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Lego sells out of women scientist role model sets

An all female set released by Lego has sold out after the firm responded to a letter from a seven-year-old girl who wrote to complain about the lack of women.

Lego sells out of women scientist role model sets Credit: Lego

In January, Charlotte Benjamin wrote a letter to the Danish firm saying she was unhappy that male figures outnumbered female ones.

I want you to make more Lego girl people and let me go on adventures and have fun - ok!?!

– Seven-year-old Charlotte Benjamin

The new set sells in the US for $19.99 (£11.85) and comes with three women scientists, including a paleontologist, chemist and astronomer.


Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar Selfie gets the LEGO treatment

Ochre Jelly's LEGO Oscar selfie Credit: ochre_jelly/Flickr

Ellen DeGeneres' now famous Oscars selfie generated 3,250,761 retweets, but it has now been recreated by Master LEGO artist 'Ochre Jelly', AKA Iain Heath.

Ellen had also told everyone to retweet her Oscars selfie, but Iain told ITV News: "I thought she said 'rebuild' it LEGO!"

He said: "I started building the morning after the Oscars, and after a roughly 12 hour stint, it was finished."

Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie on her Twitter page. Credit: Ellen Degeneres/Twitter

The Simpsons to produce Lego episode

The episode will form part of the show's 25th anniversary celebrations Credit: Lego

The Simpsons will mark its 550th episode by creating an entire episode out of Lego.

The episode - titled 'Brick Like Me' - will see Homer wake up to discover the entire town of Springfield made out of the bricks.

The episode will be shown in the US on 4th May.

Build it like Beckham: Football star says Lego 'calms' him

David Beckham has revealed that he build Lego models to wind down.

David Beckham said he 'loves' building models from Lego Credit: PA

The football legend told The Sunday Times (£) that the plastic bricks help to "calm me down" and said that he constructed a model of London's Tower Bridge in only a few days.

“When they [his children] get home, we’ll often play one of their favourite games, like Connect Four. They also love Lego. So do I,” the 38-year-old said.

“The last big thing I made was Tower Bridge. It was amazing. I think Lego sometimes helps to calm me down.”

He compared Lego-building with cooking, which he said he finds “very therapeutic”.

Student marks Fashion Week with LEGO creation

To get in to the spirit of London Fashion Week, model Aspen Glen-Cross poses in a dress adorned with around 5000 LEGO bricks designed by Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design student, Anne-Sophie Cochevelou. London Fashion Week begins on Friday.

Aspen Glen-Cross poses wearing the LEGO creation in front of the London Eye. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA
A headpiece and glasses were designed to accompany the LEGO dress. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA
Model Aspen Glen-Cross wears shoes decorated with LEGO along with the dress. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA


World's largest LEGO art exhibition opens in New York

The largest exhibition of art created using LEGO has opened in New York, featuring more than 100 sculptures made with the bricks.

New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya created Yellow, a sculpture of a man ripping open his LEGO-filled chest. Credit: Reuters

Artist Nathan Sawaya created Yellow, a sculpture of a man ripping open his LEGO-filled chest, using 11,014 pieces of LEGO.

Girl with a Pearl Earring was originally painted by Johannes Vermeer. Credit: Reuters

The exhibition also features a six-metre (20-foot) tall Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton made from 80,020 LEGO bricks - one of the largest pieces Mr Sawaya has ever made.

A LEGO sculpture of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton at the exhibition. Credit: Reuters

He said he uses LEGO as it makes his art "accessible", adding, "Kids and families see the art and they can relate to it because we've all played with LEGO bricks at some point in our lives".

Edvard Munch's The Scream gets the LEGO treatment. Credit: Reuters

The Art of the Brick exhibition is open at Discovery Times Square.

Lego faces getting angrier, study finds

'Angry' or 'smug' faces, like the one on the left, are becoming more common on Lego characters, a study found. Credit: DPA

Lego people are getting angrier, according to a new study.

A New Zealand university academic said he studied all 6,000 mini-figures and found that angry faces have become more common since the toymakers started producing a greater variety of characters in the 1990s.

He suggested commercial partnership with the likes of the Harry Potter films and the Halo video games had led to more good and evil characters being depicted.

"But the facial expressions are not directly matched to good and evil," said Dr Christopher Bartneck of the University of Caterbury. "Even the good characters suffer in their struggle and the villains can have a smug expression."

"We cannot help but wonder how the move from only positive faces to an increasing number of negative faces impacts on how children play," he added.

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