#ToyLikeMe celebrates win for inclusion as LEGO Dimensions features wheelchair using characters

The #ToyLikeMe campaign is celebrating another win for toy box inclusion as LEGO introduces its first wheelchair using character to LEGO Dimensions.

Billed as the latest step forward for inclusivity across the toy industry, the move has seen LEGO include several wheelchair users as background characters in the new LEGO Dimensions title Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

It arrives less than a year after LEGO issued the world’s first wheelchair mini-figure at the 2016 Nuremberg toy Fair in response to pressure from the parent-led group #ToyLikeMe.

The campaign’s founder, Rebecca Atkinson has labelled the inclusion as a ‘significant move from LEGO.’

“While the wheelchair user is only on screen for a matter of seconds, it’s a significant move by LEGO to be more inclusive,” she said.

“We commend LEGO for making the character a positive self-propelling wheelchair-using city gent, rather than pandering to the usual snoring, boring medical or evil baddie disability stereotypes.

“This kind of incidental representation from a brand as big as LEGO speaks volumes about inclusion and aspiration for all children.”

Atkinson and fellow parents established the online #ToyLikeMe movement in April 2015 to call on the global toy industry to positively represent 150 million disabled children worldwide.

“We hope this is just the start,” continued Atkinson. “And that LEGO will be braver next time and include more disabled characters to help change the attitudes of a generation.”

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of ToyNews and its sister title, Licensing.biz. He has worked his way from Staff Writer to Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@biz-media.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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