LEGO creates first disabled figurine of boy with guide dog

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Lego is getting high praise for its newest mini-figure, and it's not a pirate or an astronaut, or even a Star Wars creature.

It's a boy in a wheelchair.

Lego unveiled the figure at a toy fair in Germany, and the figurine will be part of a city set that is set to be released this summer.

LEGO’s announcement follows a Change.org petition started by London-based advocates for the disabled. As of Thursday morning, the petition had garnered more than 20,000 supporters.

This isn’t the first time LEGO has included a figurine of a person in a wheelchair, Metro.co.uk reported— the company previously featured someone in the assistive device as part of its Community People set. But LEGO received criticism because, of all the 20 total pieces that showed people with different occupations in a community, the man in the wheelchair was the only one who was elderly.

FOX News contributed to this story. 

 

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