LEGO debuts its first minifigure with vitiligo

As the range of LEGO minifigures becomes ever more diverse, the new 21337 Table Football set includes a character with vitiligo for the first time.

For many years, LEGO minifigures had generic yellow faces, and that was that. Gradually different expressions were introduced, and then a wider range of skin tones. Faces with glasses or hearing aids were developed and, over time, it became easier for builders to create a minifigure that looked just like – or at least similar to – themselves.

With nearly eight billion people on the planet though, there will always be a wider variety of faces than are available in the LEGO parts catalogue. But with the release of 21337 Table Football, a set developed from from a design submitted by Ideas Challenge winner Donát Fehérvári, the range of faces just got a little bit wider.

The set contains 44 heads to allow builders to create the sorts of teams that they’d like to see, and that includes one head that has vitiligo. For those who aren’t aware, vitiligo is a condition whereby white patches develop on the skin. It’s due to a lack of the skin pigment, melanin, and it can be caused by stressful events, sun damage or exposure to chemicals. You can find out more on this NHS webpage.

There have already been some raised eyebrows at the cost of 21337 Table Football, and we must confess that we’ve already made a somewhat tongue in cheek video expressing… surprise at the price. However, if some of that cost went towards development of a wider range of minifigure elements, that allows LEGO fans of all ages and backgrounds to better see themselves represented in brick form, then we reckon it’s probably money well spent.

21337 Table Football will be available at LEGO.com from November 1. It has 2,339 pieces and will cost £214.99 / $249.99 / €249.99.

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2 thoughts on “LEGO debuts its first minifigure with vitiligo

  • 08/10/2022 at 22:33
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    Terrible set and just lego excuse for jacking up prices. They don’t know it yet but greed will be the planets downfall not pesky climate change or internet trolls like moi . Lol

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