If there’s one thing the widely successful, Oscar-nominated movie Hidden Figures taught us, it’s this: Watching women get all hype about space and physics and numbers is awesome. You know what else is awesome? Commemorating those awesome women in an official set of LEGO minifigs. Yes we can, indeed.
A few times every year, the LEGO Ideas project takes user-submitted designs and then turns a few of them into real products that you can actually buy and build yourself. Remember that Ghostbusters Ecto-1 that LEGO put out a few years ago for the 30th anniversary? That was a LEGO Ideas submission. So was the very first Minecraft set that LEGO ever did, and so was that rad “Research Institute” set that exclusively featured female scientists and sold out almost immediately. Not that I’m bitter or anything. Don’t worry about it.
Anyway, theWomen of NASA set, which was created by Maia Weinstock, is definitely following in the footsteps of that last submission — except instead of celebrating the idea of cool women, it actually honors real-life NASA pioneers. Included in the submitted set are minifigs of Margaret Hamilton, the lead flight software designer for the Apollo 11 mission; Katherine Johnson, who you might remember as the woman from Hidden Figures who put John Glenn into orbit; Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly into space; Nancy Grace Roman, one of the first female executives at NASA; and Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, and the first NASA astronaut to appear on an episode of Star Trek. That part’s important, too.
Those are all the details anybody has for now, as LEGO still needs to approve the final design, pricing, and availability for the set. We do know, however, that we’ll hear more about the set in late 2017 or early 2018, so mark your calendars accordingly!
Of course, not everyone is excited, because some people are just the worst. From the comments of LEGO’s announcement:
Listen, compadre, you don’t see me complaining that NBA basketball players Tim Duncan, Ray Allen and Pau Gasol, who I’d never heard of until this exact second, all got a minifig set together. Stop griping about there being a Sally Ride minifig, of all things.
Also, stop pretending you don’t know who Sally Ride is. I don’t care if you’re a monster who “feels no connection to NASA” (WHO DOES THAT?), everybody knows who Sally Ride is, and I am going to play with a LEGO of her, damn it!