JARISE9 YOU’RE A FOOL…MATTEL’S WHEECHAIR BARBIE NOT SELLING WELL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ‘DISABLITIES NOT SELLING WELL”

I know Jarise9 wouldn’t EVER read this but if she does. I’m still waiting for that proof of  the fact that the Barbie “Becky” wheelchair doll didn’t sell because of in Jarise9’s word’s “because disablties doesn’t sell”. From my umpteens researches I have found the oppoiste to be true. The only reason the doll didn’t sell well  was BECAUSE IT COULDN’T FIT INTO BARBIE’S HOME, THE HOME’S ELEVATOR  OR BARBIE’S VAN. Much like what you’re saying about having to re-do animations for SIMS to be disabled.  And if Disabilities  didn’t sell well How came there been three versions of Becky (not counting the original Becky who hair was too long):  The “Share a Smile Special Edition Doll” Becky doll in 1996.  The “Barbie Becky I’m the School Photographer” in 1998 and the “Barbie Becky Paralympic Champion” in 2000.

http://www.washington.edu/doit/Press/barbie.html

http://whereslulu.com/2010/08/18/wheelchair-becky-friend-of-barbie/

The new and improved first issue of the dolls flew off the shelves, selling out in two weeks.

also from above article:

According to one of Mattel’s original press releases, Share a Smile Becky is:
Barbie(R) doll’s hip and very cool disabled friend who is a photographer for her high school yearbook. She comes with a pretend camera so she can take “pictures” at all school events. Becky doll uses a red and silver realistically designed wheelchair and keeps in style wearing a trendy fashion ensemble accessorized with red stud earrings, red framed sunglasses, and a brown backpack that hangs on the back of her wheelchair.

Becky also appears in a new book entitled, Barbie, The New Counselor, published by Golden Books, where she works as a camp counselor with Barbie. This emphasizes the Becky doll’s leadership abilities and sends a powerful message to kids. In addition, Becky will appear in the Detective Barbie CD-ROM where she helps the Barbie doll solve mysteries using her incredible computer skills to uncover clues.

http://blog.amsvans.com/wheelchair-barbie-dolls-were-not-so-accessible/

Right now  in hospitals across Canada & the U.S.  there is a bald Barbie that comes with ‘hats, scarves and other fashion accessories’.  for girls  who either lost hair themselves due to cancer or cancer treatment and also girls who female relative (mother/sister/aunt/grandma)  who lost their hair due to cancer or cancer treatment. That’s the only downside to this Barbie is, its ONLY available in hospitals and not in stores despite the attempts of the Vatican last year.   I mean the people who created the viral campian-sp?  want to decrease the stigma of cancer , as well as wanting a Barbie doll that “look similar to either them or a relative”

Update to this post:

http://www.thestar.com/life/parent/2013/04/16/dolls_with_down_syndrome_prove_to_be_an_internet_hit.html

When a now 13 year old girl Hanna Freda who has Down Syndrome  was 9 years old she was trying to find a doll who looked like her but couldn’t. Now her mother Connie Freda is in business selling Down-Syndrome dolls. She has sold 1,000 dolls which were the first batch and she’s taking pre-orders for the next batch  and the pre-orders are also 1,000 and its barley been three years since she started.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/11/29/american-girl-dolls-embrace-differences-and-disabilities/

The{ American Girl’} Special Sparkle section in its  holiday catalog includes a miniature service dog in harness, a hearing aid and an allergy-free lunch kit.

. Now they can also be fitted with glasses, braces for the teeth, crutches or a wheel chair, and the company recently began to offer dolls without hair to represent those who have lost hair to cancer.

Doctor Ari Brown states in the article, That even if a girl isn’t disabled, playing with a doll that looks disabled is an enriching experience for everyone. It makes girls more accepting of those different from themselves.

 

The only downside to both of these article is the Down syndrome doll costs $75.   The American Girl dolls cost $105, the hearing aid is $9, wheelchair is $38 and the allergy-free lunch kit is $28

 

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2 Responses to “JARISE9 YOU’RE A FOOL…MATTEL’S WHEECHAIR BARBIE NOT SELLING WELL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ‘DISABLITIES NOT SELLING WELL””

  1. Faith12368 Says:

    Very nice research hon! And excellent post!! 🙂

    • celoptra Says:

      thanks but its creeps me out that the mention of the Vactian makes that paragrah seem like its from a newspaper article! Yet its only my own words in that pargraph.

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