LEGO is a wonderfully inclusive toy. Even back when mini-figures were mostly male, all yellow, and always smiling, the humble plastic bricks crossed gender, age and cultural boundaries beautifully.
In recent years The Lego Company has taken a more balanced approach to the different ethnicities and genders that make up society, with their little mini-figures becoming more diverse and, much like any real-world community, far more interesting as a result.
However there was an omission in their current mini-figure range, but one that has now been rectified, as LEGO release their first-ever mini-figure wheelchair! We cannot applaud this move enough – a huge well done to LEGO, and also to the groups that petitioned LEGO in order to raise the issue of disabled mini-figure representation.
The new mini-figure wheelchair is due to be released in the second half of the year as part of the new LEGO City line-up and who knows, maybe with LEGO’s partnership with Marvel we could see a certain X-Men character in mini-figure form too.