Thursday, May 25, 2006

DONTCHA WISH YOUR BARBIE WAS HOT LIKE ME?

You can see why Hasbro would have wanted to market these - they're the dolls based on the Pussycat Dolls. Dolls based on people based on dolls; mirrors within mirrors. Christmas postmodern paydays.

Trouble is, even parents who have been happy to give their kids the borderline-hooker Bratz dolls thought this was going a little far. Hasbro are now scrapping their plans:

Modeled on the all-girl cabaret act turned pop singers, the dolls, in teeny mini-skirts and lacy tops, were as scantily-clad as the real-life act.

In a statement, Hasbro acknowledged that the image of the pop group "focused on a much older target than we had anticipated at the time of our original discussions." To move forward, the company said, would be "inappropriate."


You'll note that Hasbro were in discussions to make the dolls before the band had finished their marketing plan, never mind released a single, of course.