That’s a colour typically used to represent Caucasian skin tones across the library of licensed minifigures, and has therefore sparked criticism among theBrickManDan points out on his YouTube channel, the company has a history of using nougat elements for Asian characters in themes including
It’s not necessarily that simple, though: the character of Shang-Chi is actually half-Chinese, half-Caucasian – at least in classic comic canon – while medium nougat has drawn ire for being too dark for minifigures like
For its part, the
“Representation in toys is very important and we know the big impact that play has on children,” the company said in a statement. “Children are our heroes, and we want them to feel both represented and empowered. We are actively looking at ways where we can better represent everyone in our minifigure designs.
“In working on representation we are not alone. We work closely with our IP partners to find the most suitable characters, expression and skin tones for characters when designing our sets, but we appreciate that some fans feel that we could have done better in this case. We’re sorry for this. We’ll ensure your comments are questions are shared with the right people here to help guide us toward the right solution in the future.”
One such solution could be the introduction of a new colour between light and medium nougat to better represent East Asian characters, as was suggested by one Eurobricks user as far back as September 2020. Time will tell whether that’s a particular change the