If you’re unfamiliar, LEGO has this really cool program that allows fans to submit their own ideas for official sets. If they can gain enough traction, those ideas can eventually wind up on the shelf of your local toy store. Well, we're happy to report the Women of NASA just made the cut.
The proposal was submitted back in July 2016 and is essentially a set of mini-figure scenes designed to highlight many of the women behind the scenes of NASA during the Space Race and Apollo missions. It's an awesome idea, and we'd have to think the critical and commercial success of Hidden Figures probably didn’t hurt in making it happen as well.
The set honors computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who developed the flight software for the Apollo missions; mathematician Katherine Johnson, who calculated the trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs; astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, who helped start the Hubble program; and astronaut Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space. Each woman has a vignette depicting their specific legacy.
LEGO is now working to finalize the set and lay out pricing and release plans. We should hear something new later this year or in early 2018.