Good news, LEGO fans! Tiny female LEGO scientists will finally be making their long-awaited journey to toy store shelves this August!
The toy company just selected the “Female Minifigure Set”, which features a female chemist, a female astronomer, and a female palaeontologist, as its latest LEGO Ideas Winner. Each scientist comes with their own equipment, including a chemistry lab, a telescope and a dinosaur skeleton, with the collection being known as the “Research Institute.”
LEGO has been criticized for its lack of female toys after a 7-year old girl wrote to the company earlier this year asking why only male toys got to do exciting things. In her handwritten letter which went viral, Charlotte Benjamin lamented that there were “more LEGO boy people and barely any LEGO girls …all the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs, but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people … even swam with sharks.”
The idea for the “Female Minifigure Set” was suggested by Dr. Ellen Kooijman, who wrote in her project proposal that professional LEGO figurines could “show that girls can become anything they want, including a palaeontologist or an astronomer.” Anyone can submit a proposal for a new LEGO set to the LEGO Ideas platform. Proposals that get more than 10,000 votes then get reviewed by the company as a potential real-world project.