Q&A: Lego Breaks Stereotypes With Female Scientist Minifigures
The 84-year-old toy brand releases its first all-female scientists minifigure set this summer.
Lego announced that it will produce a minifigure set of three female scientists. Thanks to Ellen Kooijman, a geosciences researcher from Sweden, an astronomer, a paleontologist, and a chemist will be added to the Lego toy collection.
Kooijman designed the minifigures with an online tool and submitted her idea to the Lego Ideas forum, which allows users to submit proposals for new Lego sets. Proposals that earn 10,000 supporters are sent to a review board and get a chance at being selected for production. (Related: "Why Is a Woman Who Loves Science So Surprising?")
The final design, pricing, and availability are still being determined, but Lego plans to release the set, which will be called Research Institute, in