As long as you’re voting…

There’s an effort to get Lego to put out an HMS Beagle kit. It’s beautiful! All you have to do now is go vote for the Beagle (no cost!), and if it gets enough support, they’ll come out with a set and instructions to build it.

I’ll happily pay for it with a stack of Rosa Parks $20 bills. Not too big a stack, I hope.


  1. birgerjohansson says

    From “The Voyage of the Space Beagle”?
    (not “Beagle 2”, the one by Van Vogt*)
    *it had a prototype Alien in it!

  2. rq says

    It’ll probably be extremely limited edition, like the women scientists set, and I’ll never get my hands on it anyway. :(

  3. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    From the description of ancillary set pieces allowing you to role-play Darwin’s observations:

    You can also see a finch and a cactus flowering.

    I would pay good money to see a finch flowering.

  4. Golgafrinchan Captain says

    @rq #3

    I recently bought 3 of the Research Institute (21110), the one with the female scientists, from but they seem to have run out now. I got one for my daughter and two for gifts. My daughter loves the scientists and swapping the heads also allows her to turn other Lego people into women (tow truck driver, race car driver, construction worker, etc.). I mentioned it on Butterflies and Wheels, so hopefully some of them went to good homes (instead of just prospectors who want to resell them for $100)

    On an infuriating note, however, one of the people I was telling about how happy I was to find it responded with “all three scientists are women? Isn’t that reverse discrimination?” The conversation quickly went downhill from there. Because, of course, boys don’t have enough male scientists as role models. At least the person I was talking to was part of the post-retirement generation. *

    I’d like to see some population statistics for Lego mini-figures but I know for sure that female characters are currently underrepresented, especially for “cool” stuff. In fact, that was one of the main reasons behind the Research Institute release, as mentioned in the little booklet that comes with it. From the booklet: “[I] saw it as a great opportunity to increase the overall number of female LEGO figures and to make them more interesting as characters.” & “I hope that they show that girls can become anything they want.”

    @Giliel #4
    Very cool, I’m voting for it right now. More science and some of them are women. Super-bonus that Rosalind Franklin is one of the options, she was instrumental in the discovery of DNA (possibly even deserves the credit) but most people only know about Watson & Crick.

    * This is an example of why immortality would destroy humanity’s progress. Some ideas only really go away when the people who hold them die off. I often wonder which of my views will repulse future generations.