LEGO Releases A Mini-Figure Our Girls Can Admire

The perennially popular LEGO released its 11th mini-figure series earlier this month, and this is one series we’re really excited about. What’s got us in a LEGO-loving frenzy? One Professor C. Bodin, LEGO’s first female scientist mini-figure. Since seeing change in the way toy companies market to girls is one of our passions, Professor Bodin’s recent arrival on the scene gives us hope that change is on the way.

LEGO Female Scientist

Sure, LEGO has plenty of female mini-figures. Series 11 also includes a diner waitress, a grandma, and a “Lady Robot.” However, female mini-figures in STEM careers (and those not clad solely in pink or baring skin) have been few and far between. The original female mini-figure was a doctor who made her debut in 1978, and a female astronaut appeared in 1993. We’re not fans of the LEGO Friends line, which debuted last year—and that’s why we’re even happier that Professor Bodin arrived to help stir up some buzz for STEM careers. While the Lego Friends dabble in some STEM-inspired careers like working in a veterinarian’s office, the LEGO Friends characters have distinctively different body styles than mini-figures do, and both the characters and their play sets are covered in pastels.  (Is your veterinarian’s office pink and periwinkle?)

Not only is Professor Bodin mostly devoid of “girly” colors (OK, the top under her lab coat does appear purple), she also comes with an impressive bio: according to the LEGO website, her scientific talents and “tireless research” have resulted in great achievements.  For instance, “Minifigures that have misplaced their legs can now attach new pieces to let them swim like fish, slither like snakes, and stomp around like robots.” The distinguished Professor also won a Nobrick Prize for her work (we’re guessing this is the LEGO equivalent of a Nobel Prize), so she’s at the top of her field.

Professor C. Bodin? We think you’re a no-fuss, brainy, female breath of fresh air. We love your glasses, your colorful Erlenmeyer flasks, and yes, OK, even your pretty smile. We’re so glad you’re here to inspire our daughters to work hard and learn about science and math because that’s way cooler than limiting their imaginations (not to mention their career aspirations) to dolls and dress-up.

LEGO, if you’re listening? We’d love a STEM career woman in every mini-figure series for a few years, at least until you’ve bridged the mini-figure gender gap.

What do you think of LEGO’s newest mini-figure? Do you think accomplished female mini-figures are here to stay?

  • Uber

    Last year, a lego fan developped an interesting “female minifigures set” project’. Lego is officially studying it now…
    http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/15401

    It’s true this is far far better than the sexist “LegoFriends” series…

  • brendachapman

    Wonderful! Thanks for sending the link. They look great! 🙂 Gook to know that Lego is trying.

  • cfine

    Do we need Lego to make it ok for girls to want to be scientists? Sad…

    • brendachapman

      Yes, it is sad. If they were more encouraged in schools to become those things, this wouldn’t be such a big deal. My hope is that someday, we can just see a toy like this and think “cool!” And move on.

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