Since the news of the upcoming announcement of the 2nd 2016 LEGO Ideas Review results has been slated for the end of February, many have been eagerly and anxiously waiting for their bets to happen (including myself). Earlier today, the month-long wait has finally partially ended with the proclamation of the winner as announced by LEGO’s Marketing Manager, Lise Dydensborg via the LEGO Ideas’ website.
Out of 12 projects that achieved 10,000 supports from LEGO fans during the second review qualification period between the months of May and September 2016, the results were finally revealed. The winner as it turned out, is the Women of NASA by Maia Weinstock (or 20tauri). Watch the announcement below.
The set consists of five collectible minifigures that celebrates the accomplishments of notable and accomplished women who worked for NASA such as Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, and Mae Jemison, all of which has contributed significantly in the field of science and technology. Each minifigure comes with a vignette-type build that shows them in their respective fields of expertise.
Frankly, the announcement came as a bit of a surprise and has received mixed reactions from the LEGO community. There are those who laud LEGO for giving more emphasis on sets that inspire budding scientists regardless of their gender, while at the other end of the spectrum, there are those who lament the fact that it is such a small set with very limited play features. However, as announced by Dydensborg, the LEGO Ideas Review board has been working hard to review and finalize its decision on another qualifier. Those who are eagerly waiting for Lendy Tayag’s (also known as len_d69) Voltron – Defender of the Universe to become an official LEGO Ideas set may have to wait a little longer since the fate of this project will be sealed once the Third 2016 Review results are in sometime in May. Admittedly, the LEGO Ideas Review Board needed more time to consider this project for various reasons.
The next batch of projects is already being assessed as part of the Third 2016 LEGO Review period. Similarly, there 12 projects being considered for this stage and the results will come out in May, together with the decision whether or not to make Voltron happen.
What do you think of the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA? Will you pick this one up once it is in stores? Still betting on Voltron to become an official LEGO Ideas set? Let us know in the comments below.