Wednesday, February 1st, 2006
World Stars Historic Play Figures
I dread the day Little Miss is old enough to want a Barbie or Bratz doll. Thankfully, the Internet will reveal many alternatives. Here is one.
Odyssey Toys makes World Stars posable play figures. These 4-inch-tall dolls are famous faces from history. The female options are slim, but there are dolls for people such as Sacagawea, Cleopatra, Shuttle Pilot Sally (Ride) and Doctor Elizabeth (Blackwell). The (parenthesis) are my guesses at who the generic names really represent. A few other women dolls are hidden in various categories, such as Anne Bonny in the Pirates collection.
Curiously, there is a Civil War collection which includes a Johnny Reb and Robert E. Lee doll. I suppose Buffalo Soldier Brent Woods and Harriet Tubman can teach ‘em a thing or two.
I was also amused to see the Ancient Times collection with a dark skinned King Tutankhamon and Cleopatra, but a lily white Jesus of Nazareth. Hey, if I’m giving my kid historic dolls, I’d appreciate an authentic dark skinned Jesus. I’ll gladly buy a white Jesus when I’m teaching Little Miss about 2,000 years of Western art.
[This link tip is via Robot Wisdom]