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she blinded me with science

Lego’s First Female Scientist Minifig Now on Sale

Her name is Professor C. Bodin, and she’s responsible for breakthroughs that allow the swapping of body parts from one Lego person to another, allowing minifigs everywhere to experience various forms of locomotion.

She’s also the very first female minifigure whose profession is “scientist” that Lego has ever produced.

The Scientific American’s Maia Weinstock has the story of how she got her hands on one, and how this has kind of been a long time coming. It’s not that Lego has never made lady minifigs with a job in the STEM field, in fact the first female minifig was a doctor, but they’ve been few and far between. And every time they’ve made a minifig that was simply a “scientist,” it was always a guy. From SA:

One collectible [female] minifig is a surgeon, complete with mask, syringe, and X-ray slide. If you consider wild animal care a branch of science, then you can include the Zookeeper among LEGO’s [female] STEM professionals. Several generic female “scientists” were also released as part of the FIRST LEGO League, but they and their male partners were scientists in name only; their clothes had no markings, nor did they carry any scientific instruments.

Professor Bodin comes with two Erlenmeyer flasks, blind packaged along with her other minifig Series 11 counterparts. Weinstock’s article frames the step that her minifig represents expertly: in that it’s just as important to tell boys that girls can be anything they want to be as it is to tell girls that they can be anything they want to be. Producing a female scientist minifigure that isn’t part of the exclusively marketed towards girls Friends line expands the the idea of what a scientist looks or can be like for both genders.

You can read the rest of the article, including a good tip on how to identify which blind packaged pouch contains Professor Bodin, at the Scientific American.

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting. I remember the Ice Station Odyssey playset I got as a kid had a female astronaut-scientist, but she might have just been tagged as “astronaut.”

    The playset was very much themed around rocketry and experiments (just like the entire Ice Planet 2000 line).

    Anyway, glad to see this cool development. Although Dr. Bodin’s locomotion enhancement reminds me uncomfortably of where X:Com Enemy Within is going…

  • jcallina

    Prof. Bodin my foot. This is clearly Dr. Ruth Leavitt from Andromeda Strain.

  • Amy Henson

    what Shirley answered I didnt even know that some one can get paid $8364 in 4 weeks on the computer. my sources


  • Charles Caldwell

    I have a couple of female minifigs…one is an Olympic Swimmer, another one is Medusa (Gorgon), and Catwoman. But I will be looking for this one :-) OOooohh I see first female scientist… gotcha.

  • BabeWoreRed

    My cat is named Dax because of her epic awesomeness lol

  • BabeWoreRed

    Still wearing lipstick of course…

  • Anonymous

    She blinded me with Legos!

  • Kris Kail

    Frankly I’d be happier with the default black dots and a curve for a smile, with hair being the only way to determine if the minifig was male or female (men never had hair back in the day if memory serves).

  • Anonymous

    Nice one.
    But sounds more like ‘Prof Mary Shelley’ to me.

  • Emily Hill

    I like to see Anita Sarkeesian try and explain how this is not aimed at boys and GIRLS and any fans of her here I am female and I despise the woman for her lack of research or leaving stuff out to make it seem like things like Videogames and toys like Lego is only appealing to boys in short she is a straw feminist as the money she earned could have gone to Domestic violence against women instead of whining about women supposedly being Damsels in videogames