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.

Posable figure of Anne Bonny, an historic female pirateOdyssey 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]


4 Responses to “World Stars Historic Play Figures”

  1. sfb says:

    Hello, I think I found this in the search because of the Bratz mention but thanks for the link on those very cool dolls. I like these :)

    Bratz World

    February 1st, 2006 at 8:06 am

  2. AJ says:

    I should explain that the reason I dread Little Miss wanting a Bratz doll is that in trying to define why I hate the dolls I had to learn the distinction between a wh0re and a h00ker. In case you’re wondering, “wh0re” is a more fitting descriptor.

    (Zer0es were added because I don’t relish the traffic I receive from people conducting perverse searches related to kids.)

    February 1st, 2006 at 9:29 am

  3. sfb says:

    I understand to each their own although it is funny people who don’t like the Bratz.. some will be (myself included) liking a Cleopatra and an Anne Bonny doll. The storyline of the Bratz does not involve anything like the lives of those ladies. The Bratz start a band and a magazine and wear make-up and fashions people frown upon. They have never wrecked nations and murdered men using their feminine wiles :)

    Bratz World

    February 1st, 2006 at 11:44 am

  4. AJ says:

    Fair enough. I suppose I also wouldn’t enjoy my daughter looking up to Christina Aguilera or Brittney Spears.

    At some point, in her teen years, she’ll be mature enough that I won’t worry so much what she’s exposed to. But, Bratz are aimed at six-year-olds and that’s an age where I am concerned about the superficial appearance of a modern role model doll.

    A pirate Anne Bonny and a rockstar Bratz doll are both used for fantasy play, but Anne Bonny I can couch in an historical, educational context. I’m not sure what I could use Bratz for except to reinforce pop culture. That’s the root issue. I am at odds with pop culture. Parents who buy Bratz dolls probably embrace pop culture.

    February 1st, 2006 at 12:02 pm