Earlier Lego announced that it has built a special toy set dedicating the contribution of women scientists towards NASA. Now, the new toy set dubbed “Women of NASA” has become Amazon’s No. 1 best-selling toy in just 24 hours of its introductory sale. The toy set features four women namely astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, who contributed immensely to the US space program.
The four women are now immortalized in a 231-piece Lego set, accompanied by three builds illustrating their area of expertise. The “Women of NASA” toy set went on sale Wednesday morning at an introductory price of $24.99, and as expected, it quickly got sold out on Amazon. People also appreciated the toy and gave positive feedback on social media. In 2016, Maia Weinstock, deputy editor of MIT news first introduced the idea of “Women of NASA ” to Lego, under the headline “Ladies rock outer Space. Weinstock is an expert in designing mini-figures of scientists and engineers.
Weinstock revealed that she always 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 underappreciated. She added that any product that lets girls see themselves in careers like this is important for children of all genders.
The final design of the set was done by Lego designers Tara Wike and Gemma Anderson.
Wike said in a news release that it was a great experience to give these amazing women their new Lego identity and a great honor to personally present Margaret Hamilton with her own minifigure. In the past, Lego has been criticized for the lack of professional female characters. In 2014, a letter written by a 7-year old kid related to this matter made headlines, and Lego finally decided to create stronger female characters. Although the “Women of NASA” toy set was sold out on Amazon, it was still available on the Lego store website on Thursday night, as per the latest reports.