African American Barbie Newborn Pups Review (Mattel)

African American Barbie Newborn Pups
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What It Is

This Barbie Newborn Pups set includes an African American Barbie doll, a mommy dog, three mini puppies, a dog bed, a paw-shaped puppy bath, a water bottle, and a washcloth. The mommy dog gives birth to three puppies. It doesn’t go too far into the miracle of puppy life, rather to puppies kind of tumble out of the dog’s stomach when kids push on the mommy dog's back. Kids can help her welcome her puppies into the world. Once they are here, kids can add ice cold water to the included tub, and use the color changing cloth to wash the newborn pups, which opens their eyes, and reveals a colored heart to signify if each pup is a boy or a girl. Warm water can be used to close their eyes again when it’s time for puppy sleep. The set is also available with a Caucasian blonde-haired Barbie. Both wear denim shorts, a striped t-shirt with hearts, tennis shoes, and a headband. The dolls cannot stand on their own but they can bend at the knee, which puts them at the right height for helping to deliver the pups. 

Is It Fun?


Color changing technology adds to fun as kids reveal the sex of their cute puppies.

Who It’s For

This African American Barbie doll and puppy set is for Barbie fans ages 3 years old and up. It would be fun for kids who enjoy playing with Barbie dolls, and love dogs, and puppies. Since the theme focuses on an animals giving birth, some parents may not think it's appropriate for their child while others will probably find it humorous. 

What To Be Aware Of

This set is also available with a blonde Caucasian Barbie instead of the African American Barbie doll. The dolls cannot stand on their own but they can bend at the knee, which puts them at the right height for helping to deliver the pups. The concept of the dog giving birth might seem a little strange to some people though it does not go too far into the miracle of puppy life or puppy birth. The three puppies kind of tumble out of the dog’s stomach when you press the top of the dog. To have the dog give birth to the puppies again, simply press the dog again to open the compartment underneath the dog, and put the puppies back in. Ice cold water opens their eyes, and reveals a colored heart to signify the sex of each pup. Rubbing the puppies eyes with very warm water causes their eyes to close again. 

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy