LEGO-loving girls and boys will be thrilled to learn that LEGO just debuted a female scientist in their Minifigures Series 11 collection. And more female Minifigures may soon be added to the toy block’s repertoire, with a line of female scientists in the works! The trio of scientists is part of a Minifigure Set project by Alatariel, which was designed to amp up the female presence in LEGO blocks. The project is up for approval, and has gained enormous backing with a petition supported by the Brave Girls Alliance. The lack of female LEGO Minifigs is evident, and the trio of research scientists would be a great addition to the block sets. The three new figures, which represent women at a Research Institute include three scientists and their subsequent labs. The Astronomer looks out at the night sky through a LEGO telescope, the Paleontologist inspects a LEGO tyrannosaurus, and the Chemist mixes the contents of two LEGO Erlenmeyer flasks.
Sadly, most LEGO Minifigs are male. A female surgeon, a zookeeper and a scientist have been released in recent years, but the male figures heavily outweigh the female representation. Last year’s “LEGOs for Girls” were met with sexist disapproval, featuring pink gender specific scenarios.
The new trio of scientists present a better message for both boys and girls, with a motto of “explore the world and beyond,” while maintaining equality for both girl and boy LEGO users.
The project is up for review with the LEGO Review Board this month, with hopes to begin the next phase of production later this year!
Image courtesy Maia Weinstock