Classic-Castle.com


The source for all your LEGO Castle needs!

Russian Toy Protest

Discussion of general LEGO topics

Russian Toy Protest

Postby Bruce N H » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:51 pm

Hey all,

Image

Russians upset with recent moves by their government have become creative. Last month there was a toy protest in the city of Barnaul, with stuffed animals, LEGO figs, and other toys holding banners protesting election corruption. This was ruled illegal since it had not been sanctioned. So the protesters submitted a petition for a second toy rally, featuring "100 Kinder Surprise toys, 100 Lego people, 20 model soldiers, 15 soft toys and 10 toy cars", but it was rejected because, the toys are not "citizens of Russia", and therefore do not have any right to protest.
"As you understand, toys, especially imported toys, are not only not citizens of Russia but they are not even people," Andrei Lyapunov, a spokesman for Barnaul, told local media.


We need to stand up for the free speech rights of Russian minifigs!

Bruce
User avatar
Bruce N H
Precentor of the Scriptorium
Precentor of the Scriptorium
 
Posts: 6724
Joined: Mon Sep 15, 2003 9:11 pm
Location: Middle Zealand

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby theboywarrior » Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:58 pm

Where do you get this stuff, Bruce? :lol: This is just TOO funny.




In Soviet Russia... LEGOs step on YOU!
Some folk we never forget
Some kind we never forgive
Haven’t seen the back of us yet
We’ll fight as long as we live

Image
User avatar
theboywarrior
Steward
 
Posts: 588
Joined: Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:02 am
Location: Trenzalore. Help.

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby Bluesecrets » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:23 am

100 Kinder Surprise toys


!!!!! Even Russia can have Kinder Eggs and the US can't!?!?! :raiseone:

It is a brilliant bit of information Bruce.
~ Brickshelf~Flickr~

Queen of Tan

Any building, is good building. Build for the fun of it!
User avatar
Bluesecrets
High Priestess of the Vermillion Order
High Priestess of the Vermillion Order
 
Posts: 2058
Joined: Sat Sep 04, 2004 6:21 pm
Location: On the girls side of the room.

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby Medieval Guy » Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:03 am

Bluesecrets wrote:
100 Kinder Surprise toys


!!!!! Even Russia can have Kinder Eggs and the US can't!?!?! :raiseone:

It is a brilliant bit of information Bruce.

Yeah, you'd think that they would be a huge success around here. Kids love candy and toys, so I don't know why we don't have them. I've only tried them courtesy of some German friends.

As for the Russian protests, the use of toys is a good way to get sone publicity.
User avatar
Medieval Guy
Squire
 
Posts: 618
Joined: Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:58 pm
Location: "Where the wind comes sweeping down the plains!"

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby Bruce N H » Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:23 am

I've gotten KinderToys in the US before. Back when I was in school at UCLA this little snack shop had them. I didn't realize they weren't generally available.

BoyWarrior - I check 'lego' on Google news relatively regularly.

Bruce
User avatar
Bruce N H
Precentor of the Scriptorium
Precentor of the Scriptorium
 
Posts: 6724
Joined: Mon Sep 15, 2003 9:11 pm
Location: Middle Zealand

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby Bluesecrets » Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:30 am

Kinder Eggs are the one of the most collected contraband coming out of Canada into the US. I read that somewhere once...Trevor can back me on that. I believe the reason we don't have them here in the US is because the toys can be a "choking hazard."

See the following info:

More recently, the US Consumer Products Safety Commission determined in 2008 that the product did not meet the small-parts requirement for toys for children under the age of three, creating a choking and asphyxiation hazard in young children. From 1991 to 1998, at least 4 children around the world have died of choking after swallowing the toy inside the Kinder egg.[6]

On January 10, 2011, it was reported that a Kinder egg was seized from a woman's car during a random inspection while entering the United States from Canada. She was informed that bringing the egg into the United States could result in a $300 fine.[2] Seizures such as that one, and even the prohibition of the product itself, have been cited on political blogs and web forums as an example of an overzealous application of law and an intrusion upon personal liberty.[7] The rationale against a ban of the product also takes the form that deaths have been too few for it to be considered a serious danger. Additionally, the argument is made that there should be a consistent standard in place, as several worse dangers are not regulated.[8]


Meanwhile, if those law makers would take the time to have fun with one and taste the chocolate...or just let us have the really huge one I got in Canada once.
~ Brickshelf~Flickr~

Queen of Tan

Any building, is good building. Build for the fun of it!
User avatar
Bluesecrets
High Priestess of the Vermillion Order
High Priestess of the Vermillion Order
 
Posts: 2058
Joined: Sat Sep 04, 2004 6:21 pm
Location: On the girls side of the room.

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby Bruce N H » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:27 pm

Ah. Well I'm thinking back to the late 90's. I'll stop now before going into a more political rant on the role of government here, though maybe toys should hold a rally in Washington DC as well.

Bruce
User avatar
Bruce N H
Precentor of the Scriptorium
Precentor of the Scriptorium
 
Posts: 6724
Joined: Mon Sep 15, 2003 9:11 pm
Location: Middle Zealand

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby mencot » Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:09 pm

Bluesecrets wrote:Kinder Eggs are the one of the most collected contraband coming out of Canada into the US. I read that somewhere once...Trevor can back me on that. I believe the reason we don't have them here in the US is because the toys can be a "choking hazard."

