Bald Barbie: Bad Idea

Bald Barbie Doll Cancer

  Bald Barbie Why it probably won’t happen

We love the idea of a bald Barbie, we love the idea of making a doll that helps children who are bald – for whatever the reason – have a doll they can identify with. So in our hearts it’s a great idea!

But as a business owner we can only say that Bald Barbies are a bad idea. The market is not big enough to support them. For Mattel it would be a manufacturer’s nightmare… Barbie’s hair is ‘rooted’ meaning that the heads have holes to attach the hair to. So it’s not just ‘no hair,’ they’d have to make the heads with no holes… in other words a whole other manufacturing line dedicated to a teensy-tiny market.

And of course they would need Bald Black Barbies, multicultural Bald Barbies maybe bald Kens too, right?

Actually what would make more sense (to me) is another Mattel brand: American Girl Dolls… already a highly customizable doll, with very healthy profit margins, Mattel could probably do a Bald American Girl doll a lot easier than Barbie.

My Suggestion? While you’re waiting for the ‘not likely,’ hunt up a ‘Reborn Doll’ artist on Ebay or Etsy. Reborn Doll artists transform dolls every day… anything you can imagine, from amputations to baldness to tracheotomy or chemo feeds can be easily made by those artists. And it won’t cost much either.