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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists 208

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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  • by Anonymous Coward

    hee hee hee

  • by Richy_T ( 111409 ) on Friday June 06, 2014 @11:53AM (#47180083) Homepage

    There have been at least four different Princess Leia Lego minifigs.


  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 06, 2014 @11:54AM (#47180103)

    Will the Madame Curie set glow in the dark?

    • by hey! ( 33014 )

      Will the Madame Curie set glow in the dark?

      Man, I would *SO* buy one of those. In fact I'd buy one for every kid I know, as well as one for myself, especially if it used those awesome new strontium aluminate paints.

      • by lgw ( 121541 )

        Damn, yes! My bag of glow-in-the-dark zombies sits sadly alone.

        I'm the first to scoff at "diversity" nonsense, but for once I think this is a great change. America needs more girls playing with legos, if that's any hint at all they may become engineers. We're sadly behind nations like India and China when it comes to needless cultural obstacles.

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

    • Will the Madame Curie set glow in the dark?

      I didn't see a Madame Curie, but it lools like there's a Susan Calvin!

  • As I read the announcement, it is one set with three figures, not three box sets.
    • if you click into the link, it looks like three sets, each with three figures.

      • by gfxguy ( 98788 )
        No, it looks like there are three sets, each with one minifigure, but that's just what it looks like. The set is not final yet, but it's assumed there will be one "Research Institute" set with three "vignettes," each with a figure and some other model to go with it (a desk, a dinosaur, a telescope).
  • by Doug Otto ( 2821601 ) on Friday June 06, 2014 @11:57AM (#47180159)
    I heard these sets would cost 30% of the sets with male scientists.
  • reflects the real world

  • by PvtVoid ( 1252388 ) on Friday June 06, 2014 @12:01PM (#47180213)
    Does it come with a Lego Dean who can pay them less and deny them tenure when they have children?
    • Exactly. I think this kind of thing needs to be talked about more when people wonder "why aren't more girls going into STEM majors?", as well as other problems with STEM professions. For instance, if you're really interested in mathematics, what kind of career can you look forward to if you get a degree in that? Basically, you can help the NSA spy on everyone, in violation of the 4th Amendment, or you can work as a waitress. This country and the sociopathic companies in it don't provide good careers for

      • Or you can be a software developer. Or an engineer. Or a scientist. A degree in mathematics is surprisingly versatile and can get your foot in the door at some interesting organizations. My friend has an undergraduate math degree and works writing code for slot machines and other gambling contraptions. Beats waiting tables, and pays a lot better than teaching.
        • If you're going to be a software developer or engineer, it helps to have a real engineering degree instead of just a math degree. Yes, you can write code without a CS degree, but it's better to have the CS degree because that shows you were taught about computer science principles like algorithmic complexity, data structures, etc. and didn't just try to pick it up on your own. Yes, it's possible to be an engineer without a degree, but the degree shows you were taught engineering principles. Math is an ex

  • LEGO (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 06, 2014 @12:01PM (#47180219)

    Reducing great women to objects! Mere playthings!

  • Two curved lines on the chest? Eyelashes?

    • It's just bundling female looking hair attachments in the same set as the scientist clothing minifigs.

      Nominally you can get the female hair units by getting princesses or a few other sets that have kind of "specifically" female characters.

    • It's two parts: the head (which is just a painted cylinder), and the hair (which sticks on top of the cylinder). This head assembly can be stuck on top of any generic LEGO body.

    • 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.

      • And you consider yourself politically correct! Hah! I'm one step further. That's not a female scientist, it's a transsexual scientist and that's just how he ... erh, she is supposed to be!

        So there!

      • If you check out the Lego Friends [] sets you will see that they now have mini-fig characters that have more shape to their body. The males and females have different body shapes and actual molded clothes. They are much more similar to Playmobile characters and now include lots of little extra parts like Playmobile has such as apples, crossaints, cups, etc. They made these to appeal to little girls as the rectangular characters didn't encourage girls imagination as much as the Playmobile characters did or some
  • Limited? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jbmartin6 ( 1232050 ) on Friday June 06, 2014 @12:10PM (#47180315)
    Why is it a limited edition?
    • Why is it a limited edition?

      Because Lego women are highly prized, precious, and rare objects of desire?

      Especially for the target group of this product, Lego geeks who may or may not have problems obtaining instances of the other sex.

    • Re:Limited? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Xeth ( 614132 ) on Friday June 06, 2014 @12:36PM (#47180569) Journal
      All sets produced via LEGO Ideas are limited edition. Though in truth, all sets are; you'll find great difficulty getting just sets older than a year, perhaps a year and a half, from the primary market.
      • Though in truth, all sets are

        Dang $500 collectors edition Millenium Falcon... if only I hadn't been a poor college student at the time...

    • by JonWan ( 456212 )

      Because no one will buy them, well execpt for collectors. I sold "action figures" in my video store, we would buy them by the case and maybe there would be 1 or 2 female figures in a case. These were almost always already purchaced by collectors in advance of us recieving our orders. Boys never buy female action fighures, and girls rarely buy action figures Xena was an execption girls bought both the male and female figures. If we ever had an extra female figure it sat on the shelf until some collector noti

      • This reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Comic Book Guy captures Lucy Lawless, looks her up and down with a sneer, and judges her "near mint condition"
    • Because once the next presidential election cycle is over, people will go back to not caring.

  • Science Its a Girl Thing []

  • Based on my experience with Lego sets, the set will probably feature a lego shark in a cage with some kind of death ray looking thing pointed at it.

    And with a more recent Lego shark [], you can indeed put a frickin' laser on his head!

  • I found it interesting that for the URL for the article someone found it necessary to use the word "girl"


    Girl scientist...
  • by Obfuscant ( 592200 ) on Friday June 06, 2014 @01:28PM (#47181053)
    This [] is the one I really want them to make.
  • by codepigeon ( 1202896 ) on Friday June 06, 2014 @03:25PM (#47182153)
    I heard this story on NPR yesterday and they said the idea came from a 7 year old Dutch girl who wrote LEGO a letter complaining about the lack of girl figurines doing the cools things the boys figures where doing.
  • I wonder if enough requests could influence Lego's decision?
  • When I was a kid, you simply replaced the hair to make a male figure female. It worked fine for figures with fairly generic clothes (as a scientist would have).

    I don't recall sets being a big thing either. Then again, that may be because my family always treated LEGO as a creative building toy rather than models.

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