The Lego Women of NASA set was finally released on Wednesday morning. And, by Thursday morning they were all gone. Gone, I tell you! The popularity of the set inspired a lot of talk on social media and the hashtag, #WomenofNASA.
The original idea for the set, featuring astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jamison, was brought to Lego by Maia Weinstock in 2016. CNN quoted her as saying, “I wanted to provide kids with a play experience that would help them learn about these women in particular but also to help boys and girls know that women have been a part of NASA’s history from the beginning, even though their work has often been overlooked or under-appreciated.” Amen, sister! Weinstock’s idea came to life through the work of Lego designers Tara Wike and Gemma Anderson.
The set is 231 pieces, 3 builds and originally sold for $24.99. Of course, the price has now skyrocketed, because joy can’t be left alone. It must be exploited. The sets are currently being peddled on Amazon for around $75.o0 and up. If you need one now, get in there before the price goes up again. The holidays are coming and it’s the year of the woman scientist!