Scitweeps: LEGO minifigs of scientists and "science popularizers"


21 Responses to “Scitweeps: LEGO minifigs of scientists and "science popularizers"”

  1. Ian says:

    Ben Goldacre ftw. I want to see his hair in plastic.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I can haz Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I want the Tycho Brahe figure complete with detachable nose.

  4. Anonymous says:


    My children are obsessed with both science and the Lego minifigs, so this is the ultimate combo. :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Can I get some of these for my kid? Especially my son….. there are so FEW female lego figures, let alone any who are cool….

  6. semiotix says:

    It’s nice that they’re doing something to make science popularizers more accessible and relatable to the general public. Sure, within the science popularizing community there’s always a lot of disdain for “popular science popularization,” especially when science popularizers popularize popular science themselves (instead of their “real” work of science popularization) but it’s important even if it doesn’t seem like it. Kids need to know that science popularization isn’t some remote, forbidding thing that only other people do, and science popularization popularizing is how that happens.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Am I the only one who thinks they’ve picked the wrong Miles O’Brien? :o)

  8. Jonathan Badger says:

    No offense, but isn’t Maggie and not Xeni the actual science popularizer on boingboing? I’m not saying I don’t enjoy Xeni’s posts, but I never would have considered her a “science popularizer”.

  9. cinemajay says:

    What about populizers of pseudo science? I’d love to see the minifig based off of Giorgio Tsoukalos, that guy with the wild hair on Ancient Aliens.

    That’s probably already plastic!

  10. 20tauri says:

    Thanks for the nice feedback, everyone!

    @johan,karlskrona Nope, haven’t done a Hawking fig yet, but perhaps he’ll be in a future batch…

    @Jonathan Badger I do figs for folks I admire who are involved in some way with either studying or promoting science/technology. Those are my criteria.

    And to those who have suggested others like Feynman and Sagan…I may open it up to famous nonliving scientists at some point, but for now the other conceit is that they all have to be currently on Twitter, either themselves or someone tweeting officially for them. Otherwise, they’d be just scipeeps, not scitweeps ;)

  11. dculberson says:

    You know you’ve “made it” when:

    1) Weird Al parodies your song
    2) They make a bobblehead of you
    3) Someone makes a Lego minifig of you


  12. St_Mediocrity says:

    I like how yours is easily recognizable even without the iPad, PZ is also spot on, but most rely a bit too much on their surrounding objects I think. Also, Richard Dawkins is obviously a Ravenclaw ;)

  13. Anonymous says:

    Now waiting for the Xeni Jardin PEZ dispenser…

  14. Anonymous says:

    My first thought on seeing the one with white hair and a leather jacket: Andy Warhol was a scientist?

  15. Fef says:

    I want Sagan! I think I was playing with Legos when I first saw Cosmos on TV. Little Lego tweed with elbow patches!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I, too, wish deeply for some Sagan.

    • penguinchris says:

      Is Sagan a variety of weed? That’s what I thought of from your strangely worded post, not a desire for a Sagan Lego figure.

      (yes, Sagan was apparently a huge pothead!)

  17. Anonymous says:

    The (late) Jack Horkheimer figure comes complete with bad weather so that anytime he says there is something cool in the sky it will be cloudy.

  18. chesneyj says:

    And they still won’t make Doctor Who Legos.

  19. johan,karlskrona says:

    Did she do the Stephen Hawkins one aswell? I’ve seen it on the interwebs.

  20. Nash Rambler says:

    I’m saddened by the lack of a Richard P. Feynman minifig. Someday, I’m sure.

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