Lego and disability

So I read this:

 

But for all the mini-figures in the world, Lego does not produce a single one with a wheelchair or a disability.

…in the Guardian, which really should know better.

 

Of course, like most people of my generation, I immediately thought of this:

 

Lego Pirate, from https://www.flickr.com/photos/pasukaru76/5687502417/in/photolist-9EzWjv-kxWDYe-djBot9-9BceTU-9Bce6Q-9B9m7p-9B9kyH-dT7kSW-9BcbrS-dxJuH7-9Bcdzo-9BcbBS-9Bcevq-9HjFWM-dXDd5A-7hnL2b-dXejWG-j2QZg1-8AnaXJ-dWZyMe-b5ipxB-o8zkrc-dXorHp-8vWmZd-b7bA22-dWT7Gx-7FgyMx-8CciBV-dUJjDb-8vbFn9-b5Xj8B-8vTeiH-7FksoY-8vWnom-7FgyJp-qQYjzc-7hiNCe-kGG3sC-aC8QWU-jMysii-5enNH2-oVyq7-8vbEZf-4UAU46-daJRmj-dXdwon-dipwjY-dxD3Hg-7FgyKF-7FgyKc via creative commons...
Lego Pirate, from https://www.flickr.com/photos/pasukaru76/5687502417/in/photolist-9EzWjv-kxWDYe-djBot9-9BceTU-9Bce6Q-9B9m7p-9B9kyH-dT7kSW-9BcbrS-dxJuH7-9Bcdzo-9BcbBS-9Bcevq-9HjFWM-dXDd5A-7hnL2b-dXejWG-j2QZg1-8AnaXJ-dWZyMe-b5ipxB-o8zkrc-dXorHp-8vWmZd-b7bA22-dWT7Gx-7FgyMx-8CciBV-dUJjDb-8vbFn9-b5Xj8B-8vTeiH-7FksoY-8vWnom-7FgyJp-qQYjzc-7hiNCe-kGG3sC-aC8QWU-jMysii-5enNH2-oVyq7-8vbEZf-4UAU46-daJRmj-dXdwon-dipwjY-dxD3Hg-7FgyKF-7FgyKc via creative commons…

 

Also this excellent reddit build from a little while ago…

View post on imgur.com

 

Here, for example, is where to buy them online. Professor X, that most famous of fictional wheelchair-users gets a lego figure of course that appears in the lego video games and videos.  He might have a minifig you can buy.

 

There is a lot wrong with how disability is represented (including, of course, the fact that for many people in the media disability=wheelchair, which is really unhelpful), but lazy fact-checking is still lazy.

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