No admin is needed.  They decided you can post as many pics as you want, and people like me can criticize you as much as we want.  End of story.

Frank is apparently some buddy of yours.  That in itself doesn't make him right.

"There is no sin except stupidity." - Oscar Wilde

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

We're expressing our frustration with you. If you can't handle this without running to a mod then maybe you're the one who should leave, or reconsider your posting style at the very least.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

Wow, hypocritical and a human meme genorator.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

What the hell?  Is it really that hard to gather up enough brain cells to do/say something that isn't fucking stupid?

Also, after checking their wesite, I must say that they truely are horrible, decietful motherfuckers.  They could at least define "Creative Play" (as it stands, it seems to be whatever they want it to mean.)  And Legos? Are they fucking serious?  not only did the company not always make the wonderful interlocking bricks that I build starfleets and such from, but they brick have almost always come in kits.  But worse than anything else, they underestimate the mental capacity of the average ~8+ year old and that the ads allow parents to teach children they can't have every goddamn thing they want.

Recommended course of action: travel back in time and abort the founders of the CCFC with a Falcon Punch.  Barring this, decisive action should be taken to eliminate them or by some other means, protect the general population from exposure the the CCFC.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

This is getting beyond insane.

I guess someone needs to stand up and try to voice a ban on Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

Like for the love of God, this is worse than PETA.

TBoneTony

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

Its a three way tie between the PTC thinking they are responsible for getting obscene television shows off the air when in reality they sucked to begin with and simply had low ratings,

PETA using the old "We were being tounge in cheek but we got you talking about our cause so suck it and quit complaining you complainers." and this thing with the CCFC>

Re: LEGO Batman Makes "Watchdog" Group's List of "Terrible" Toys

It's a shame that President Obama signed an executive order shutting down the prison in Guantanamo, because every member of those three groups belong there.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.

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Re: LEGO Batman Makes "Watchdog" Group's List of "Terrible" Toys

not really, if only due to the fact that Gitmo isn't big enough for all of them.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes "Watchdog" Group's List of "Terrible" Toys

After all, you can only stack nude prisoners so high before you reach the ceiling! Hee

Re: LEGO Batman Makes "Watchdog" Group's List of "Terrible" Toys

Ouch.
...
That was awesome.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

*goes outside and screams in anger*

>:( are people that freaking stupid?

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

All children should be made to watch the Dark Knight and be made aware of homocidal maniacs dressed as clowns.

Re: LEGO Batman Makes Watchdog Group's List of Terrible Toys

And my sister wondered why I had a fear of Clowns growing up.


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