Barbie may be over 50 years old but she continues to be a top gift pick for girls as young as 3 years old. However, some moms don’t let their kids play with them, citing her unrealistic and impossible proportions as a bad influence on their children’s body image. However, one designer seeks to create and mass produce a more realistic “Barbie” doll. Would you be inclined to purchase a Lammily?
Nickolay Lamm is the designer behind the Lammily, a doll with more realistic proportions than her flashy counterpart. Not only is she shaped more like the average woman, but she has articulated wrists, knees, elbows and feet. Having a jointed doll will allow for more realistic play than a traditional Barbie doll is able to offer, which makes them more like an action figure than a fashion doll.
I think it’s great. I don’t have a huge problem with Barbie dolls myself, but I love how the Lammily can be played with more realistically. My 4-year-old likes the few Barbies she has well enough, but she mostly strips them naked and then puts more clothes on. They don’t really “do” anything, which I suspect is the premise behind the concept of a fashion doll — after all, children enjoy dressing (and undressing) things. But how awesome is it to have a doll you can not only dress up but have fight dragons, play soccer and climb the sail of a pirate ship? My girl would love all of these things.
And I think having a toy with a more realistic body image to share with our kids is always a good thing. They are bombarded enough with media that isn’t always body positive, so this is a step in the right direction.
Lamm has established a crowdfunding campaign to back his project, and you can learn more about Lammily and get in on the action to help this doll become a reality.