Tired of playing with your Star Wars, The Hobbit and Marvel Comics Superheroes LEGO sets? Well, there may soon be something completely new and very feminist for you to build from those little plastic blocks and play with to your heart’s content.
We’re talking about a LEGO set featuring the four female justices of the US Supreme Court, and you know you want one.
The catch is, you’ll only be able to get this set if you — and enough other LEGO fanatics and SCOTUS groupies — vote for it so that it can be turned from a mere concept into a mass-produced item that could retail for anywhere between $15 and more than $100, depending on how many pieces are involved.
When Maia Weinstock, an editor, writer, and producer of science and children’s media, recently came out with her “Legal Justice League: Women of the Supreme Court in LEGO” prototype, people wanted to know where they could buy the set. The thing was, they couldn’t.
Weinstock’s custom-designed plastic mini-figures of justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan were a one-off project. The female justices, along with their US Supreme Court replica and SCOTUS library/study, were meant to celebrate the accomplishments of women in the US legal field and to inspire girls to reach the highest positions in the justice system — but they weren’t for sale.
Following an outpouring of interest from fans keep on purchasing the “Legal Justice League,” including the Jewish Ginsburg and Kagan, Weinstock shared that she had submitted her set to LEGO Ideas, the portal by which the public can propose new LEGO sets. Unfortunately, the “Legal Justice League” was disqualified because it went against LEGO’s “no politics, no political symbols” rule.
Weinstock appealed the decision, but was again denied. However, according to the designer, LEGO encouraged her to resubmit her proposal, only this time with generic justices rather than ones that are clearly modeled after actual women who have served or are currently serving on the Court.
Weinstock has retooled and rebranded the “Legal Justice League” as the “Legal Justice Team,” and voting is now underway. The set has four little plastic justices, three of which are female — and there’s nothing that would stop you from naming them Sandra, Ruth, Sonia or Elena should you so wish.