LEGO Debuts Collection Featuring Female Scientists

LEGO Debuts Collection Featuring Female Scientists
(Undated) -- A new collection from LEGO is offering a more gender-equal play set for kids. The Danish company has launched a new game called "Research Institute" that includes a cast of female figurines as scientists. The set sold out on LEGO's official website on the day of its debut Monday. It features an astronomer with a telescope, a paleontologist with a dinosaur model and a chemist running her own lab. ABC News says the new collection was designed by geophysicist Ellen Kooijman, who speaks on her blog about the "skewed" ratio of male-to-female figurines in typical LEGO sets and the "rather stereotypical representation of the available female figures."
The "Research Institute" set also arrives months after LEGO received a viral complaint from a seven-year-old named Charlotte Benjamin who sent a handwritten letter to the company wondering why there aren't "more LEGO girl people" who "go on adventures." The toy brand promised Charlotte at the time to take her suggestion into consideration.