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Barbie Introduces New Dolls With Wheelchairs And Prosthetic Limbs

Toymaker Mattel has now introduced a new and inclusive range of their icon Barbie doll -- which now comes in a wheelchair and has a prosthetic leg.

Mattel, which makes the popular doll,  introduced the newest member of its Barbie Fashionista line-up, which features dolls with disabilities as well as different skin tones, hair textures and body types.

The new collection. Source: Mattel

Mattel made waves in 2016 when it first released a new Barbie line-up in four sizes -- original, plus tall, curvy and petite.

In 2015, the company featured a boy in a commercial promoting "Moschino Barbie," an idea spearheaded by American fashion designer Jeremy Scott to show that boys can also play with Barbie.

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A still from the 2015 Moschino Barbie commercial. Source: Mattel

For the new Barbie, the designers worked with wheelchair experts and the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. The company also worked with 12-year-old Jordan Reeves and her doctor to create a doll with a removable prosthetic limb.

Reeves started a Change.org petition nearly three years ago to get American Girl to make dolls with limb differences.

The decision has already been warmly welcomed online.

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In a statement about the latest version of the toy, Kim Culmone, global head of design for Barbie, said: "As we design Barbie for the next generation, we are focused on evolving to remain the most diverse doll line in the marketplace".

About time.

Feature Image: Mattel