In a new series of Lego figures, only 2 of the 16 are female. Bad news.
Even worse: those 2 are cheerleader and nurse (while the men get to be ninja’s, deep sea divers, spacemen, forestmen, magicians…). Talk about limiting imagination and aspiration early on.
It must be said, though, that the nurse sounds pretty awesome:
She can tape up a boo-boo, dash to the scene of an accident with a wheelchair or build a fully-functional MRI machine out of random spare pieces, all in a dizzying blur of motion
Recommended solution to the limited roles for the female figures: utilise the detachable heads.
Also: I’m confused about what Lego are doing with race. All the figures have yellow skin. In the mini figures series, it seems the only way to indicate any racial or ethnic identity is with costume and accessories (witness the ‘tribal hunter’).
Then in the other products, all the figures also appear to be yellow, except in the ‘Prince of Persia‘ set where the figures are light beige (and the Star Wars set, where one figure is blue). So is yellow supposed to indicate white skin? Or (false) racial neutrality? I thought maybe the makers were afraid of making figures with brown skin and getting it wrong. But then their duplo (pre-lego) series has a ‘world people set’ which obviously includes people of different races. So it seems all very confused.
Thanks to reader L for the tip off!