The Barbie Fashionistas doll line has been all about diversity - in skin tones and body types. Now it's including people with disabilities in the lineup through its Barbie Fashionistas with Wheelchair doll.
A wheelchair has actually been one of the most requested accessories from Barbie fans, and both the Caucasian and African-American version of the doll sit in a blue wheelchair that has real rolling wheels. Mattel worked with UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and wheelchair experts to design the wheelchair. It's modeled after a wheelchair that is designed for an individual with a permanent physical disability. A clip keeps the doll in place while sitting in the wheelchair, and there are even brakes that stop the wheels from rolling. A pink wheelchair ramp is included for easier access into the Barbie Dreamhouse, for example.
Because this is a part of the Fashionistas line, the dolls, of course, wear a stylish outfit of blue jeans, white sneakers, and a white top with colorful stripes. A yellow watch and sunglasses complete the look.
The doll is actually very poseable, with moving arms, elbows, wrists, torso, legs, knees, and ankles. The ankle movement makes it easier to position the doll's feet on the wheelchair's footrest.
This definitely offers more diversity, and allows another group of Barbie fans to see themselves represented through Barbie. The poseability and wheelchair movement offer lots of playability for kids. And through playing with this doll, kids can see that there's nothing wrong with people who have disabilities.
The Barbie Fashionistas Wheelchair doll is for ages 3 and up.
Another inclusive doll this year is the Barbie Fashionistas with Prosthetic Leg doll, sold separately.
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