A new LEGO set has for Star Trek: The Next Generation has been released and many fans are thrilled. But Wil Wheaton is not so pleased. This set does not come from LEGO, but MiniFigs.me. Wheaton’s character, Wesley Crusher has been depicted as a crying young boy.
He had been asked about this on Twitter and he said, “I love that this set exists. I love that enough people want to do TNG LEGO to create a market demand for these figures.”
He is not impressed with the way they have depicted Wesley Crusher and feels that it is very unfair to the fans who identified with this character.
“In this particular custom set, though, Wesley is depicted as a crying child, and that’s not just disappointing to me, it’s kind of insulting and demeaning to everyone who loved that character when they were kids. The creator of this set is saying that Wesley Crusher is a crybaby, and he doesn’t deserve to stand shoulder to minifig shoulder with the rest of the crew. People who loved Wesley, who were inspired by him to pursue careers in science and engineering, who were thrilled when they were kids to see another kid driving a spaceship? Well, the character they loved was a crybaby so just suck it up I guess.”
Crusher is a character that a whole lot of Star Trek fans take issue with. Wheaton has explained that he does understand some issues, but he adds that the poorly written version of this character was to be blamed. He said that a crying figure is an insult to those who grew up loving this character. Wheaton then says that the figure may be funny from a few perspectives.
“I want to be clear here, because I know that future members of my Twitter blocklist will send me a cropped image of LEGO Wesley crying, or tell me to shut up because I’m making too much of this: this isn’t about me. This is about thirty years of people kicking Wesley Crusher around because writers in the first season of Next Generation (who gave us such memorable gems as Angel One, Code of Honor, and The Last Outpost) didn’t write him as well as writers did in later seasons, and once the fandom narrative was fixed, no amount of Final Mission or Starfleet Academy-like episodes could change it. I understand that a lot of people will see the humor in this, and I respect that. From a certain point of view, it is very funny. I don’t think that this was done this way to be mean/ If anything, it’s just lazy.”
These figures can be bought individually, but an image that got a whole lot of attention was the group photo of the cast. Wesley Crusher does stand out in this picture. One can purchase an individual figure that even has a non-crybaby face.