Lego has approved the "Women Of NASA" collection, as "The Lego Batman Movie" becomes successful at the box office. The collection also comes after the success of "Hidden Figures," the highly-acclaimed movie that celebrates African-American women's contribution to the U.S. space program. The company approved the collection on February 28, while the idea got the necessary backing last year itself.
Science writer Maia Weinstock came up with the idea. Weinstock suggested that Lego should celebrate the contribution of women in astronomy. In August 2016, the idea of the collection got more than 10,000 supporters on the official Lego page. The company was quick to congratulate for getting the support from "the entire internet." While doing so, Lego talks about the significant number of female individuals whose accomplishments go unrecognized. The company also appreciates the fact that the "Women Of NASA" collection has a lot of "educational value." At the same time, it says the set has a splash of humor that makes it "well-rounded."
Months after recognizing the support for the collection, the company finally approves it now. "We're very excited to release 20tauri's Women of NASA project as our next LEGO Ideas set!" the official declaration says. "The final design, pricing and release date are still being worked out." Interestingly, the approval comes after the success of "The Lego Batman Movie." One may wonder if the company was waiting to see how the movie goes at the box office before taking a final decision on the "Women Of NASA" set.
According to The Guardian, "The Lego Batman Movie" dominates the UK box office. It has collected £23.08m ($28.5m) in 19 days, thanks to the half-term holiday in some schools. "Fifty Shades Darker" is still behind the Batman movie, as it collected £20m ($24m). Gizmodo notes that the final version of the "Women Of NASA" collection will be a bit different from what Weinstock suggested, in order to make it more "production-friendly."