LEGO recently took a revolutionary step in the effort to offer more inclusive toys with its wheelchair-using figurine. Although there are more than 150 million children with disabilities worldwide, there are very few toys that positively reflect their reality. Now there is a toy to fill this void in representation.
The new LEGO figurine is a beanie-wearing boy using a tiny wheelchair. The figurine debuted at the Nuremberg Toy Fair earlier this week, however the toy will be not be available on store shelves until this June. Despite the figurine's tiny stature, its mere existence marks a major step towards more inclusive toys that positively represent children with disabilities.
LEGO's new set ultimately demonstrates a seismic shift in the toy industry by catering to children who rarely see positive representations of disabilities in the media.