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Viva la Curie! Lego playset has female scientists

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  • Lego makes new set with three female scientists
  • The set was suggested by a fan and backed by more than 10,000 supporters
Viva la Curie! Lego playset has female scientists

Lego recently announced a new playset after a fan suggested to the company that it create a set of female scientist figures.

Called "Research Institute," the set features a chemist, an astronomer and a paleontologist. The idea to have a set of female scientist figures first surfaced on Lego's Ideas board, which is a section of the brand's website dedicated to fan ideas for future toys. The concept was spearheaded by Dutch geochemist Dr. Ellen Kooijman, who hoped to have a Lego playset that showed girls they can become "anything they want."

If a concept gains 10,000 supporters, Lego officially moves it from the idea stage to the review stage. Almost a year after Lego did this for Kooijman's idea, it announced that the set had been created and is now for sale.

[Via LEGO]

Watch more: Mom's letter to Lands' End goes viral

Kooijman first announced the playset on her blog and posted a review, where she talks about some of the changes that were made between her original design and the final product.

Lands' End also heard similar ideas from a mother whose daughter asked her why the Lands' End catalog only had science-themed shirts for boys. After she wrote a letter to the company that went viral, they added girls' science-themed shirts to their apparel line.

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