Busty Barbie Doll: Outrage caused, but no Recall yet

 

By Posted 25 May 2010, 08:18

It has been reported that a new Barbie doll in the U.S is causing outrage amongst parents in the U.S, over the fact that the doll features a low cut dress and a visible cleavage.

As reported from WPTV, the new doll is available in retailers across the U.S, with Target a confirmed supplier of the dolls.

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One parent had this to say on the new dolls: “I doubt my daughter will have it, and I don’t want her to think she has to be a busty Barbie who’s constantly wearing heels in low cut shirts.”

But what are your thoughts on it? Of course there is the arguement that the doll does not provide a suitable learning curve for young girls, but is it really a potential recall problem?

Target has stated that they will continue to sell the new busty dolls, but Mattel, the manufacturer of the dolls was unavailable for comment on the matter.

Give us your thoughts on this story.

  • im a mother 2

    I think its rediculous that parents are complaining about this. I was born in 1983 and the boobs on my barbies were twice the size of the barbies being sold now. If you dont want your child to be influenced by the doll, dont buy it. but dont act shocked cuz you know your barbies had bigger boobs too. come on now.

    • BarbieBS

      I agree! This is the most ridiculous story I have ever seen! Get a life, it is a doll. If you don't want your child to have the doll don't buy the doll.

  • Pixie

    It's not too revealing if there's no nip slip!

  • Sandy

    Not a very positive self image Mattel is giving to young girls but the bottom line is that as a parent you are the one that has control of what lands in your kids toybox. Don't buy it! My daughter will not be receiving this one. The size of the boobs really isn't the issue because all women come in different sizes, just not all of us show them off like this barbie does. Just because you have them doesnt mean that you have to put them on display.

  • Annoyed

    If it weren't for the low cut shirt, no one would think twice about the rack on this new doll. Barbies have always had boobs, nothings changed. Girls are going to come across "womens curves" everywhere; just turn on the TV or open a magazine. They have just as much of an impact on girls than a fricken barbie ever would. Stop being so dramatic and start showing your children how to feel good in their own skin, regardless of their "curves" or the curves they see else where. That's the bottom line here. Barbie can't do it for you.

  • Linz

    First Barbie's waist was "too tiny" and she encouraged an "unrealistic" body image, now her breasts are too big and her clothes are too revealing. So I guess Barbie has to have cellulite and rolls, and be an A-cup for people to be satisfied. It's a doll, people, a toy, get over it. If you don't like it, don't buy it for your children. Parents are relying on too many outside sources to influence how their children learn and develop instead of teaching them themselves, and they're too quick to point the finger. Newsflash people: Barbies aren't making your daughters anorexic, and video games aren't turning your sons into serial killers. Wake up and pay attention to your own kids!

  • My view….

    I was also born in 1983, but the new barbie literally looks like she had implants! And i do not remember my barbies having boobs 2x that size! Of course i will not buy the doll for my daughter, but i just dont understand why you would market a doll with a super short dress and a boob job? Where has all the class gone in America? Granted its up to the parents to either buy or pass – but what parent in their right mind would say that ok? At the age when a girl plays with barbies she should not be thinking about how short the dress is or how much cleavage she is showing…..Barbie used to set trends – not follow them.

  • goodgrief

    i agree with mother of 2. i had a superstar barbie in a dress with a slit up to her thigh and much more cleavage showing. i also had the famous malibu barbie who loved to show off tan lines. come on people! this barbie is clothed in the fashions of the times, just as all barbies have done. if you don't like it, don't buy it. if you want your daughters to have barbies, maybe you should crochet them a full length mu-muu, and make sure no skin is showing. gimme a break!

  • Brooke is smart

    thats dumb as hell. people should have more things to care about then the size of a dolls breasts. damn. its not even that serious.

  • writergirl

    I'm a naturally busty girl, a 36F, and my daughter probably will be, too. I think it's great that she will have a doll that mirrors that body image. Not everyone in the US has tiny boobs, and the people complaining about it are probably just jealous that they don't have them. Compared to the Barbies of the 1960s-1980s, the modern ones do look a bit flat. I think it would be great if Barbie reflected a variety of body types, instead of just one. Why so much emphasis on the body anyway? When I was eight all I cared about was her little clothes and Corvette.

