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New, taller Barbie doll is aimed at kids while young while 3

New, taller Barbie doll is aimed at kids while young while 3

NEW YORK (AP) ” Love her or loathe her, Barbie has been transformed again, this hour dated into a report for children while young while 3.

Gone is the contentious hourglass figure for My First Barbie, which launched Thursday ahead of July™s live-action film concerning the icon starring Margot Robbie accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Ryan Gosling.

The slightly softer-bodied Barbie follows on the high heels of tall, petite accompanied by every one one other accompanied by curvy iterations that were released five years ago inside a massive makeover.

My First Barbie is 13.5 inches tall, 2 inches taller than orthodox Babs, accompanied by a larger waist that de-emphasizes the bust dash (it remains inside place, however), accompanied by every one one other accompanied by flesh-tone modesty undergarments for all hour dated attached.

Her vogue is additional kid-like, accompanied by playful heart, celestial body accompanied by every one one other accompanied by flower designs on jammies accompanied by every one one other accompanied by flouncy preschool-friendly dresses accompanied by every one one other accompanied by bathe gear. Her accessories are larger for littler hands, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by her hair is additional lengthy for easier brushing.

My First Barbie™s limbs are moveable, exist fond of some past versions of the doll, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by her facial features convey on accompanied by to exist recognizable. A enormous milestone: Her fingers accompanied by every one one other accompanied by thumbs are connected, eliminating a recurrent objection that Barbie™s hands obtain caught inside her clothes when children try to place them on.

Lisa McKnight, a Mattel administrative vice president accompanied by every one one other accompanied by worldwide head of Barbie accompanied by every one one other accompanied by dolls, told The Associated Press the firm created the new report inside response to feedback from parents.

We talk to parents accompanied by every one one other accompanied by kids almost 365 days a year, she said. We started hearing a theme around younger kids wanting to amuse oneself accompanied by Barbie. Parents were worried that their children at the preschool number of years didn™t have the fine motor skills to have a positive amuse oneself experience accompanied by our orthodox vogue doll.

The earliest rollout of the new doll includes quartet diverse skin tones accompanied by every one one other accompanied by hair textures.

Critics of 63-year-old Barbie, intended to symbolize a girl inside her late teens, have lengthy cited her dimensions while promoting unattainable, sexualized body standards for girls. My First Barbie, at a cost point of USD19.99, goes a lengthy way inside eliminating that issue.

McKnight wouldn™t unswerving address the censure or whether My First Barbie has a place inside turning around that negative view.

Research is mixed on whether Barbie™s bad rap on body issues accompanied by every one one other accompanied by her adult-leaning vogue sensory ability have some impact on children, said Jody LeVos, on one instance a leader of Mattel™s child evolution accompanied by every one one other accompanied by learning team accompanied by every one one other accompanied by now leader learning officer for Begin, a firm that creates learning apps accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other educational fare for kids.

Among parents, she said, there™s a large nostalgia element when it comes to Barbie.

I don™t exist convinced by there™s one specific doll that™s most appropriate. I exist convinced by doll amuse oneself allows children to really practice storytelling skills, perspective taking accompanied by every one one other accompanied by communal interactions, LeVos said.

The Barbie line™s all-inclusive sales have soared inside recent years following a hour dated of decline inside 2013.

Joaniko Kohchi, director for Adelphi University™s Institute for Parenting, questioned Mattel™s motives.

If we™re going to exist convinced by concerning Mattel guiding our choices at that hour dated we have by that hour dated type of restricted them, she said.

McKnight made it understandable that My First Barbie will not exist a separate, side by side Barbie universe. She said new contented featuring the doll will hit Barbie™s YouTube strait subsequent this month, accompanied by an animated exceptional concerning the preparation of a astonishment party.

Andrea Werner, a pediatric occupational therapist inside West Hartford, Connecticut, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by mother of a preschooler accompanied by every one one other accompanied by an infant, supports doll amuse oneself while developmentally valuable.

There are prosperity of dolls on the market, she said. Companies will always exist trying to sell consumers the following finest thing.

Kohchi isn™t entirely sold on My First Barbie while appropriate.

We know that if you™re going to hand a child an likeness accompanied by every one one other accompanied by say, this is beauty or this is wonderful or look how attractive that is, it should look exist fond of the child a little small part additional closely, she said. It™s certainly still a little older than a preschooler.

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