Monday, September 29, 2008

Muslim "Barbie" Dolls

If you're like me, I'm sure you want to know all about the different unique "Barbie style" dolls that are available in the world. I find it fascinating. I learned about these dolls a few years ago....Razanne dolls. I believe she was the first Muslim doll available. As you can see by the packaging and stiff pose, she looks pretty "low rent". I read that the plastic of her body wasn't the greatest quality either.

Then came Fulla, which means flower. The packaging looks a lot more like Barbie packaging.

And now there's Salma, which means peace. Salma is manufactured in Indonesia, where I noticed a lot more Barbies are manufactured recently. It's no wonder that Salma looks identical to a Barbie. They probably used the same mold. She is by far the most appealing looking doll of the group, and her clothes look more finely crafted.

Here's a photo of them being dressed in Indonesia where they're made. I have to admit, the outfits are really cute!

You can see in the lower left-hand corner of this shot that the undressed dolls seem to have the more "belly button" bodies of modern Barbies. In my opinion, that body style is by far the most appealing style to shape a doll as.

You know, Mattel should have come out with a Muslim Barbie when Razanne first hit the scene.......because now it's too late. I read that under Muslim law, copyrights mean absolutely nothing. It'll be interesting to see what comes of this. It's a shame....because these Salma dolls are really cute! (Not like "Brats" which I think were ugly to begin with.....and if you wanted to change their shoes you had to take their whole FOOT off!)

1 comment:

mary said...

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Apparently they can make the heads in many scales to fit Barbie-like dolls, Tonner dolls or even smaller figurines like Polly Pocket.