May 27, 2010

"'Busty Barbie' in Mattel's new Back to Basics Barbie"

Now, that's an  eye-catching headline for sure. Naturally, it's from the New York Daily News.

But Paul Hooson, writer for Wizbang Pop!, actually has the better story:

"New Barbie Collection Controversial":

"Mattel has a new collection of Barbie dolls called BACK TO BASICS To which is a little hard to understand. It's not really clear what's BACK TO BASICS about the collection of dolls, which in some cases look much more like porn stars, gold diggers, and other interesting career types than anything. But, Mattel does deserve some credit for creating a unique new line of Barbie dolls with new faces and some more adult fashion designs. In fact, each new face in the series seems to tell an interesting story.

[snip]

"Mattel attempted something daring here, and that will likely be talked about for years by collectors. These are a real oddity in the long running brand series."

So, is this latest incarnation of Barbie -- "some of the best faces the series has ever offered" -- intended solely for adult collectors? Given the low-cut dresses &, shall we say, the doll's enhanced attributes, some parents certainly think so....

But some reader comments about "Busty Barbie" on the Daily Cents site sound less concerned. Like this one by Ann:

"I see people at the mall dressed in less clothing. This doll collection is clearly intended for adults. Parents will need to decide if they want to purchase for their kids."

What do you think?

Is the Back to Basics collection a welcome addition for adult Barbie collectors? Or are the dolls just too much for girls who love Barbie?

[The first image above is "BARBIE BASICS MODEL #10," which recently sold for $19.99 on eBay. Next is a set: "4 Barbie BASICS Doll #s 11-3-6-13," which went for $124.99. And the "BARBIE BASICS DOLL MODEL NO 1," sold for a Buy-It-Now price of $29.99.]

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