Toy Breakthroughs: Barbie Finally Gets Realistic Body; Lego Figure Gets Wheelchair

Toy Breakthroughs: Barbie Finally Gets Realistic Body; Lego Figure Gets Wheelchair

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Two staples of the make-believe world of children’s toys will soon reflect real life diversity.

LEGO will add its first mini-figure in a wheelchair and Barbie will add some curves, as well as seven different skin tones.

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LEGO unveiled its “Fun in the Park” play set, which features 14 elements including a boy in a wheelchair. The addition shows that children with mobility issues are just like everyone else who wants to play in the park.

Toymaker Mattel is also addressing children’s body images by unveiling a variety of body sizes and skin color for Barbie. The message to children is that there is no one image of beauty.

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Company spokesperson Michelle Chidoni says changes are “a better reflection of what girls see in the world around them.”

Photos: LEGO; Mattel

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