Back in October (because it is really November guys. Holy hell!) we raved about how excited we were for the “Women of NASA” LEGO set that was getting ready to be launched. Well, the toy was released today and is already killing it.
According to Business Insider, it is already the bestselling toy on Amazon.
“Women of NASA” features four mini figurines of pioneering women from the space agency: the astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, the astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, and the computer scientist Margaret Hamilton.
Each figurine comes with her own backdrop of relevant NASA work, including a mini-space shuttle Challenger for the astronauts and a mini-Hubble Space Telescope.
At 231 pieces and $24.99, the LEGO set is a great triumph for Maia Weinstock, one of the deputy editors at MIT News, who was the one who submitted the idea for the NASA set. The only thing missing from the original proposal is Katherine Johnson, the mathematician at NASA who was played by Taraji P. Henson in the film Hidden Figures. LEGO was unable to get the rights to her image and therefore unable to add her to the set.
Maybe an expansion pack next year? Regardless, this is an impressive feat and yet another signal to the toy making industry that female action figures and toys sell.
(via Business Insider, image: LEGO Ideas)
Want more stories like this? Become a subscriber and support the site!
—The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—