  • glenn blackwell

    I have only seen this today, will buy one after work.

    Buy accident, I became a Barbie collector years ago.

    There was an idea to change the Barbie.

    Making her short, thick of waist, with a flat chest.

    So she would appear “more realistic”

    Little girls thought that doll was ugly, it did not sell.

    It was those parents with their dummy down standards.

    Realistic to them means lower the bar, don’t try so hard.

    Now, they are at it again.

  • rbe

    remember when they had the Skipper figure whose bust increased as you turned her arms?
    C'mon people, either dont buy them or shut up!

  • http://www.ethidolls.com Patti G

    Seeing this new Barbie is so very disappointing but not necessarily surprising. Although it supposedly wasn't designed for children, its placement in the doll/toy department is disingenuous. And that Mattel made her African-American…Is it possible that no one at Mattel found the product offensive, racist, denigrating or did no one care?
    It's important for all children to have dolls that look like them, especially those of African descent, as racial perceptions form early. It's also critical for children's products to promote self-esteem, not disparage it. To that end EthiDolls.com has created a line of authentic, storied dolls celebrating inspirational, historical female leaders from Africa. With their accompanying illustrated storybooks and audio books, these dolls send positive messages to all young girls. And the message: "You can be strong, courageous, accomplished". That's a message well worth sending.

  • crystal malone

    It's not the size of the boobs because they do come in all shapes and sizes. But it's the way they show them off with so much cleavage, that I thnk is wrong. Barbies are a big influence on young girls and dressing like that is not right for there young age, that gives the wrong impression for many sick people out there. That might get them hurt looking like that. But in the end it's your choice to buy or not to buy.

  • Jay

    First of all these Barbie Basic dolls are geared more towards the adult collector these are Black label dolls and it states that on the package with the description of the labels, the labels of the collector dolls range from Pink, Gold, Silver, Platinum and Black Label which these dolls fall under that category, obviously these people that post these stories don't do much research before posting such stories, as far as these dolls go there are total of 12 dolls in the Barbie Basic's line and they range from African American to Caucasian to Hispanic anybody that collect's Barbie or is familiar with Barbie would know this.
    These dolls are not for young kids and if I'm correct on the package there is an age range on the package and if anybody is not familiar with this type of doll go to the Mattel websitehttp://www.barbiecollector.com and educate yourself further before bashing Mattel or Barbie.

  • Rhonda

    The size of the boobs is no different than when I was a girl. The outfit maybe a bit sexy, but if you don't like it, don't buy it.. Geeeezzzz

  • bosscoffeecube

    I'm pretty sure Little Bo Peep had a bigger chest size than this Barbie did, parents are just becoming too sheltering to their children, then when they hit the real world it's like… AH!!

    Scary place!!! Run back to the parents!!! Just let them out of the closet for a bit so they can see what the world is really like…

  • Becky

    The fact is that this Barbie was in a toy aisle, not an adult aisle. Shame on Target and shame on Mattel. Children should be able to walk with innocence down a toy aisle without being bombarded with sexualized images. Barbie is great but cover cup for God's sake! If she had one more stitch, problem solved!

  • dollsaga

    the mothers who made complaints about Barbie probably have no idea their kids & their husbands spend 23 hours a day browsing porn sites. these mothers have dirty eyes but no brains.

  • Caroline

    Isn't the box on this one labeled that it is an "adult collectible", not a toy? I collect dolls and I have several of the fancier Barbies that have never come out of the box. If I owned this one, it would be in the same condition as when I bought it. I think this was the intended market for this doll. Recall it? Bosh. If mombies don't want their kids to have this doll, don't buy it. Simple, really.

  • Rachel

    If you have looked at the Barbie Basics line, it is obvious these dolls are collector dolls, it just so happens they are affordable individually, so a collector can purchase the entire collection of 12 dolls. The magnificent thing about this line of dolls is their varying appearance. If anything we should be celebrating Mattel's ability to create such a range of physical appearances and nationalities. I don't know any little girls that would rather play with a simply-black-dressed doll than one with a gown anyway. These are not for little girls, they are for collectors.

  • Kiara

    You people are all crazy. I think it is really just meant for barbie collectors not little two year olds anyway. And don't mothers have better things to do then browse the internet and making comments on a collectible?

    GET A GRIP!!!