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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists 208

Posted by Soulskill
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vossman77 writes: 'According to the Chicago Tribune, "Lego will produce a limited-edition box set called Research Institute, featuring three female scientists in the act of learning more about our world and beyond." The concept received 10,000 supporters on the LEGO ideas site. Creator Ellen Kooijman writes in a blog post, "As a female scientist I had noticed two things about the available Lego sets: a skewed male/female minifigure ratio and a rather stereotypical representation of the available female figures. It seemed logical that I would suggest a small set of female mini-figures in interesting professions to make our Lego city communities more diverse." LEGO says, "The final design, pricing and availability are still being worked out, but it's on track to be released August 2014."'
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

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  • Re: Madame Curie (Score:5, Informative)

    by CRCulver (715279) <crculver@christopherculver.com> on Friday June 06, 2014 @12:24PM (#47180435) Homepage

    Marie SkÃ...odowska-Curie was Polish. Her friends and family called her Panni as opposed to Madame.

    This is an inappropriate nitpick. For one, the Polish word is pani. Two, her husband was a Frenchman, as was nearly her entire social circle from the age of 24 to the end of her life. While Curie did teach her children Polish and retain some ties with her country of origin, "Madame" is an entirely appropriate appelation for this woman who did all her life's work in France, became a French citizen, and served the French state and army.

  • Serious answer: painted-on eyelashes and big lips on the minifig head piece, long hair piece on top. Male & female minifig leg & torso pieces are completely interchangeable.

  • Re:Mmmm (Score:4, Informative)

    by gfxguy (98788) on Friday June 06, 2014 @03:14PM (#47182073)

    I can look at that two ways... I can watch TV and it requires no thought. Or I can choose specific interesting things on politics, nature, or other sciences, and actually think about it.

    So LEGO sets come with instructions, and require little thought to put the sets together the way they've laid it out in the book. That doesn't differ from how it used to be. Oh, you used to be able to just buy buckets of bricks, though! Which, of course, you can still do. The imagination happened when you took those bricks, and you took those sets apart, and made what you wanted instead of what you were told you could make.

    That's the same as it is today. Why don't you visit the ideas site (link in TFS) and see where people's imaginations take them. They're not all works of art by any stretch, but some of the sets offered there are phenomenal. Also take a look at ReBrickable [slashdot.org] for other models people have created.

    It's true they make some simpler sets aimed at younger kids, things with big molded pieces that "real" LEGO enthusiasts hate, but that's not representative of all that's available.

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