Here is a first for LEGO – the first minifigure in a wheelchair.
Over the years, LEGO has come under fire by groups who want better/more representation in its toys. The Toy Like Me organization, which campaigns to include disabled figures in toy releases, did petition LEGO to include disabled figures, and it looks the company is listening.
The Fun in the Park set, which will arrive in stores this year, was spotted at the Nuremberg Toy Fair looks to be the first set to include a minifigure in a wheelchair.
Looking at the figure, it doesn’t look like there is anything special about the wheelchair, which makes me wonder why this item hasn’t been included before? Well, actually I do know why LEGO wouldn’t want to include a character in a wheelchair, but that is a whole social commentary issue…
It looks like the Fun in the Park set will retail for around $40 in the United States, and I’m going to pick it up for a couple of reasons, first, we need more regular minifigures, and second I’m hoping a lot of people purchasing this set will encourage LEGO to include other figures like this in their sets in the future.