Barbie and Ken Fashionistas & Barbie Chelsea Wheelchair Dolls Review
In 2019, Mattel introduced its first Barbie doll in a wheelchair. This year, the Barbie Fashionistas line expands to include an African-American Barbie in a wheelchair and a Ken doll in a wheelchair. Barbie Fashionistas doll 166 wears a rainbow-striped dress with a white fanny pack and white sneakers. She wears heart-shaped sunglasses pulled back in her long, crimped hair. The blonde Ken doll, number 167, wears a tie-dyed tank top, denim shorts, and white sneakers. He also comes with silver sunglasses. Both of these dolls feature 22 points of articulation to play out all kinds of motion in and out of the wheelchair. Both of the wheelchairs have real rolling wheels, a working brake, and a ramp that can be used with the Barbie Dreamhouse. The doll clip in each chair holds the dolls in place as you roll them around.
The Barbie Chelsea line also introduces dolls with wheelchairs. Available in both brown hair and blonde hair, these Chelsea dolls wear a molded top with a puppy graphic and a removable heart-patterned skirt. The dolls wear white sneakers and accessorize with pink heart-shaped sunglasses. Their wheelchairs have rolling wheels, working brakes, a doll clip, and a ramp. Plus, there’s a sheet of stickers that kids can use to decorate the ramp, chair, or whatever they want. These dolls don’t have as much poseability as the Barbie Fashionistas, but you can still move their heads, arms, legs, and knees.
Should I get it?
We like the diversity of the Barbie Fashionistas line, from showcasing different body types and skin tones to different disabilities. And it’s also nice to see kids in wheelchairs represented through the Barbie Chelsea line of dolls. These dolls let all kids see themselves represented through Barbie. Mattel has done a great job with these dolls, offering realistic features, lots of poseability, and fun fashions.