Good news ladies, Lego Land is about to get more scientific.
Lego has just announced a new collection called “Research Institute” that will feature female Lego characters in 3 scientific fields: chemistry, astronomy, and paleontology. Each of the 3 Lego characters also comes with their own scientific equipment which includes either chemistry lab, a telescope, or a dinosaur skeleton, depending on which Lego figure you receive.
The idea for the collection came from Dr. Ellen Kooijman who wrote that the Lego figurines can “show that girls can become anything they want, including a paleontologist or an astronomer.” In her proposal for the new set, she stated that while the proposal included multiple figurines there was a chance only one would be chosen, which she picked the paleontologist. However, all three were chosen. She also created other figurines including a geologist, robotic engineer, and even a female firefighter.
In order for an idea to be reviewed by Lego a person must write a proposal for the project and gain 10,000 votes on Lego Ideas. The project is then reviewed by the company itself and has a chance to become a real set.
The “Research Institute” set also went against 6 other sets which included a Sherlock set and an Adventure Time set, along with other amazing ideas. Lego is able to pick various sets or none at all.
Lego has recently been under fire for its lack of female Lego characters after being sent a letter by a seven year old girl named Charlotte Benjamin who stated that “more LEGO boy people and barely any LEGO girls” and also that “all the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs, but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people … even swam with sharks,” referring to their recent “Lego Friends” series which was released as a way to gain more popularity with little girls.
The “Research Institute” set will be released this August.
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