...Yes, from the mysterious outline, the little gal known for her bowl cut and talking backpack appeared to have sexed up quite considerably between the ages of six-ish and 10-ish, with tons of long, flowing hair and a micromini.I'm wondering if this was all a marketing ploy. Or if Mattel and Nickelodeon responded to the outrage. Maybe the truth is somewhere in the middle...
But now the kids' channel and toy company have assuaged the masses with a fully detailed rendering of the doll (pictured), complete with tunic and leggings. Turns out that's a long shirt as opposed to a short dress. Phew. (Her hair really is fabulous, but a girl can't help what she's got, can she?) Furthermore, the corporate powers reassure us that our gal (who connects to a computer USB port for interactive games) "will expand into the world of solving mysteries that have overt and relatable pro-social themes -- like volunteerism, water conservation, or planting trees to help the environment..."
Still seems to me that the New Dora looks a lot less like a real child of the given age than Original Dora does. And she's lost a lot of weight in those four years. Thinking about my nieces, who are almost 10 and recently 7, it does seem that the older is significantly skinnier than the younger, but the 7 year old has much bigger eyes, in proportion to the rest of her features, not the 10 year old.
New Dora may not be a Bratz doll, but she is certainly much more in that direction than I would have hoped. Can't see too many 10 year old boys wanting to be seen playing with the New Dora, can you?
Sombrero tipped to The Glorious T for yet another brilliant email tip-off via Facebook :-)