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LEGO To Release Female Scientist Figurines

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A trio of female scientists—an astronomer, a paleontologist and a chemist—are coming to the LEGO universe later this summer. The series was selected as the latest LEGO Ideas winner, which allows fans to submit and vote on ideas for upcoming sets.

The upcoming "Research Institute" is the brainchild of Dr. Ellen Kooijman, a geochemist and LEGO fan from Stockholm.

The motivating behind her submission, she explained on her blog, was that "as a female scientist I had noticed two things about the available LEGO sets: a skewed male/female minifigure ratio and a rather stereotypical representation of the available female figures. It seemed logical that I would suggest a small set of female minifigures in interesting professions to make our LEGO city communities more diverse."

This echoes a sentiment popularized earlier this year when a seven-year-old girl wrote a letter to LEGO complaining about their sterotypically gendered sets. She asked that they "make more LEGO girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?!" And now they are doing just that.

"Research Institute" came about through LEGO Ideas, a website that allows enthusiasts to submit suggestions for new sets. Each idea that gathers 10,000 supporters is reviewed by a board of set designers and marketing representatives and from there, select designs are chosen for full-fledged production.

A blog post on LEGO Ideas says "the final design, pricing and availability are still being worked out, but it’s on track to be released August 2014, so keep an eye out!"

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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14 Things You Owned in the '70s That are Worth a Fortune Now
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From old toys and housewares to books and records, these pieces of '70s memorabilia have aged (and increased in value) like fine wine.

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