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Lego, In A First, Will Unveil A Minifigure In A Wheelchair

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Lego, In A First, Will Unveil A Minifigure In A Wheelchair

Nava Silton

In another win for the “Toy Like Me” movement, Lego released a new figure of an individual in a wheelchair. Toy Like Me is an online movement that urges toy companies such as Lego, Hasbro and Fisher Price to include individuals with disabilities in their figurines. The Lego figure became available this June as part of the Fun in the Park set.  A youth figure wearing a beanie and a hoodie sits in the wheelchair. This is not the first time a wheelchair has been seen in Lego form, but it is the first time it has been used by a youth. The previous wheelchair was seen in a Lego DUPLO set and was rode by an elderly man. This caused Lego to contend with some slack since the activist said that it “reinforced the stereotypes about wheelchairs only being for the elderly.” This new Lego embraces the fact that people come in all shapes, sizes and capabilities. Read the full NPR article here.