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Lego set to release wheelchair mini-figure this summer

Toy maker answers pleas for inclusion

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This summer, Lego will release a mini-figure who uses a wheelchair.

The toy company said the new mini-figure, the first of its kind, is in response to requests from advocacy groups representing the disabled.

'Toy Like Me'

The groups had been pleading with Lego to make a figure that would show the reality of disabled people living their day-to-day lives.

An online group known as "Toy Like Me" also sent Lego a petition signed by people supporting the inclusion of a disabled mini-figure. The petition had more than 20,000 signatures.

'Following through'

The Danish toy maker clearly agreed with its customers. Lego will debut the wheelchair mini-figure in a Lego City Set that appears to show a scene in a park with figures of parents nearby.

The set will be available this June.