Inventive, strong girls deserve toys that reflect their amazing personalities. Not waiting for the toy industry to create her ideal play figurines, three year-old Cecilia Fierro has fashioned her own unique LEGO minifigs, dubbed Badass LEGO Girls. By swapping the heads and bodies of male characters with female features, she has invented a cast of "badass" lady warriors, superheroes, cops, and construction workers.
A recent study by Scientific American found that male LEGO minifigs outnumbered females by a ratio of four to one. While the company has worked towards adding more female characters to its line (such as their new professional scientist) they have been slow to close the gap. LEGO received negative reviews for their “LEGO Friends” line that featured stereotypical pink color schemes and limited imaginary themes for girls.
Upon her own volition, Cecilia began taking her figures apart and reassembling them to suit her tastes. Her mother, Julia Fierro started documenting her daughter’s work via Tumblr.
“She intentionally picked accessories that had come with male figures—and also [things] that we, as a society, identify with male gender roles. For example, weapons like bow and arrows, guns, swords, or a police badge and cuffs, or a knight’s armor. Her ‘girl’ Lego recreations came out looking like warriors and soldiers. Most of them are her ‘superhero girls.’” she told the Huffington Post.
Cecilia’s “badass” girls shine a light on how toys are marketed to each gender. Rarely do playthings meant for girls come in colors other than pink or purple, and few focus on science, math, or construction. By fashioning a “monster fighter” from Lex Luthor’s torso, Han Solo’s legs, and a bagpiper’s hat, she is not only demonstrating a fantastic level of ingenuity, but making a clear statement that girls have similar interests to their male counterparts. Now, it’s up to the toy manufacturers to catch up.
Images © Julia Fierro