Thursday, July 24, 2008

No Lego Girl Guys




I am a Pittsburgh native and proud of it. Although my husband insists that I have been assimilated by my tenure in "the South", there are still a few things about my speech and mannerisms that remain decidedly Pittsburgh. Small note to those who are not from the Burgh, there is a huge (- pronounced without the "h" as in the "y" sound in "you" so it comes out youge) difference in being decidedly Pittsburgh and decidedly Pennsylvanian.

So even though I knock back grits with the best of 'em (if made properly, they are reminiscent of my Italian grandmother's polenta) and nothing beats an RC Cola and Moon Pie, I prefer to have my arteries clogged by pierogies handmade by old ladies wearing babooshkas and sold at the neighborhood church. Not to mention the requisite Polish Kielbasa that comes laden with sauerkraut while naturally watching or talking about a Steeler football game.

Several days after my son was born in 2002, while still under the influence of morphine, I watched the Steelers play the Falcons on TV. The bantering between me and my husband was somewhat subdued (since I was hospitalized and all) but I just KNEW the Steelers would win. The game resulted in a tie. Somewhere in the back of my drug induced mind, I convinced myself that my son was going to be a referee. (Dominic from the NICU: Mommy and Daddy, please don't fight, everyone knows that the Steelers are better than the Falcons, but we are in Atlanta after all Mom - you'll have your day ... just wait".) Clearly, the drugs were magnificent ... but, the Steelers did win SuperBowl XL 2 years later ... so back to the post.

Over the years, I've tried to maintain a somewhat neutral position when it comes to North vs. South ... after all, in all seriousness, my "kin folk" weren't even in this country until the 1940's on my dad's side and the 1920's on my mom's side ... so, um, that whole "Act of Northern Aggression" just wasn't my gig. WWI & WWII - now you're talking.

So over the years, Dominic has been properly exposed to both sides. Naturally he owns his very own Terrible Towel, eats pierogies, and "Go Steelers!" was one of the very first things he said. However, he also has a charming southern lilt to his voice although since neither my husband nor I use the delightful expression "y'all", that's one notably missing piece to his Southern exposure. Since I was expelled from the state of South Carolina, I don't use the Pittsburgh "yunz" any longer. However, I apparently do say, "Guys" more than I thought I did ... as in, "these guys here", "those guys there", "hey, you guys ...", "would you guys like to come over ..." - you guys get the picture, right?

So when we were building pirate ships with our Legos yesterday, he said, "Mommy, there are no LEGO-girl guys". I actually had to stop and think what he meant ... at five he was already conceptualizing gender confusion?

"No LEGO Girl Guys?"

"No, Mommy, no LEGO-girl guys."

"Huh."

"Mommy, there are no girl LEGOS."

"Ohhhhhh." (light bulb burning brightly at this moment)

So I did the only thing I could do - I hopped on the LEGO site and found the LEGO World people (picture above).

Here's the thing ... as a specific kind of mom who plays with LEGOS, I want a representative LEGO figure - the Mom who looks like she rolled out of bed just a few minutes ago, takes high powered conference calls in her PJ's, doesn't brush her teeth until after coffee, and can hold at least 15 things in her hand at one time. I don't know about you, but I just don't see that in any of the World people.

So at the moment, we have no LEGO-girl guys ... just boy LEGOS (boy construction workers, boy firemen, boy knights, boy paramedics, boy policemen ...). There's a huge (now that you know how to pronounce it) opportunity for LEGO here. They can do a whole Mom series (corporate moms, blogging moms, the moms mentioned above ...).

Brilliant, simply brilliant.

Sure they could go with the lady fire department, police, damsels, and constructions workers - but that's so politically correct ... clearly this is an untapped market. Why stop at the "World people" LEGO? Make it real - give us a Mom-LEGO guy.

4 comments:

Vixen said...

Come one Lego guys, there is a HUGE market just waiting to be tapped here! And be sure to give Lisa her cut!

Lisa said...

Thanks for the support Vixen - I'll forward a percentage of any royalties I get on to you!!!!

heather said...

OH OH! I know a NEW LAWYER who would LOVE to take this on! :)

Kelly Mauldin said...

Kenny and I just found a 'lego girl guy'!!! Jungle Surprise #1271. She's wearing lipstick and mascara - in the jungle - looking for treasure. hmmm. Sounds like a man came up with that one. :)