Three years ago, my three daughters — then ages 9, 9, and 6 — wrote an email to LEGO asking them to feature more female characters. We had a male scientist minifig, and my daughters specifically asked LEGO why there wasn’t a female scientist.
At long last, their wish has been granted. The latest series of LEGO minifigures, released earlier this week, features a female scientist. All of the minifigures retail for $2.99 each, and they come in a “blind bag,” so you don’t know what you’re getting. (Unless, like my kids, you feel around through the packet to see if you can feel the minifigure’s accessories.)
The new scientist figure wears a badge identifying herself as “Professor C. Bodin,” and she carries two Erlenmeyer flasks. According to Prof. Bodin’s bio on LEGO’s website, “she won the coveted Nobrick Prize for her discovery of the theoretical System/DUPLO® Interface.”
Intriguingly, Prof. Bodin’s bio also tells us that she has conducted “tireless research” on limb replacement for other LEGO minifigures, resulting in minifigs who can now “swim like fish, slither like snakes, and stomp around like robots.”
That actually sounds kinda creepy and X-Files-ish. AWESOME.
(Photo Credit: LEGO)