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Lego Releases Female Scientists Set, May Appease 7-Year-Old Critic

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Months after 7-year-old Charlotte Benjamin wrote a letter to Lego accusing its female characters of being boring, the company has released the Research Institute set.

The young girl’s letter went viral and attracted widespread attention, and within a week, Lego responded, saying “we have been very focused on including more female characters and themes that invite even more girls to build.”

The new play set now includes a female paleontologist, astronomer and chemist.

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  • Kristin Pedemonti

    YAY! Score 1 for Lego! I've been a fan my entire life and it's so GREAT to see the next generation creating & now for girls to have more characters in which they can see themselves = AWESOME! Thank you Lego!

  • Sam

    I always loved Lego as a kid, and I had my girl-Legos on their Lego-surfboards just as much as the boy-Legos. But something like this is just so cool. Especially now as a grown-up Lego lover who works in the science field, I can totally appreciate this. I'm glad that toy companies are now listening to girls like Charlotte!

  • Paul Minett

    My first thought was: I didn't even know they had been held captive.