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Gaming First as Lego Include Wheelchair Character in New Fantastic Beasts Game

November 28, 2016

A press release from Toy Like Me:

Whoopee! Grab your consoles, the #ToyLikeMe ‘toy box revolution’ has made it to the gaming world as Lego release new Lego Dimensions game featuring a wheelchair user in a gaming first.
The move to include several wheelchair users as background characters in the new Lego Dimensions Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them game, comes less than a year after Lego issued the acclaimed world’s first wheelchair mini-
figure at the 2016 Nuremberg Toy Fair in response to growing pressure from parent-led group #ToyLikeMe.
“Whilst the wheelchair user is only on screen for a matter of seconds, it’s a significant move by Lego to be more inclusive”, says #ToyLikeMe co-founder Rebecca Atkinson.“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,” says Atkinson, “And that Lego will be braver next time and include more disabled
characters to help change the attitudes of a generation.”
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