Why Lego’s wheelchair minifigure is fearfully and wonderfully made

Mark Stephenson

Mark Stephenson
February 1, 2016

By making space for a minifigure in a wheelchair, Lego reminds us that we're all made in the image of God.

February 2, 2016

This is exactly why we as Christians need to step up in the workplace and influence things such as these. As the article mentioned only God can change hearts, but we can plant seeds - even if it is one Lego at a time.

Doug Vande Griend
February 2, 2016

This is a good article. I would add that mark Stephenson does his job (for the CRCNA) really well, rarely missing the opportunity to advocate, in a constructive, respectful and loving way, for the "special" contingent of our community. Indeed, he does his job so well, I hesitated to use the word "special" just now. :-)

Dan Van Kooten
February 2, 2016

Breaking stereotypes is important work. This move by LEGO may seem small and insignificant, but small steps lead to significant changes. It will be easier for a new generation of kids to see the person in the wheelchair more than the wheelchair itself.

February 2, 2016

It's a lovely idea but as someone in the disability community I get sick of oversensitive disability activists. There are many types of people in wheel chairs, so I didn't see anything wrong with an elderly man in a wheelchair. I suppose they would be more supportive of an elderly person with autism. Those do exist too.

I'm all for this move by LEGO and Barbie. Would love to see a short brown skinned slightly curvy mop-haired tight jeans and leather jacket stype barb (ok I'm talking about myself here).

Frank Olvera
February 3, 2016

Lego had a character in a wheelchair back in 1976. See model 555 (http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/555_Hospital).

Theresa Chown
February 3, 2016

God for leggo. Not all children are perfect and they should have toys that look like them. Just like girls are not perfectly shaped, Barbies should not be so shapely. I resent that as it is very upsetting fir little girls who don't look like that and many dont.

When they get to Heaven they will be perfect and no wheel chairs but they live here now in an imperfect world,

Brandon Ellis
April 4, 2017

In Reply to frank olvera (comment #27830)
Yes but this is a disabled wheelchair figure and not one in the hospital.

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