And it was released less than a week ago.

By Katie Holdefehr
November 06, 2017

While the new Women of NASA Lego set only officially went on sale on November 1, it quickly rose to the top of Amazon's best-selling toys list by the end of last week, and it is now sold out on both Amazon and lego.com. The set that was originally priced at $25 is selling for $126 by secondhand sellers on Amazon and prices range from $55 to $170 on eBay, according to Business Insider. You can also still backorder the set on lego.com, which says that the toy will ship in 30 days, hopefully arriving in time for Christmas.

The set features four women from NASA: the astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, the astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, and the computer scientist Margaret Hamilton. The idea for the popular set was pitched by Maia Weinstock, a deputy editor at MIT News, who submitted the idea to the Lego community in July 2016 and received the 10,000 supporters required to get the idea considered by the Lego review board. A little over a year later, the set has come to life and is selling fast, which is good news for Weinstock: Those who pitch an idea that is turned into a real product receive 1 percent of the total net sales. 

The set includes three builds, including a Nancy Grace Roman figurine beside the Hubble Space Telescope, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison figures with a launchpad and the Space Shuttle Challenger, and a Margaret Hamilton figurine beside a stack of books representing the listings of the Apollo Guidance Computer source code. The entire set contains 231 pieces and is recommended for those ages 10 and up, making it the perfect holiday present for tweens and teens, or a great project to work on as a family with younger kids.

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