Toys Like Me: Why Diversity in Barbie Dolls and Legos Matters

Mattel Barbie Body Types
Today, Barbie announced the expansion of its Fashionistas doll line to include three body types – tall, curvy and petite – and a variety of skin tones, hair styles and outfits. With these additions, girls everywhere will have infinitely more ways to play out their stories and spark their imaginations through Barbie. (PRNewsFoto/Mattel)

Playtime could broaden kids’ perspectives and ideas of what is “good” when it comes to body image, as new, diverse toys come onto the market, sociologists say.

Last week, Mattel announced a new line for its iconic Barbie that includes dolls with tall, curvy and petite body types. These dolls have seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles, Mattel said in a news announcement.

Meanwhile, Lego plans to sell a minifigure in a wheelchair in its “Fun in the Park” building set this June, Lego spokesman Michael McNally said.

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