LEGO has started to include more female minifigures in their sets over recent years, but there aren’t nearly enough. I’m not talking about the weird-shaped and overly pink LEGO Friends packages, I mean the original blocky designs. Alatariel took note and designed a few female scientist minifigs and shared them on LEGO Ideas (formerly LEGO Cuusoo). The response to her designs were overwhelmingly positive.
If you’re not familiar with LEGO Ideas, it’s basically a platform LEGO creators can use to submit completed builds and sort of propose them to LEGO. Once projects gain 10,000 votes from supporters, the LEGO review board examines them and considers turning them into official sets. Alatariel’s plans featuring miniature labs with an astronomer, a paleontologist, and a chemist made the cut. As you can see from the above picture, the sets are no-nonsense but effectively show women working in scientific fields.
LEGO just performed a regular review of projects submitted through Ideas, and they’ve decided to move ahead with putting the female scientist minifigs on shelves. It’s an exciting move, and the minifigs even beat out Sherlock and Adventure Time sets. They’ll be released under the project title “Research Institute” and will be available in stores as early as August 2014. You can watch the official announcement:
As the video notes, LEGO designers are still determining the final look for the minifigs. My hope is that they stay close to the looks Alatariel developed. I can’t wait to see how many kids (and adults!) purchase these minifigs. I know I’ll be pre-ordering them as soon as I can.
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