Service Dog Accompanies First-Ever Disabled Lego Figure In New Collection

Lego just made history with the addition of a Lego character in a wheelchair and a service dog.

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The young man figurine sports a trendy beanie and hoodie and appears to be accompanied by a service dog. Via Zusammengebaut/YouTube
The young man figurine sports a trendy beanie and hoodie and appears to be accompanied by a service dog. Via Zusammengebaut/YouTube

Lego just changed the toy game in a major way.

The Denmark-based company unveiled a disabled Lego figurine during the International Toy Fair earlier this week in Nuremberg, Germany, NPR reports. The character, who appears to be a young man or boy, is seen sitting in a wheelchair and is accompanied by a service dog.

The unveiling was captured on video by Lego fan site Zusammengebaut, and posted to YouTube.

The new figurines, which are part of Lego City’s upcoming “Fun in the Park” summer collection, have been celebrated as a victory by members of  Toy Like Me. The group has been urging toy brands to design characters with disabilities as a way to make their figurines more inclusive.

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“Lego have just rocked our brick built world and made 150 million disabled kids, their mums, dads, pet dogs and hamsters very very happy,” Rebecca Atkinson, leader of Toy Like Me, said in a statement.

This groundbreaking move by Lego is just one small step toward recognizing the important place all people and animals have in our society.

Thank you, Lego.

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