If you thought the idea of an Ada Lovelace steampunk-style LEGO kit was awesome, you might want to check out one of the latest entries in the LEGO Ideas design competition. A pair of Amelia Earhart fans named Brad Meltzer and Ellen Kooijman have designed a mini-LEGO set featuring the famous pilot and her plane. With enough public support, their kit might make it to a store near you.
Meltzer, who is also an author of political thrillers and the force behind the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics series, and Kooijman, a LEGO designer and scientist, are knowledgeable about the real person who influenced their LEGO design. Before the project took off, Meltzer had co-authored a children's book about Earhart titled I Am Amelia Earhart, and Kooijman, a feminist activist, is responsible for kickstarting another LEGO Ideas design project, a LEGO Female Minifigure set featuring women scientists.
As for what inspired Meltzer and Kooijman to create the LEGO set in the first place?
"Amelia Earhart was a girl who loved adventure, and never let anybody stop her from trying new things. Even things that girls had never done before-like flying all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. Eventually she broke flying records and proved to the world that women can soar just as high as men."
The complete set comes with a replica of Amelia Earhart's famous biplane, the Canary, which comes in — you guessed it — canary yellow. The entire kit itself is made up of 186 pieces, including an Earhart LEGO figurine.
For those of you who are a little rusty with your aviation history, Earhart was the first woman to make a trans-Atlantic flight solo in 1932, and in 1937 she attempted to put her name in the record books again as the first woman to circumnavigate the world. Unfortunately, her dreams were curtailed when she and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island in 1937. Her body was never recovered, and she was declared officially deceased in 1941, when she would have been 39 years old.
Meltzer and Kooijman's LEGO Ideas design page went up on March 2, and has 343 days left to rack up 10,000 votes for a review by the company. If they get enough votes, their dream can turn into a reality, so if you want to support their idea, you can click here to cast your vote.
Source: LEGO Ideas