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She will dole out Lego-shaped justice and wisdom, all in her Supreme Court robes. 

The Ruth Bader Ginsburg cinematic universe is expanding.

After the success of RBG, the documentary charting the life of the supreme court justice, and On the Basis of Sex, a biopic of the lawyer as a young woman starring Felicity Jones, comes this, a cameo in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Ginsburg will make a very small appearance in Lego form in the sequel to the animated movie, which hits cinemas in February. Though she wasn’t able to record vocals for the role – she is recovering from surgery on her early-stage lung cancer, after all – she did give co-writers and producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord permission to use her likeness in the film.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg will cameo in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

“We just were trying to think of people who should be immortalised in Lego and who seem fun at weddings,” Miller and Lord said in a statement to USA Today

Added Mike Mitchell, the film’s director: “These movies are so full of surprises. And we were thinking, ‘Who’s the last person you would think to see in a Lego film as a minifig? And we’re all huge fans. It made us laugh to think of having her enter this world.” 

“She said, ‘Of course, I’d love to be a Lego figure. That would be cool,’” Mitchell said. 

In being immortalised as a ‘minifig’, Ginsburg joins famous figures William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln and Shaquille O’Neal, who all made cameos in the first Lego Movie

Ginsburg’s teeny tiny Lego appearance onscreen also translates to a teeny tiny Lego appearance in toy stores. Thanks to her cameo, Ginsburg will be immortalised as a Lego toy as part of the official merchandise for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

“So there will be a real Ruth Bader Ginsburg toy that boys and girls can play with,” Mitchell told USA Today. “It will even come with a gavel.”

This isn’t the first time Ginsburg has found herself in a toy box. Back in 2015, the lawmaker was enshrined in a four-piece set called ‘The Lego Legal Justice League’ with her female Supreme Court justice peers Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Sandra Day O’Connor. The set, which included a mini Supreme Court bench, gavels and plenty of past rulings to consult, was designed by Maia Weinstock to celebrate the work of women in the justice system.

“Having a toy kids can play with allows girls to actually envision themselves in these positions later on in life,” Weinstock told The Huffington Post at the time. “People often cite the phrase, ‘You can’t be it if you can’t see it.’ With toys, it’s that much easier for kids to actually be that person during play, and to consider that they could one day grow up to be like them.” 

Weinstock’s creation wasn’t available to purchase, after Lego rejected the designs for being “too political”.

But it seems as though they’ve changed their minds – and now, kids all over the world will finally be able to play with a Lego Ruth Bader Ginsburg of their own.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is in cinemas on 8 February in the US and the UK. On The Basis Of Sex is in cinemas in the US now and in the UK on 8 February. 

Images: Warner Bros, Getty

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