A few days back we had some pictures surface of the next LEGO Ideas set to hit our shelves – LEGO Ideas Women of NASA 21312. It seems they were surfacing due to a potential early release in East Europe. Well now I can officially share the newest addition to the LEGO Ideas family after LEGO uploaded its press release today.
For those who followed this Idea closely you will notice two things straight off different from the original design – No brick built minifgure frame and more importantly no Katherine Johnson (human computer) minifigure. With no comments from LEGO on the subject all we can do is surmise that LEGO couldn’t secure the intellectual property (recent movie Hidden Figures) or Katherine Johnson declined the opportunity to be made into a minifigure?!
It is also worth noting that the set has adopted a very similar format to the hugely popular LEGO Ideas Research Institute 21110 (released 2014), which was also based around 3 x small vignettes and corresponding minifigures.
Box art looks rad and I’m sure that the set will stand out on the shelf when it starts appearing from the 1st November retailing at USD $24.99. If you’re lucky enough to be in New York City LEGO Certified Store you will be able to meet the designer Maia Weinstock (20tauri) and get a signed copy on the 28th October.
After what seems like an onslaught of larger sets I’m actually looking forward to picking up three of these sets for each of my kids and well maybe one for dad!. Anyway for those interested see official description below:
21312 – Women of NASA
Available November 1, 2017.
Ages 10+. 231 pieces.
Build, play and learn from inspiring women of NASA!
Explore the professions of some of the groundbreaking women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the LEGO® Ideas Women of NASA set. It features minifigures of 4 pioneering women of NASA— astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist and entrepreneur Margaret Hamilton, astronaut, physicist and entrepreneur Sally Ride and astronaut, physician and engineer Mae Jemison—and 3 builds illustrating their areas of expertise. Role-play space exploration from planning to moon landing, beginning with the iconic scene from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 of Hamilton with software that she and her team programmed. Build the posable Hubble Space Telescope and launch a LEGO version of the Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages. The set also includes a booklet about the 4 featured women of NASA, and the fan creator and LEGO designers of this fun and educational set.
- Includes 4 minifigures: Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.
- Features 3 LEGO® builds illustrating the areas of expertise of the 4 featured women of NASA.
- Nancy Grace Roman’s build features a posable Hubble Space Telescope with authentic details and a projected image of a planetary nebula.
- Margaret Hamilton’s build features a stack of book elements, representing the books of listings of Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) onboard flight software source code.
- Sally Ride and Mae Jemison’s build features a launchpad and Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages.
- Also includes printed nameplates for each of the 4 women featured in this set.
- Great for role-playing space exploration missions.
- Includes a booklet with building instructions, plus information about the 4 featured women of NASA, the set’s fan creator and the LEGO designers.
- Nancy Grace Roman’s build measures over 2″” (7cm) high, 3” (9cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep.
- Margaret Hamilton’s build measures over 2″” (6cm) high, 3” (8cm) wide and 1” (4cm) deep.
- Sally Ride and Mae Jemison’s build measures over 4″” (12cm) high, 3” (10cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep.