Author Brad Meltzer has launched a campaign to get Lego to mass produce a playset based on famed female aviator Amelia Earhart.
The thriller novelist turned children’s writer — working with illustrator Chris Eliopoulos — has been publishing storybooks about pint-sized versions of historic figures such as Earhart, Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, Helen Keller, and Martin Luther King Jr. to teach kids that true heroes don’t always have superpowers or wear capes.
Now Meltzer has teamed up with Lego designer Alatarial (real name, Ellen Kooijman) to create a yellow biplane and minifig that represent the pilot. “When Lego heard I wanted to do it, they paired me with one of their best masterbuilders, Alatariel, the woman who did the amazing Lego set dedicated to female scientists,” he tells EW. “Together, we came up with this: Our dream for the next generation of dreamers.”
The Amelia Earhart concept has been posted on the Legos Ideas website, and it has one year to collect votes from 10,000 supporters before the toy-brick manufacturer will consider it for sale. This one is constructed of 186 separate pieces. (Just don’t lose any of them behind the sofa, because you might never find them.)
“My daughter never played with pink, frilly dolls. She wanted something cool. Something adventurous. This is for her — and for every other girl (and boy) out there who wishes they could soar,” Meltzer tells EW.
“The Canary” biplane was the first aircraft purchased by Earhart, who had begun training as a pilot only a few months before. It was a bright yellow Kinner Airster that she bought second-hand in July 1921 and later used to break her first women’s record by flying it to a height of 14,000 feet.
Some of her early adventures were chronicled in Meltzer and Eliopoulos’s I Am Amelia Earhart, published in 2014 as part of their “Ordinary People Save the World” series.