I saw this story about a recalled doll today: Wal-Mart Recalls 174,000 Dolls Over Burn Risk.
And pardon the pun, ‘it burned my butt.’ You see I think Barbie dolls are great, and totally disagree with the feminists and other carpers who insist that playing with a Barbie Doll is harmful to a little girl’s psyche.
And then I see this doll, which is a Walmart exclusive and sold 174,000 in two years.
To quote the article: The 16-inch doll is packaged with a toy medical check-up kit. The doll babbles when she gets “sick” and her cheeks turn red and she starts coughing. Using the medical kit pieces cause the symptoms to stop.
A doll that heats up? Whose cheeks turn red? Who can be ‘cured’ by playing using the medical pieces? In my humble opinion, this doll is much worse than a Barbie.
First of all, (And I am guessing here) this doll apparently only came in ‘white.’ I make that assumption because there is only one UPC code being recalled. If there were a Black version of this doll, it should have had a different UPC. If I am guessing correctly, I find that kind of insulting.
Second: The package is marked ages three and up. Which means the accessories are going to get lost. Which means at some point you’re going to have a doll that can never be cured? Coughs until her batteries run out? What kind of message does that send to kids?
Don’t get me wrong… I know this is commenting on someone else’s misfortune… and of course I am writing this post ‘in hindsight.’ I am not a Walmart hater. I know that as a professional retail doll buyer, if I had been shown this doll, I might have said ‘great idea’ too. (Although I would have wanted the ethnic version, because that’s what we sell at The Pattycake Doll Company.) I know darn well that the buyer at Walmart would never have knowingly wanted to potentially burn a child.
To paraphrase Kermit the Frog “It’s not easy being a doll buyer.”