2010-03-06

The Doll Market

So now that I have a girl, I'm looking at dolls. Not that she cares now, honestly she doesn't care about much now, except about when she is going to eat and if someone can change her diaper, but I was looking at dolls. The husband and I decided that it would be best if we purchased dolls of all hues, and I remember as a kid wanting a doll that looked like me skin tone wise, as it meant to me as a kid that I was pretty too, and that Barbie wasn't the only pretty girl out there. Now, I'm a child of the 1980s, which means that the concept of racial inclusiveness when it came to dolls was that black Barbie would look just like white Barbie with darker skin. It was better than nothing, but it still wasn't where it needed to be. Now we are in the year 2010, and I know that by now things have improved and changed in the doll market and the multicultural niche was filled. It hasn't.

It seems that the major doll manufacturers haven't stepped up the game. It appears most the "black" dolls are still pretty white looking.Yes they have tans, but they seem to be lighter hued, or have green or hazel eyes. They all tend to have silky straight hair, and there is no such thing as a biracial dolls to the major doll manufacturers. Luckily, there is a niche market that appeals to this segment of the population. Unfortunately the dolls all tend to be blond with "kinky" or "curly" hair and have hazel eyes, because apparently biracial people all come out looking mostly white with some black features. Just to give you an idea, when I did a google search for biracial dolls, this is what I came up with:






Not to mention these "niche" dolls tend to be kind of expensive.

So I guess I will look forward to having to search for dolls for Rabbit.