Lego has announced their 2nd quarter 2016 Lego Idea finalists, along with which one is going to be released as a set. For a little background, Lego has a submission process to have an idea made into a Lego set called Lego Ideas. Basically you just make the build, submit it, and if it gets 10,000 votes it gets to the review process along with any others that do during that quarter. Then for reviewing they go over legal things like getting licensing for the set. If you have an idea and want to submit just go to https://ideas.lego.com/ and go through the process. I think if yours gets picked you get either $5 or $10 per set sold, so it’s pretty cool!
Lego has released many sets under the Idea label such as Wall-E, Big Bang Theory Apartment, Adventure Time, and probably the most popular Minecraft. This time around Lego was reviewing all of these sets:
- Voltron – Defender of the Universe
- Eagle 5 – Spaceballs
- Adams Family Mansion
- Merchant’s House
- The Large Hadron Collider
- Lego Observatory
- Modular Construction Site
- Women of NASA
- Star Wars UCS X34 Landspeeder
- Lamborghini Veneno Roadster
- Lovlace & Babbage
- Plum Creek: Little house on the Prairie
So after some of their review they decided to make the Women of NASA. This model celebrates women that have made accomplishments in NASA. They are:
Margaret Hamilton, computer scientist: While working at MIT under contract with NASA in the 1960s, Hamilton developed the on-board flight software for the Apollo missions to the moon. She is known for popularizing the modern concept of software.
Katherine Johnson, mathematician and space scientist: A longtime NASA researcher, Johnson is best known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs — including the Apollo 11 mission that first landed humans on the moon.
Sally Ride, astronaut, physicist, and educator: A physicist by training, Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983. After retiring as a NASA astronaut, she founded an educational company focusing on encouraging children — especially girls — to pursue the sciences.
Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer: One of the first female executives at NASA, Roman is known to many as the “Mother of Hubble” for her role in planning the Hubble Space Telescope. She also developed NASA’s astronomy research program.
Mae Jemison, astronaut, physician, and entrepreneur: Trained as a medical doctor, Jemison became the first African-American woman in space in 1992. After retiring from NASA, Jemison established a company that develops new technologies and encourages students in the sciences.
So they are still deciding the final model, availability and pricing. The final product should be released at the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018.
They are also doing special consideration for Voltron. A little extra time is needed to validate this build and it may be because of licensing or something else, they really aren’t specific. Here is the announcement video.
Here are the Lego sets being considered for the next quarter.
- Boat Repair Shop
- Marvel’s Agents of Shield: The Bus
- Hulkbuster UCS
- Lego Store Modular Version
- Red Dwarf Lego
- Landrover 4×4
- Wolkswagen Golk MK1 GTI
- Vintage Tram
- 1950’s Diner
- Ship in a Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan
- UCS Rey’s Speeder
- The Iron Giant
Would you buy Women of NASA? Did you want something else to be chosen? Would you get something from the next round? Let me know below.