LEGO Research Institute is GO!

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The most exciting news in the LEGO world is that this all female set has been released.

I write many reviews of LEGO sets for Dorkadore and it’s always clear that female minifigs and characters are in the minority. This set is a great and positive addition.

It’s a special edition, started and released through the LEGO Cuusoo/Ideas site (in the same manner as the Ghostbusters ECTO-1), and the first stock has already run out by the looks of it.

This has to be a step in the right direction, doesn’t it? And let’s all buy it to show how much we want more kits with sexual equality in mind.

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Moomin Lego!

It’ll be of no surprise to most of you that I’m a Moomin fan. Tove Jansson is a legend. And so, as I was idly building Lego with my daughter recently I found myself wondering if you could make a Lego Moomin. It turns out, with a bit of Fimo and a lot of thought, you can.

my hand-made heads, and Lego bodied Moomin

my hand-made heads, and Lego bodied Moomin

And of course, thinking big, I wondered if I could get a set approved on the fabulous Lego Cuusoo site . It took a bit of time and planning, and learning how to use the free Lego Digital Designer, but I’ve done it. To get a set approved, you can’t use anything other than available Lego pieces, so I had to focus on a set incorporating the more human characters of Moominvalley. All this led me to make Snufkin, and a set depicting this little bridge (The illustration is from Finn Family Moomintroll!) he and Moomintroll always sit on.

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I went a bit Moomin crazy in the end – making the Groke out of Sculpey…

moomin-and-groke

…And creating a little bug hunting scene for the Hemulen. I think this is my favourite of all the little Lego models I made.

The Hemulen in Lego - the little satchel is perfect.

The Hemulen in Lego – the little satchel is perfect.

It was a struggle searching for all the right bits, but with The Hemulen, I think I lucked out. I love his little shoulder bag!

SO! If you want to see any sort of Lego Moomin kit in the near future, go HERE, join up and VOTE! You never know, we might persuade them to make little Moomin heads too.