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Mattel tries to reverse declining Barbie sales by promoting a body-positive role model Barbie.
Call me cynical, but I’m betting they’re gone in two years.
Definition: Body + Positive +
Add + On + Pounds.
Yeah! That’ll work!!
Thick girls need love too
*vows to never play with Jimbro’s Barbies*
Both those dolls look fine to me. I won’t be buying one though, so, eh. It’s the opinion with dollars behind it that matters.
Nothing wrong with a little junk.
True, true, but I’m betting that the original Barbie was shaped to little girls’ preferences, not an imposition of an impossible body type by the eeevil patriarchy. Now that they have a choice, it’ll be interesting to see if that’s true or not.
You think they had little kid focus groups way back then? Naw, man. Kids will covet whatever they see. It could have gone either way.
Yeah but (from your link):
“Every little girl needed a doll through which to project herself into her dream of her future,” she said in a 1977 interview, as quoted in the obituary. “If she was going to do role playing of what she would be like when she was 16 or 17, it was a little stupid to play with a doll that had a flat chest. So I gave it beautiful breasts.”
Seems like she did some serious thinking about the dolls’ design, based on what she thought girls’ would want. I wouldn’t be surprised if she did some informal focus groups before she did the product release.
Now you made me look up the history of focus groups. Turns out they were popular with marketers in the 50’s.
But like I said – it may be that girls have been brainwashed by the lack of an anatomically realistic doll, but I kind of doubt it. If the sales of the new doll flourish, I’ll be proven wrong.
So… are anatomically realistic dolls for sale, anywhere?
Asking for a friend.
If they put a schlong on Barbie I’m done
I was a kid when Barbie was launched. We didn’t think much about anatomically correct dolls. They were out there. I had one — probably a bit larger scale than Barbie, with a very pretty face, slightly smaller breasts, more hips and butt but not overweight. But when Barbie hit the market with all the pretty clothes, the stuff you could buy for her, the need to have the same size doll as your girlfriends with whom you played, made it kinda necessary to go with a Barbie.
My first Barbie had shorter hair — bouffant style — brunette. My choice. I got a Ken to add to my collection. My mom and I made the clothes, but those were a LOT of work.
The small hips on the original Barbie
… The small hips made the clothes look good and much easier to slip on and off the doll.
My daughter played with my Barbie dolls when she was a kid too. And we bought her her own Barbie dolls, etc. I might still have all that in a plastic bin in the attic.
So you’re saying that it was the accessories that drove Barbie’s popularity, rather than the actual doll itself. I could believe that – it will be interesting to see if accessories support sales of the new doll.
Oh dude, the shoes alone
Hahahah! Yea, Geoff and Dave! I guess I’m saying that.
Honestly the ‘other’ doll that came out about the same time as Barbie was much prettier and I liked her better. But trying to play dolls with the neighborhood gals with my Amazon-woman who had less clothing choices and could not fit into or even try on the other Barbie clothing and accessories was kinda lame.
Might be more about marketing…
Barbie had market penetration.
I recall that the cost of the original Barbie was less than $5, maybe more like $3.
Clothing got more pricy.
I think Mattel made the business decision to keep the cost of the dolls low enough to get the dolls in the hands of the little girls. Then little gals would buy the accessories and clothing. The stuff was poor quality too. Stuff would rip easily and get dirty.
… and DAVE, yes, the shoes would get lost because they were all super high-heels that just slipped on (and fell off easily).
This article from Time shows the difference between women’s and men’s thinking on what constitutes the perfect male and female bodies. Not scientific: it’s just what a lingerie shop came up with based on an internet poll, but it’s kind of interesting nonetheless.
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