For all their exemplary qualities, the LEGOs of yesteryear did have one flaw: the minifigures were predominantly male. In recent years, however, there’s been a notable uptick in female-focused sets, thanks in large part to fan-created concepts promoted through LEGO Ideas. One such project is the Women of NASA, a LEGO set celebrating some of the space agency’s most notable female figures that was posted to the LEGO Ideas last summer and has just been approved by the brick toy company for mass-market release.
The “five notable NASA pioneers” honored in the set are: computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who played a major role in coding the flight software for the Apollo missions; mathematician and scientist Katherine Johnson, who calculated trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo missions and is the subject of the hit movie Hidden Figures; famed first woman in space, Sally Ride; the "Mother of Hubble" Nancy Grace Roman; and astronaut and physician Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space .
The minifigures were created with set pieces like Hamilton’s stacks of code, scientific instruments, a microscale Hubble Space Telescope, a space shuttle, and more. "We’re still working out the final product design, pricing, and availably for the Women of NASA set," says LEGO, "so check back on LEGO Ideas in late 2017 or early 2018 for more details." Note to future LEGO designers: We think the new class of female astronauts would also look great in yellow.
All images from Maia Weinstock // Flickr