Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mattel will Produce a Bald Barbie

Posted by thedollcafe at Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tarina Tarantino Bald by The Doll Cafe
Tarina Tarantino Bald, a photo by The Doll Cafe on Flickr.
Mattel will indeed be producing the "Bald Barbie!" This statement appeared on their Facebook page on Tuesday!

Play is vital for children, especially during difficult times. We are pleased to share with our community that next year we will be producing a fashion doll, that will be a friend of Barbie, which will include wigs, hats, scarves and other fashion accessories to provide girls with a traditional fashion play experience. For those girls who choose, the wigs and head coverings can be interchanged or completely removed. We will work with our longstanding partner, the Children’s Hospital Association, to donate and distribute the dolls exclusively to children’s hospitals directly reaching girls who are most affected by hair loss. A limited number of dolls and monetary donations will also be made to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

Through a thoughtful approach, we made the decision not to sell these dolls at retail stores, but rather get the dolls directly into the hands of children who can most benefit from the unique play experience, demonstrating Mattel’s ongoing commitment to encourage play as a respite for children in the hospital and to bring joy to children who need it most. We appreciate the conversation around this issue, and are interested to hear what you think!

Mattel is definitely doing the right thing, but don't worry if you won't be able to buy one. You can create your own by removing a Barbie's hair and using Mattel wigs that have been produced for other dolls. I purchased this Tarina Tarantino Barbie bald from someone who was going to re-root her. I like her this way. She also has wigs for when she'd like to sport a new look. Spa Retreat Silkstone is bald and the Fashion Queen Barbie and repro are bald. Be creative and have fun, that's always been what Barbie is about and I'm glad to hear that little girls going through hair loss will have a Barbie that looks like them.

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11 comments:

BarbieFantasy on March 30, 2012 at 1:42 AM said...

Good for you! That's what I recommended on the forum for comments after the article. Parents seemed outraged that they couldn't get them and picked about this and that. You handled it perfectly! You show them!

thedollcafe on March 30, 2012 at 9:46 AM said...

Thank you Barbie Fantasy. I'm worried that this doll will somehow end up on ebay but I do hope that girls who receive them hold her dear and the Barbie will help them get through their treatment. I still think this is a controversial topic but Mattel has done the right thing. There have been special Barbies given out in China for adopting families so this is another Barbie for a special cause and parents need to calm down! Liv Dolls are massed produced and they are bald. MGA will mass produce a bald doll too. It's not the end of the world!

Helen's dollsaga on March 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM said...

no doubt this doll will go on eBay, some of the parents will do it as well. just like the adoption Barbie, many adoptive parents put them on ebay for $300.

thedollcafe on March 30, 2012 at 11:10 AM said...

Yes, I've seen those adoption Barbies on Ebay too. How sad.

Marta on March 30, 2012 at 1:26 PM said...

Hello from Spain: I think a good initiative to create a Barbie mattel bald for children with cancer. Then they can play with a doll-like status. I would not buy the bald doll because I always remember this terrible disease that is cancer that kills more people each time and pain. Anyway I think is a good initiative. Keep in touch

Georgia Girl on March 30, 2012 at 6:21 PM said...

Tarina is one of the prettiest dolls Mattel has made. I love this doll with her gorgeous pink hair and bald alike.

thedollcafe on March 30, 2012 at 7:33 PM said...

I agree Georgia Girl! An upcoming post will be all about Tarina Tarantino Barbie! Stay tuned!

Rossetti on March 31, 2012 at 1:28 AM said...

Love this bald Barbie idea, and the fact that it will come with wigs and scarves, so it will be a true fashionista. I think that will be very positive for little girs who are suffering from hair loss or whose mothers are suffering from it.

futuredoll on April 15, 2012 at 5:02 AM said...

As a childhood cancer survivor myself, I would have loved the gift of a doll like this during my illness.

thedollcafe on April 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM said...

Thank you for your comment Futuredoll. I am so glad Mattel will be producing the Barbie and distributing her to children who will love her!

Pam on August 14, 2012 at 11:40 PM said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful news!! :)

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