Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Mophing Transforming Lego Scorpion and the Japanese Self
Mophing Transforming Lego Scorpion and the Japanese Self, a photo by timtak on Flickr.
Jurat by Toyda is a kind of Lego for morphing robot makers.
I am not sure why Japanese children especially, and anyone who likes the movie series Transformers, are keen on transforming or morphing.
There is often a morph between something inanimate and something animate, between a something used, a tool or vechicle and a using thing living robot.
The above is a scorpion which morphs from/into a sword made by my son from Jurat morphin lego by Toyda.
I would like to suggest that Japanese children (and anyone fond of Transformers, which is most children everyhwere) but especially Japanese children because they remain in a "mirror stage," may be more aware of the Lacanian dictum that the ego or self, which originates in the self-image, is external, dead, a mere tool, and yet at the same time the only self we have. We see, we are, dead people: at best robots, at worst inanimate tools.
This dual nature of the self, (1) as a mere tool or representation to grasp a centre-less consiciousness, and (2) as the best -- though "robotic" or prosthetic -- self that we have, may be being played out in the morphining animation movies, and toys such as the one above.
Labels: Bandai, go-onger, henshin, japanese culture, Jaques Lacan, lacan, morph, nihobunka, nihonbunka, occularcentrism, self, specular, Super-Sentai, superhero, theory, 合体, 変形, 変身, 日本文化
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