NEW ZEALAND (WIVB) — One of your child’s favorite toys may be more violent than it seems.
A new study claims violence has increased significantly since LEGO first introduced weapons decades ago.
This study comes from a university in New Zealand where researchers looked at instances of swords, lances and axes in Legos between 1978 and 2014.
They found in 2014 that nearly 30 percent of LEGO sets had weapons in them. Compare that with only 5 percent 30 years ago. The researchers claim “to catch the attention of their customers, toy manufacturers are locked in a metaphorical arms race for exciting new products.”
The researchers link the LEGO changes, in part, to movie theme sets like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings.
A LEGO spokesperson said the company sees a clear distinction between conflict and violence saying conflict is a natural part of how children play.
MORE | Read the study here.