See the following info:

More recently, the US Consumer Products Safety Commission determined in 2008 that the product did not meet the small-parts requirement for toys for children under the age of three, creating a choking and asphyxiation hazard in young children. From 1991 to 1998, at least 4 children around the world have died of choking after swallowing the toy inside the Kinder egg.[6]

On January 10, 2011, it was reported that a Kinder egg was seized from a woman's car during a random inspection while entering the United States from Canada. She was informed that bringing the egg into the United States could result in a $300 fine.[2] Seizures such as that one, and even the prohibition of the product itself, have been cited on political blogs and web forums as an example of an overzealous application of law and an intrusion upon personal liberty.[7] The rationale against a ban of the product also takes the form that deaths have been too few for it to be considered a serious danger. Additionally, the argument is made that there should be a consistent standard in place, as several worse dangers are not regulated.[8]


Meanwhile, if those law makers would take the time to have fun with one and taste the chocolate...or just let us have the really huge one I got in Canada once.

:roflol: whut that is pathetic, so you don't have kinder eggs in the us because of that. Hey first of all there is a big warninglabel on the box and is there on the eggs too on, "not for children under 3" and second who would give the small toy to someone under 3. not going political here because this is not the right place( but stranges how goverments concentrate on this kinds of things and ignore other more important things.) so do you have other Kinder merchandises, choclate bar and candy then?
Sir Mencot Paladin and rogue
ImageImageImage
Flickr
User avatar
mencot
Twifealdlic Builder
 
Posts: 1180
Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:28 am
Location: Den of unforgotten heros

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby Eklund » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:44 pm

mencot wrote::roflol: whut that is pathetic, so you don't have kinder eggs in the us because of that. Hey first of all there is a big warninglabel on the box and is there on the eggs too on, "not for children under 3" and second who would give the small toy to someone under 3. not going political here because this is not the right place( but stranges how goverments concentrate on this kinds of things and ignore other more important things.) so do you have other Kinder merchandises, choclate bar and candy then?

I live in the U.S. and had never even heard of Kinder eggs and candy before this thread, so no I don't think we have other Kinder merchandises, at least I have never seen them.
You would rather be building right now.
ImageImageImage
My Flickr
User avatar
Eklund
Man-At-Arms
 
Posts: 803
Joined: Sat May 28, 2011 2:00 pm
Location: USA-Minnesota

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby soccerkid6 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:30 am

I have had kinder eggs before, several years ago. I have quite a few relatives in Germany, and they brought some with them on one of their visits. I thought they were the coolest thing ever. WARNING: Start of Rant: :wink: Rather sad to hear they illegal in the U.S. I mean really? The government is putting so many regulations/laws in place that don't really make any sense. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? End Rant
John 14:6, Jesus answered, "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
My website: http://brickbuilt.org
Image
User avatar
soccerkid6
Sheriff
 
Posts: 1534
Joined: Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:41 pm
Location: NY (not NY city)

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby eilonwy77 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:31 am

I have never heard of them either, before now.
User avatar
eilonwy77
Archer
 
Posts: 361
Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:37 pm
Location: Spiral Castle

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby Bluesecrets » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:35 am

See the following if you have never seen them before:

http://kimsulli.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/08_kinder_egg.jpg

A great blend of white chocolate and milk chocolate with a cute little surprise. They make me happy. Once I was gifted with a whole case of them...that was pretty fabulous.
~ Brickshelf~Flickr~

Queen of Tan

Any building, is good building. Build for the fun of it!
User avatar
Bluesecrets
High Priestess of the Vermillion Order
High Priestess of the Vermillion Order
 
Posts: 2058
Joined: Sat Sep 04, 2004 6:21 pm
Location: On the girls side of the room.

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby eilonwy77 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:57 am

Oh, I'm pleased to see that the toy seemed to be encased in a plastic egg. I was kind of thinking there would just be a toy in the middle of a bunch of chocolate and it truly would be a choking hazard. But that looks fine. Silly governmental regulations.
User avatar
eilonwy77
Archer
 
Posts: 361
Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:37 pm
Location: Spiral Castle

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby Kev » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:36 am

How absurd. You can walk down any toy aisle in the country and find dozens of toys of the exact same size cluttering the shelves.

Fact: More kids choked to death on legos last year than on kindertoys.
User avatar
Kev
Bailiff
 
Posts: 306
Joined: Wed Sep 17, 2003 9:21 pm

Re: Russian Toy Protest

Postby theboywarrior » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:59 am

Kev wrote:Fact: More kids choked to death on legos last year than on kindertoys.


:o
Shhh.....They don't need to know that!

Free speech for 'figs!
Some folk we never forget
Some kind we never forgive
Haven’t seen the back of us yet
We’ll fight as long as we live

Image
User avatar
theboywarrior
Steward
 
Posts: 588
Joined: Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:02 am
Location: Trenzalore. Help.

Next

Return to General LEGO

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest