Female Minifigure Set Skyrocketing to Cuusoo's #1 spot

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Update: The Female Minifigure Set has achieved 10,000 support.

Alatariel's Female Minifigure Set has gone from 2240 support six days ago to 8434 support at the time of this posting, and it is still growing fast.

A variety of communities are spreading the word: Parents, Women interests groups, science buffs, and general fans of LEGO. This is also the most tweeted about project on Cuusoo (surprisingly enough "Piano" is the second most).

This project really showcases that you don't need IP to get people behind a project, just a really strong idea with a passionate audience.

It is impossible to see this project and not immediately compare it to Friends, but replacing Friends is not its stated point or goal. While Friends showcases a set of young ladies enjoying a variety of activities, these vignettes showcase women in a variety of professional environments.

This table really showcases how extreme the support for FMS has been over the last few days, relative to the other projects on Cuusoo.

If you like Alatariel's work make sure to check out her equally impressive Megaman project.

 

Hispabrick Representing on Cuusoo

Lluis, the man behind Hispabrick, has posted his own project on Cuusoo.

Racing cars in general and Fromula 1 specifically are a popular theme on Cuusoo and Lluis's Grand Prix Circuit - Pit Lane Marshal's post is certainly one of the more thought out MOCs, which makes sense since Lluis has first hand experience.

The implementation of a MILS base adds a lot to the MOC, and it would be very cool to see this implemented in a Cuusoo set. Based on how rarely LEGO integrates bases into their production sets though, I would be surprised if that aspect made it to a final product.

Good luck Lluis!

 

A Week of Cuusoo

It should be no surprise to anyone that my favorite new project from last week was Nick Royer's Hyperborea. Some other great projects include a mini Bireme (those Roman boats), a Esherish use of headlight elements, and an action posable symbiotic Spider-Man.

Also I have introduced to my suite of Cuusoo pages a daily updated "Days to 10k" and "Days to 1k" prediction chart.

My review of these projects and a few others, as well as other ramblings about Cuusoo and crowd sourced projects can be found here.

58 comments on this article

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By in Hungary,

I would like to also support this project, however when I click the project, the couner shows 00,000 supporters and the support button is unpushable grey (meanwhile on the frontpage of Cuuso. What can be the problem?

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By in United Kingdom,

I do quite like the female minifigure sets for a whole variety of reasons - they're nice little impulse sets in their own right, they showcase some interesting role models for girls, and they add some welcome female minifigures to our LEGO cities. I think they'd sell by the bucketload....

I had no problem supporting, incidentally - now up to 8608.

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By in Spain,

Thanks for sharing my project. I know it's a kind of special model, but I have the hope that the votes will rise :-)

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By in United States,

@Yellow

Are you logged in to Cuusoo? You must be logged in to support a project.

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By in United States,

The vote count is now at 8400 votes as of 1:27 pm.
Also i noticed that the modular apple store was pushed out of the top 6 because of
"japenese old style" has more votes so it pasted it and the female minifigure sets pushed it out of the front page.

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By in United States,

As someone that has been saying forever that Lego needs more female minifig representation, I do love this idea.
I see it very akin to the sets of 3 minifigs they have been doing, or even the animal models they have been releasing. I think this would make a very easy sell via Lego, and seems like a no-brainer on the part of Lego.
Here's hoping you get up to 10k soon!

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By in United States,


Oh, wow, as if LEGO wasn't politically correct enough already. X_X Please, no!

Shockingly, stay-at-home moms are not represented in this collection. Back to you, Thomas.

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By in United States,

I'm not sure that it's so "shocking," unless you're being sarcastic. Being a mom is certainly hard, under-appreciated, work, but I'm not sure it's a "profession." Yet, all of these models are of professions.

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By in United States,

I love how with CUUSOO, people can share their ideas and get them to actually be made. But I do not feel these sets are necessary. There are women in a lot of City sets, they don't need to be separated from their themes. Construction worker women will come out when the next wave of construction sets come out, same for the rest.

I really think this needs to be shared though- Lego measuring tape for measuring how tall your buildings are, or how long your x-wing is, etc
http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/34010

I don't know why this hasn't been made yet, and I think tools appeal to more builders

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By in United Kingdom,

This would have been a good idea 10, 20 or 30 years ago, but as tman684 points out the current Lego range has a very even distribution of female minifigs across most the ranges. This is like Lego affirmative action for women and I think it is just not needed. Maybe have some more sets with male junior school teachers, nurses or beauty therapists, or maybe just stop discriminating in a positive or negative way for once.

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By in United States,

Please God let these votes be legit unlike what happened to the Lego Yellow.

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By in United States,

"These sets are unnecessary," said the two men.

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By in United States,

Until all themes have a 50/50 split of male and female minifigures, then projects like this are needed. These are all nice little sets except the tiger one. If approved, Lego should make a molded tiger for that set to go along with all the other molded animals they no doubt have in the works for an upcoming city zoo.

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By in United States,

I supported this a long time ago, and it's cool to see that it's getting lots of support. I know they have to narrow it down to one set, so hopefully it'll be one that's interesting and maybe incorporates a couple of these scenes.

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By in United States,

I mainly supported these sets just for their impulse-buy/small occupation model mentality. The fact that they're female minifigures is really just a bonus. They could do a whole line of these, regardless of gender ratios.

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By in United Kingdom,

These sets remind me of the 'Queef Free' Southpark episode. What next? Overtly gay, transexual, bisexual sets? With figures in many different shades of yellow representing different ethnic groups? And where's the set representing the women who decide to stay home and raise a family? Or is it not politically correct to even acknowledge women that make that choice? I say keep politics out of lego.

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By in United States,

You sound quite persecuted, so I hope that one day Lego comes up with a set so that you feel represented too. Middle-aged white male internet commenter, right?

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By in Australia,

This project aims to give little girls a distorted perception of the world, fooling them into thinking female scientists and engineers are commonplace, just for the sake of political correctness. I would hate it if LEGO started producing any propaganda, regardless of how "positive" some people think it is. I always thought LEGO tried to avoid such conflicts. As Missing Brick said, this project would be the first on a slippery slope.

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By in United States,

I agree. We wouldn't want to get those little girls hopes up.

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By in United States,

@Missing Brick, agreed…

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By in France,

For those of you who may have forgotten, just a friendly reminder that we're now in the 21st century, and have hopefully moved beyond the Neanderthal Age. Past 9,000 votes. Can it make it to the magic number of 10,000 by the end of the weekend, folks? Let's do it.

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree with missing brick, although i feel that if these sets featured both men and women, they could be really good.

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By in Ireland,

That longer torso used for the scientist's lab coat, coupled with short legs, is genius. I'd love it if LEGO made that mould.

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By in United Kingdom,

The idea is undermined because several of the figures (judge, mechanic, fire fighter) require lipstick to make it clear they are women. Many of the existing minifigures are not gender specific - who's to say most of them aren't women already?

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By in United Kingdom,

As a project I think this works because it lets Lego know that even though they are improving the ratio of female figures there is still room for further improvement.

But unfortunately as a set I think it will struggle come review time. There can only be one set going forward, even if that is 3 of the figures, which ones. The firefighter and construction worker are too similar to existing sets/polybags (though not female) and so probably wouldn't sell that well. Much as I like the longer torso of the scientist it would be a new mould so that would be out. And anything too similar to upcoming CMFs and Friends sets and it will fail instantly.

The paleontologist, astronomer, geologist could work well as a set - they are vaguely linked in a museum-type way and so allow for some additional play between the characters and it's not an area that Lego is likely to have in the pipeline.

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By in United Kingdom,

tantalus wrote:

> "Middle aged white male right?"

What does my age or race have to do with it? What an racist, ageist comment to make.

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By in New Zealand,

Awesome sets, great idea.

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By in United States,

I supported the female sets because of the dinosaur skeleton vignette. I can totally see that as a realistic product and can actually picture a bigger set, perhaps a museum. I also like the laboratory. I do, however, picture these sets with a male minifigure included so that it could interest boys and girls but I'm not saying they have to have male figures. I would release them under the City category and not "Female Sets" line.

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By in United States,

At 8:10 AM it's at 9,225 supporters. I won't be suprised if it gets to 10,000 by the end of today.

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By in United States,

You know, there is a simple remedy to all of this passive-aggressive gender equity minifig nonsense. Lego already is in the habit of including a few extra pieces with each set. If they would just put one male and one female hair piece in with each set, we could all play with minifig gender we wanted. And go back to the plain face with two dots and a curve smile. Leave the rest up to the imagination, or sell a bag of heads with special faces. Kids don't need to be told explicitly what is going on, their imaginations are much stronger than that.

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By in United States,

This post motivated me to finally sign up for CUUSOO to vote for this project. (And sign up for brickset, too.) I hope something comes of it.

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By in United States,

I have to laugh at the idea that there is an even distribution of female minifigs. Crunch the numbers. I have many times. The lack of female minifigs is a huge elements as to why my girls do not pick certain sets.
The idea has been brought up by others several times on brickset when we have had the discussion about the lack of female minifigs in sets, that a very simple way to remedy this would be to have theme sidepacks that have additional minifigs for themes, especially females.

As an aside, Lego has in the past made exclusive female minifig sets, so the idea of having a female minfig set is not some crazy new political correctness idea. (it had a male spy, a female pirate,a nd another female)

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By in United States,

Missing Brick - that was just a guess. Its relevance? Certain people, of certain genders, religions, and skin colors, don't have to face the adversity that others of different traits do have to face. That isn't to say that there is a direct correlation between these traits and certain opinions, which WOULD be racist and sexist, as you said. But it is to say that certain people with certain traits might be in a better position to understand why such a set of professional female minifigures might be a good idea.

To put it more simply, I guessed that your inability to understand why this was an important set stemmed from the fact that you're not a woman and not a race other than white. Had you fallen into one of those categories, you might have had some life experiences that would have demonstrated to you why these Lego sets are important.

To put it even more simply, instead of being a bit of a jerk and explaining why such a set is stupid - the kind of jerk who fails to realize that as tough as your life might very well be, had you been a woman, it would have been even tougher - you could instead have listened to why other people find this set so important. It's not that you understand the world more clearly than others, its that there's a big part of it you simply don't see.

And I'm sorry if that makes you feel even more persecuted. Your persecution is the type of persecution that only the blind and the privileged get to experience - just as they're standing in the way of others trying to overcome their own persecution. So, I'm not so sure I'll shed a tear.

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By in United Kingdom,

Happy that it's not all narrowly focussed IP based projects in the top 6 at the moment.

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By in United States,

I've been supporting the Female Minifigure Set for a long time, and am glad to see it getting lots of support. Even if I think they're supporting for the entirely wrong reason(s). Some people see this as a "politically correct"-type thing. Or they want to establish "gender balance." That's not what this is about... It's only one limited release set, which has female minifigures, like scientists and zookeepers. Nothing radical, and there aren't too many of those minifigs right now. So what if someone thinks their LEGO town needs more females? That's how I see this, I only have about 7 female minifigs. The project has excellent builds, and there is nothing wrong with it I can see.

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By in United Kingdom,

Tantalus, thanks for the detailed explanation of your comment, and for your admission that characterising someone as an old, white man, based on their opinions, is both racist and sexist.

I've no objection to the inclusion of more female minifigs in mainstream sets. Indeed this is already happening (eg. the female Horizon Express driver and even the female rubbish collector). However, IMHO, the overt PC "campaigning for wimin's rights" that these women-only sets represent, would be a step too far towards the politicisation of Lego. Sorry if you think my opinion makes me a 'jerk' and an 'old white man' - but my opinion is that Lego shouldn't be politicized - and I'm entitled to my opinion.

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By in United States,

I think the problem is that Lego is already politicized.

The vast majority of Lego sets are dominated by male mini-figures, the sets with exclusively female mini-figures are extremely problematic for the gender roles they reinforce, so that when a set that does little more than show women in professional roles comes along (just as there have been many, any, sets exclusively with men), all of a suddenly we have "politics." You have such delicate sensibilities to be offended by a female paleontologist.

But all of this only means that you were the beneficiary of the former form of politics, not that they didn't exist, and that you had the luxury of not even having to acknowledge that they existed. Did anyone ever tell you that you couldn't have a particular type of profession because you were a man? Must have been nice. And did the fact that only men had jobs as astronomers, paleontologists, zoo keepers, etc., occur because of nature? Of course not. It occurred because of politics. Imagine how much easier it must have been to become one of these professionals when only half of the population is allowed to compete, and when the other half had little choice but to do all that "housework" that only frees the professional's time to pursue their career. Those were the days. Truly politics free!

But all of a sudden, when one of those groups makes a move to have greater representation, in a toy of all things, that's a politics you just can't abide. Not a single man in any of those sets? That's sexist! This is always the way it happens: first they want the Lego sets, next, it's the WORLD!

Keep fighting the good fight. Not to mention you might want to have the basic respect to spell the word "women" correctly. I don't have to call you a jerk for people to see how you're acting like a bit of one.

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By in Australia,

Tantalus, women CAN become intellectuals now but hardly any do. Perhaps the rest are more interested in fashion and celebrity gossip; who knows? And yes, men are excluded from particular professions. Imagine how humiliating and emasculating it would be for a man to be a secretary or nurse.

For the record, there are heaps of female zookeepers, so they don't belong on the list of male-dominated professions.

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By in United States,

Are you a real person? I feel like a character from Mad Men has somehow come alive.

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh, I get it now: *everything* is an oppression of women right? A lego set with two male minifigs = An attempt by lego to deny women their rights. The Town Hall set with the female secretary = a patronizing stereotype. Lego have been demeaning women all these years and now it's payback time right?

Tantalus - I think your twin sister lives in the UK. Her name is Millie Tant and she has her own comic strip. You might enjoy reading it sometime: http://www.google.com/search?q=millie+tant

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By in United States,

I don' think you do get it. In fact, I don't think you get much of anything. You're out of your depths here, but at least every man is a King in his own castle, right?

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By in United States,

LEGO Cuusoo now has four full quarters (a year!) worth of projects all still "in review". at this rate, we are looking at 18+ months from hitting 10,000 votes to hitting store shelves. What a joke, they don't have a clue how to run an internet crowd-sourcing system.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm truly astonished at some of the comments provoked by the female professions sets. I'm not going to get drawn into the name-calling and "politics". I really hope the sets get to 10000 and get made and we see some form of professional sets predominantly featuring female but also some male minifigs.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not really sure how this builds a view of equality as it simply screams "Females need special treatment to be able to be equal to men" - wouldn't an equality set have people of both sexes stood alongside each other on an equal footing in the same profession?

I like the sets but I agree, it's silly to over think a toy and read more into it than need be. It's not as if the town hall comes with the option of same sex marriages or civil partnerships either for example either, but it's still an excellent set. I expect the small wedding gift set doesn't either right?

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By in United States,

I hope the sets get made too, with both male and female minifigs in.

I also would like to see more gender equality in lego, but not by making more female figures. By including double sided faces that have male on one side, female on the other.

Of course, by female, it means face wearing lipstick. Someone has already pointed out, the normal way to distinguish male from female in lego world is by make-up. That goes against reality in many professions (police, etc). Many of the existing characters could be female, but adults stereotyping the figures tell girls they are male.

What I really hope doesn't happen is that all new female minifigs come with curved torso prints. Fortunately, that is not the case in the cuusoo mock-ups and hopefully wouldn't be the case if lego made them. That way, they can be used for both sexes. If lego made the scientist in the lab coat, I'd buy loads. Some would have their female heads pulled off and replaced with male. Female minifigs do not need to be made with curves and cleavage showing on the torso.

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By in United States,

There are also heaps of female zookeepers in the lego world. From CMF series 5. They are easily available. I would hope that one is not made again, not for a while. We could do with some male ones. The torso cannot really be used for male due to the female curves, althoguh it is not as bad as other torsos.

There are not many female scientists in the lego world, but then there are no serious male scientists either. They are all crazy scientists. Lego hasn't really done science. It only does crazy science or magic.

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By in United States,

The project just reached 10,000. Congrats to Alatariel! :D

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By in Netherlands,

Finally achieved. I remember brought this project on months ago. So I'm happy. They make a nice adjustment, together with the mini shops.
Hope both will come out next year or so...

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By in Australia,

CCC, there's actually the Space Port Scientist and Launch Command Scientist from the City theme; not just crazy scientists. Series 11 of the minifigures will have a scientist too; let's hope he's a serious scientist unlike the crazy one from series 4.

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By in United Kingdom,

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Am delighted to see it's made 10,000 supporters. Well done!
Go girls. Inch high plastic girls, that is.
Only a year or so until Lego give it the thumbs up, or down as the case may be.
Seems ridiculous that Cuusoo makes us wait for aeons even on generic non-Intellectual Property restricted (IP-free) sets where no 3rd party negotiation is required.

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By in Taiwan,

I'm not quite sure about the idea. I do support that Lego traditional themes should have more girls participate in every set, but not in standalone sets. What I like the models is they look like nice little sets for young builders to choose, rather than those motocycles or mini cars.

Or in other words, it's very like what Firends series do. I guess this idea can also apply to bigger sets like Ariel's big labortory or City Zoo corner. I'd like to see more careers that haven't been in City or CMF themes.

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By in United States,

@Huey1 - they might be called scientists, but they are more space engineers. The tie and the space badge gives them away!

The long torso for the lab coat with little legs in this project is fantastic - so simple yet innovative. I really hope (i) they make that one and (ii) that they make it gender neutral.

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By in United States,

Two comments:
1. These are great! I am glad they reached 10000 and did so quickly!

2. As a guy who worked in engineering and has a scientist for a wife at an enormous pharaceutical company (with a white lab coat, even), I can tell you that both science and engineering have a great number of women in them; not 50/50, but it is getting pretty close. I think there is a media misperception that keeps us generally thinking this isn't the case, but the idea that a woman in the science & engineering fields as a novel one or 'wishful thinking' is pretty outdated and, frankly, quite silly.

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By in Taiwan,

@ CCC > The female scientist in CMF Series 11 may also put a stop to one of those.
Maybe other candidates can work instead. The true problem is if all CMF would be reused in future building sets or accessory packs.

I don't see curves a big problem. We can consider that curved bodies are exclusive to certain gender while other bodies can apply to both. The recent fire/police officer packs gave no curved print too.

I don't care about faces too much too. I think there shouldn't bee too many typical female faces with lipstick, eyelashes etc. Some neutral faces like the child from birthday/autumn would be a solution. We can freely consider some minifigures in hats are girls while some others who don't like girls can buy these sets too.

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By in United States,

The dinosaur set is awesome, I really hope LEGO makes that set.

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By in United States,

I think these sets have a good chance of being produced, and congrats.

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By in United States,

Missing Brick- I'm sorry to hear that an all female small vignette set disagrees with your delicate sensibilities. Perhaps you will be able to comfort yourself with one of the male fig only small sets already produced by LEGO for 2013: 30167, 30230, 30231, 30250, 30251, 30252, 30253, 30254, 30255, 30260, 30261, or if you only want realistic jobs in your male fig only sets, you could always just opt for 30220, 30221, 30222, 30224, or 30225. For those of us who aren't worried that girls have filthy cooties are are going to muck up the intrinsic bromance of our toy city, we can always pick up... Well... There's always LEGO Friends, right? Or we could go with the school of quit fussing and make do and just try to convince ourselves that the three figs without distinctly masculine traits are really female figs. Or that our town is a refuge for bearded women.

Yeah. That will be adequate. There is no reason that anyone would feel there is a void in the sets released by LEGO and seek to make a very charmingly built CuuSoo project to fill it.

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