Perhaps someone stumbled across some news about it already. I'm curious what you're thinking about it. Especially since we have some members with different kinds of disabilites.
A british toymaker company was contacted at the beginning of this month by the organizers of the "Toy Like Me" campaign and asked them if they could add disability associated accessories to their customized dolls.
So Makies, that certain line of dolls namely, has introduced various additions to its collection so that dolls can now be purchased with walking canes, hearing aids, glasses or facial birthmarks. The line soon will expand to include wheelchairs.
In general, the campaign tried to encourage parents of disabled children to send Facebook messages and to tweet to companies like Hasbro, Lego and Mattel, in an effort to create more inclusive toy lines.
So far it has received a lot of positive feedback (Link: Toymaker launches 3D-printed disabled doll range)
However, on the other hand some parents seem to be a bit furious about dolls that try to reflect disabilities.
While the manufacturers claim such dolls, which are finding a growing market so far, help ‘normalise’ conditions like Down’s syndrome so young sufferers don’t feel so different from their friends - and while many parents of disabled children have welcomed the dolls as a realistic alternative to the physical perfection of the Baby Annabells already on the market - some dismiss them as a sick joke. In fact, their detractors believe they only emphasise a disabled child’s differences to their able-bodied friends (Link: Parents' fury at 'Down's Syndrome dolls' designed to help children deal with disability).
Personally I think it's okay? Surely there may be a small line, in which I mean that dolls should look rather cute instead of forcing down a certain message;- a wheelchair and anything similar is fine. Since in the end this wouldn't even have that much of a chance on the market. While it may also emphasize a bit of a negative image.
On the other hand if those dolls look somewhat sweet and those added disabilities come across as acessoires... that's great, isn't it?
Although I may be seeing it through rose colored glasses, but I think they do look pretty, much more than my old Malibu Barbie as far as I remember her. Despite that I wanted to have one badly as a child. I guess that's why she ended up getting eaten by my plushie dinosaur...
Anyway, if dolls may have an impact, then this is the right one surely. Instead of the repeatedly discussed unrealistic standard of beauty.
What's your opinion: Is it okay or is it absolute overkill?
Is there just a small line that should not be crossed as such in case of not making those dolls too different? Or is this on the other hand only avoiding the harsh truth?