Danish toymaker Lego said it might not be able to meet holiday demand for plastic building blocks.
The news out of Copenhagen hasn’t set off worldwide panic yet, but it’s only a matter of time.
Blaming corporate restructuring, a spokeswoman on Tuesday said Duplo bricks and Lego City, Star Wars and Lego Technik sets could all be in short supply.
“Many of our most popular products are sold out,” Charlotte Simonsen told the Associated Press.
Surprisingly enough, local residents appear calm.
There were plenty of the pricey kits on Wal-Mart’s shelves two days after the announcement. An employee at Toys R Us in Framingham was actually adding boxes of Batman Lego sets to well-stocked displays late Thursday morning.
And there wasn’t a single crazed hoarder in sight.
But, as I said, it’s only a matter of time.
Once word gets out, there’ll be gaping holes in the Lego landscape and eBay hucksters will command top dollar for last year’s Harry Potter sets. By the time Christmas rolls around, parents will be paying $56,000 for black market Bionicles.
There’s only one way to stop the inevitable.
We pull together like our parents and grandparents did during World War II.
If the Greatest Generation could defeat the German army by saving scraps of tin foil, surely we can save Christmas and Hanukkah for our children.
And if you’re in a house or apartment where a child has lived at any point since the mid-1960s, you have all the pieces you need to be part of the solution.
We don’t need Lego to make more interlocking bricks.
The world already has all the Legos it needs, and then some.
No matter how many times a home’s been thoroughly cleaned, Legos lurk everywhere.
It doesn’t matter if your youngest child left for college in 1978. You still probably step on a stray Lego each time you walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
We’d never be able to capture all the itty-bitty plastic pieces hiding and multiplying like bacteria.
Then again, we don’t have to.
All we need is 10 or 20 per family to save our future.
Patriotic, n’est-ce pas?
But will kids go for it, you ask? All it would take is a lone instant message to a lone random pre-teen to launch buzz and fuel frenzied demand.
“Do U have A-AH?”
Since there wouldn’t be much overhead, the sets could be sold for as little as $9.99. And since most of us would gladly pay to get rid of the nettlesome little bricks, we could put the profits to good use.