After one of the toys was seen at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, Lego confirmed that they were introducing a new minifigure of a boy in a wheelchair. Lego, Hasbro, Fisher Price and other toymakers have been under pressure to include disabilities in some of their figurines.
The online campaign #ToyLikeMe asks Lego to “please make this the last Christmas disabled kids are culturally excluded from your much-loved products.” The petition has accumulated over 20,000 signatures that call on Lego to use its toys to “help generations of kids, (both with and without disabilities), grow up with a more positive attitude to human difference!”
There’s a distinct lack of toys that embody the 150 million disabled children around the world, according to founder Rebecca Atkinson. In a statement posted online she says “Lego have just rocked our brick built world and made 150 million disabled kids, their mums, dads, pet dogs and hamsters very very happy.”
According Lego’s spokesperson in Britain and Ireland, Emma Owen, the wheelchair figure is part of the Lego CITY set and will be available to the public in June 2016. The 15 piece set features “urban residents” that includes a family, four children and a baby.
Looks like we can go Christmas shopping in June!