After a campaign for ‘greater diversity in the toybox’ went viral on social media, a British toy manufacturer has created a new range of dolls with disabilities. As well as models with walking sticks and hearing impairments, Makies has come up with toys bearing birthmarks and scars. The company has also confirmed its design and manufacturing department are working on a wheelchair-bound character as well. Using 3D printing to design the dolls and their add-on impairment aids and accessories, Makies hopes the new line will be a big success – given how quickly it was created in response to the #ToyLikeMe Facebook campaign.
Priced at £69, Makie Dolls are custom-designed for their owner, with the company planning to trial custom facial characteristics – meaning soon, parents could create dolls with the same birthmark as their child.
The new collection has left Toy Like Me activists pretty happy, but they’re not done with campaigning for greater diversity when it comes to kids’ toys. They posted on their Facebook page: ‘Toy Like Me won’t rest. If small companies like Makies can respond, what are the big girls and boys doing? Come on Lego, Playmobil, Mattell Barbie – 770,000 UK children with disabilities (and millions more beyond) need positive toy box representation now!’
A spokesperson for Makie added: ‘Just like humans, no two Makies are the same. We’re hoping to make some kids – and their parents – really happy with these inclusive accessories.’ Read more about the new line of dolls on Makie’s website.
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