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LEGO to release female scientist minifigures

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There's good news for girls who love LEGOs and science -- and yes, there are a lot of them! LEGO has announced that it will release a set of three female scientist minifigures this August.

The minifigures were created as part of the company's Ideas crowd-source website.

"We're very excited to release Ellen Kooijman's Female Minifigure set, featuring three scientists, now entitled 'Research Institute as our next LEGO Ideas set," LEGO said in an official statement, "This awesome model is an inspiring set that offers a lot for kids as well as adults."

Designer Ellen Kooijman, a scientist herself, wrote on LEGO® ideas:

Although recently LEGO® has started to design and add more female figures to their sets, they are still a minority. A small set of minifigures would provide a great opportunity to add women to our LEGO® town or city communities. I have designed some professional female minifigures that also show that girls can become anything they want, including a paleontologist or an astronomer. Being a geochemist myself the geologist and chemist figures are based on me:-)

She went on to describe her vision of the minifigures:

Each figure comes with a 6x4 base plate and a corresponding setting to enhance the building experience and stimulate creativity. The sets also come with lots of accessories, such as bones, vials, a magnifying glass, etc. I have designed 12 individual vignettes, but I imagine a selection of 3 would make a good box size.

Kooijman's original proposal included 12 female figures, including a geologist, a robotics engineer, a firefighter, a judge and a falconer.

After narrowing the minifigures down to a "Research Institute" set of three, Kooijman said of the final set:

The motto of these Scientists is clear: explore the world and beyond! The Astronomer discovers new stars and planets with the telescope, the Paleontologist studies the origin of the dinosaurs and the Chemist does experiments in the laboratory.

The proposed set consists of 138 parts. It consists of a female astronomer, chemist and paleontologist, as well as pieces to create a dinosaur model and more.

The Ideas website allows fans to submit ideas, which are voted on by the community. If any proposal gets over 10,000 votes, LEGO considers producing it if there are no copyright or licensing issues.

The price for the scientist set has not yet been finalized.

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