After much rejoicing at the news last month that LEGO would mass-produce a set of female scientist minifigures, the company has released a prototype of the final set to its original designer, Ellen Kooijman (a.k.a. Alatariel Elensar), who recently posted images of the box and individual parts on her blog.
Kooijman, a Dutch isotope geochemist and LEGO enthusiast, received her advance copy roughly two years after uploading her design for a set of 13 female minifigures to the LEGO Ideas incubator site, formerly known as CUUSOO. The resulting “Research Institute” set, featuring three of Kooijman’s original 13 figures, will be available for purchase from LEGO later this summer.
“I’m extremely excited to have the final set in hand,” writes Kooijman, who also visited the LEGO headquarters in Billund, Denmark, to discuss the set with several of the company’s product designers. “I can easily see the science stories unfolding, but maybe that’s just my nerdy imagination.”
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