LEGO fans, it’s time to rejoice: A new line of mini-figures is set to launch next month, and in my humble opinion, they may just be the most badass LEGO figures yet.
Meet Women of NASA: a brand new LEGO line inspired by designer Maia Weinstock’s proposal on LEGO Ideas, a crowdsourcing LEGO platform which gives everyday people like you and me the chance to share their LEGO creations and pitch potential future lines and designs.
According to a press release issued October 18, Women of NASA will feature four predominant women in space exploration history, including astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and three LEGO builds which recreate the settings in which these women worked — and made their mark on space history.
When asked what motivated Weinstock to pitch such a line, the science editor and writer noted her strong personal interest in space exploration and engineering as well as the overall impact made by these powerful, strong, trailblazing women:
“In all realms of science, engineering, and technology, pioneering women have historically been under-appreciated for their often groundbreaking work,” Weinstock shared in the press release. “We have also seen that when girls and women are given more encouragement in the STEM fields, they become more likely to pursue careers in these areas. With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history.”
And Weinstock couldn’t be more right. Toys like these are fun, but they also have the potential to leave a big impact on young girls, who may never have imagined they could one day work at NASA. What’s more, this line represents real women, and real heroes — proving yet again that seeing really is believing.
These figures drive home an important point worth remembering: that with education and dedication, girls have no limits. Just like Sally Ride and Margaret Hamilton, their futures hold no bounds.
LEGO Women of NASA won’t be hitting stores until November 1, but according to LEGO’s press release, New York-area fans will be able to purchase the set on October 28, as Maia Weinstock will be hosting a signing event at the Flatiron District LEGO Store. (If you’re interested, you can head to LEGO Ideas for more details.)