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New Lego Set to Feature Mini-Figure in a Wheelchair

After years of building houses, race cars, and space ships, Lego is finally unveiling something new for its mini-figures: a wheelchair.

Coming this summer, Lego will release its first Lego mini-figure that uses a wheelchair. The news comes shortly after it was speculated the new toy made an appearance at a toy fair, the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany on Wednesday. For many years, the popular toy company has been urged to include more diversity in its toys and products. The movement, known as Toy Like Me, urges toy makers and manufacturers (those such as Lego, Hasbro, and Fisher Price) to celebrate inclusion, diversity, and disabilities.

The new Lego toy is going to be released as part of their Fun at the Park set. The mini-figure shows a youth wearing a hat and a hoodie, while using a wheelchair. This is the first mini-figure using a wheelchair, although in a previous Lego pack aimed at pre-school children, a Lego pack featured an elderly man in a wheelchair at the time. However, that set was criticized because it reinforced the stereotype that only the elderly used wheelchairs.

Rebecca Atkinson of Toy Like Me says the group is beyond happy with the news. She is a journalist and writer who promotes change and the need for inclusion. She recently wrote an article for The Guardian: Why do you never see a Lego mini-fiure with a disability? Now that Lego has unveiled this new Lego set featuring the youth in the wheelchair, Atkinson said in an online statement that it’s going to make 150 million disabled kids, moms, and dads very happy. She also said it “will speak volumes to children, disabled or otherwise, the world over.”

About the Author: Jessica is a guest contributor from Global Lift Corp., providing ADA compliant spa lifts and portable pool lifts.