Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, mathematician Katherine Johnson, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman and astronauts Sally Ride, the first woman in space, and Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, are part of a new line Lego announced Tuesday.
The set - which turns historic NASA employees Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, and Mae Jemison into the figurines Lego fans call "minifigs" - was a victor of the Lego Ideas contest, which considers batches of fan-designed submissions three times each year.
Katherine Johnson was one of the three black women whose story was told in the Oscar-nominated film, Hidden Figures; she was played by actress Taraji P. Henson.
Designed by Lego competition victor and deputy editor of MIT News, Maia Weinstock, Lego spokesperson Lise Dydensborg said: "As a science editor and writer, with a strong personal interest for space exploration".
Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman in space in 1992.
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The proposal for the set, submitted on Lego's community and ideas page by MIT News editor Maia Weinstock, has been approved, beating out 11 other projects examined by the Lego Review Board.
Ace. Next official LEGO Ideas fan design celebrates history of women at @NASA. While the company sold the "Research Institute" collection as a limited edition, let's hope this time around the "Women of NASA" get their proper due. There's no reason to believe the timing is anything other than a coincidence, but Katherine Johnson's inclusion as a figure in the Lego set does mean she's enjoying mainstream recognition for her work decades ago.
This will be a new generation of diversifying toys that could preserve the history by creating more interactive toys like LEGO does. The company will release more details about pricing and availability later this year or in early 2018.