Back in the day, Ken was always a hot commodity whenever my friends and I fought over whose Barbie would be the lucky lady that day. Turns out, Ken might not even be into plastic boobs, anyway. In a four-room set she built in an art gallery for a piece called “In The Dollhouse,” photographer Dina Goldstein captures Barbie and Ken’s failing marriage as Ken tries to sort out his own sexuality in an unseen lifestyle within the Dream House walls. [DinaGoldstein.com]
When I picture Barbie, it’s with her signature straight blonde hair, unrealistically perky (and hard) boobs, and undeniably Caucasian skin tone and features. Sure, there’s darker-skinned Teresa and, uh, gingery Midge who sported a fetus in her hollowed belly, but they all have distinctly European features and hair. An African-American natural hair group is reclaiming the most famous doll ever with their own take on the traditional Barbie. The group will distribute Barbies to young girls at Booker T. Washington apartments in Columbus, GA in the spirit of the holidays, but not before they’ve reconfigured the dolls’ hair into natural Afro styles using pipe cleaners, end papers, and boiling water. I think this is an awesome idea — what a great message to send to young, impressionable girls in response to Barbie’s usual look, which condones peroxide, flat-irons, breast implants, and anorexia. [Madame Noire]
Show me a little girl who doesn’t want a Cabbage Patch Kid doll in the likeness of Al Roker and I’ll show you a liar. All small children are just dying to snuggle up with the “Today” show weatherman!
They aren’t? No? Well, let’s hope some deep-pocketed adults do, because someone needs to find the Al doll a happy home. Al and his Celebrity Cabbage Patch Kids pals are being auctioned off for CPKauctionforcharity.com to raise money for foster care and adoption organizations.
Let’s take a closer look at the totally random assortment of celebs who now have the unique distinction of Xavier Roberts’ name scrawled across their butt. [Yahoo Shine]
Poor Prince William and Kate Middleton. The pizza with their faces recreated in vegetables was bad, but that’s got nothing on these vacant-eyed dolls from the toy company Arklu. A set of William and Kate together in their wedding finery costs $159.95; the Kate doll alone is a cool $79.95. (For some reason, the Prince William doll cannot be purchased on its own.) I might actually pay someone to keep these dolls from coming alive at night and eating my brains while I sleep. [Arklu.com via USA Today] Keep reading »
By day, she’s a certified nursing assistant in Griffin, Georgia, but by night, Phyllis, a grandmother in her 60s, has a shocking secret: She’s addicted to doll collecting.
She has more than 50,000 of them, according to the A&E series, “Hoarders,” which featured Phyllis on the season premiere episode that aired on June 20. Her explanation for keeping the dolls — which are in varying degrees of decay and shabbiness — is simple.
“When I see their sweet little faces, it makes me happy,” she said. “I don’t collect them because they’re valuable. I just like their company.” Read more… Keep reading »
Action figurine company HeroBuilders.com has wasted no time jumping on Weinergate. They have released an Anthony Weiner doll that comes in two versions—regular ($39.95) and anatomically correct ($49.95). While the face looks nothing like Weiner to me, he does come bedecked in gym clothes and has a label on his shorts that says “Tweet this.” I guess you could make him bump plastic parts with Barbie? [Newser] Keep reading »
There are alternative ways of becoming a parent if traditional human child rearing is not your cup of tea. Partners of 26 years, Mark Kirby and A.J. Sapolnick, adopted their “son,” Digby, some 20 years ago in Paris. Yes, Digby is technically a “doll” but they don’t care to refer to him that way. To them, he is their child. Keep reading »