UK Toy Company Aims to Represent Disabled Kids in New Line of 3D-Printed, Customizable Dolls
Just the beginning.
In response to Toy Like Me, a Facebook campaign run by parents of disabled children and calling for “greater diversity in the toy box,” UK toy company Makies has expanded their line to include hearing and walking aids for dolls as well as a doll with a birthmark.
Makies allows parents and kids to customize skin color, facial features and hair for their dolls, and is currently designing a 3D-printed wheelchair for the line as well as a system that would allow parents to order dolls with a birthmark in the same place as their child’s.
In a press release, Makies reports that it will use local artists to get their 3D-printed dolls and accessories into stores soon. In response to Makies’ new additions, ToyLikeMe challenged larger companies to focus on greater inclusivity:
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!
What do you think, gang? What other customizable options would you like to see Makies include?
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