LEGO Will No Longer Make Female Scientist MiniFig Collection

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By: Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

Remember earlier this year when we told you about a new LEGO collection featuring female scientists? It was called The Research Institute and sold out within days. Retailers like Toys R Us, Target, and Walmart didn’t even have the chance to carry it.

Well, bad news, LEGO fans. The company has announced the set was a limited edition and they won’t be making any more.

Naturally, there has been outrage among those who were excited to see women represented in STEM fields and not at a beauty shop or out shopping. In fact, Melissa Atkins Wardy, author of “Redefining Girly” and creator of Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies, started a petition to encourage LEGO to bring back The Research Institute.

In recent years, LEGO has become the world’s largest toy maker. The influence they have on young children is immeasurable and they risk losing fans if they don’t listen to what people want, especially in this situation. If they don’t bring The Research Institute back, they are essentially telling children female scientists themselves are limited edition; they’re just a trend that will eventually go away just like the playset.

More than 4,600 people have already signed and if you would like to add your support, the petition can be found here.


    6 Comments

  1. Jereme HussSeptember 23rd, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I would get it for my son. He knows that there are smart and strong females and treats them the same as the male role models.
    I think the limited edition aspect of Legos is ridiculous, since the company doesn’t make any additional profit once they hit the “collector”/ resale market.
    Lego Movie toys were completely sold out a week after the movie was released. Now I see several stores that received additional inventory of the LM line. Some sets I didn’t even see before the movie came out. Give the toy loving and playing public what they want.

  2. Joel RolstonSeptember 23rd, 2014 at 11:24 am

    May I suggest that we also recommend female construction workers, train conductors, female cops, doctors, etc. This isn’t the only limited edition set that LEGO has produced, and there are several different sets and mini figures that incorporate female characters. If anything, the female mini figures are more unique than the many male mini figures that LEGO has created!

  3. Molly clineSeptember 23rd, 2014 at 11:43 am

    They need to keep making these. It’s important.

  4. Ragnheidur GestsdottirSeptember 23rd, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I am a woman and I have a son. I am so incredibly disappointed by the lack of female characters/role models anywhere for my child. Who is responsible? Why can we not create stories where the leading character is female and yet not girly or a vampire? I want my boy to see girls and women as a part of a the whole, not as a type that appears in those girl shows that he is not interested in. LEGO makes toys that are pink for girls – but why? Does that exclude the possibility of making toys for girls AND boys with girls as part of the story??? Half of the populations is female – let’s represent that in our stories, toys, books, films and tv programs.

  5. Claire RyderSeptember 23rd, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I was a girl who played with Legos regularly. My favorites were the castles and the Robin Hood themed sets. I have the fondest memories of pouring out thousands of Legos on the living room floor and building for hours with my dad and brother. We would each pick our favorite creation to put on the mantel for the week and the next Saturday we would smash them apart and start all over. These are the memories of which cherished childhoods are made. I tell you about this love of Legos to give my following criticism some credibility. I am not a Lego outsider judging a pastime I don’t understand. I am a die-hard Lego lover who would play with Legos now if they weren’t so stinkin’ expensive. This new Lego line is not what I was hoping for when I wrote Lego asking for female inclusive sets. I did not want a special girls set with no pink and no boys that makes me feel like Lego just gave me permission to be smart. What I wanted was for Lego to add female characters to the already wonderfully engaging and creative sets. I went on the Lego website today and there is still a fantastic Castle set that I would love to play with. There are no women in that set. There is a City set that has a dozen subsets. There is one woman in the entire City set and she is in a canoe—no job for her. Don’t give me a special relegated place in your token (and apparently temporary) women line of toys. Just add women to the already interactive and loved lines.

  6. Victoria PoulsenSeptember 23rd, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    OMG, really? It sold out in less than one day I wanted a set badly. I was 12 years old, in 1975, and my science fair project was entirely about my theory that cancer could be caused by a virus. GUESS WHAT? We now know that many cancers are caused by viruses. I was a girl, in the 70’s who wanted to be a scientist. My now 26 yr old daughter is a scientist too and she was sooooo lucky to get this set, but I was not aware it was for sale. When I found out, it was sold out. YOU MUST re-release this set, it’s brilliant!!!!!

    C’mon Lego, PLEASE make more of this set. Denmark is so brilliant. Your amazing energy producing windmills are all over the California countryside. Denmark leads the way for green tech and Scandanavia leads the way for scientific research as well.

    Best regards,

    Victoria Poulsen (an American Norwegian, married to native Copenhagen.)

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