During a trip to Toys R Us recently, I happened down the Barbie aisle and discovered this monstrosity.
That’s right, that’s a pre-packaged Barbie head. It is an accessory to the Barbie Fashionista Swappin’ Styles line. The promo in the store was that now the Barbies can swap looks because you can remove the head of one Fashionista and put it on the other. Additional heads for additional looks sold separately!
Wait. What? I’m so confused about this. Am I missing something? Barbie always COULD swap fashion with other Barbie dolls. You can take the clothes off one Barbie and put them on another. Why on earth does she need to switch heads to switch looks? As far as I can tell from the pictures, you can still remove the Fashionista’s clothes so they could easily swap outfits without swapping heads.
It’s just so morbid to purposefully remove a doll’s head. This doll encourages kids to decapitate their Barbies! As if there weren’t enough Barbie’s whose heads popped off accidentally, here comes a Barbie whose head comes off on purpose. It’s so sadistic. And kind of hilarious.
While it is true the extra heads have different hairstyles and make-up than the original dolls, the fact that you have to DECAPITATE A DOLL totally negates any benefit that may have. And really, you can get a different hairstyle or make-up on the doll by either styling their hair yourself or just choosing another doll you have sitting around.
Maybe there’s the benefit of a cheaper price? I didn’t look at the price of the head in the store, but on Amazon it costs as much as an entire Fashionista doll– $16+!
I don’t get it.
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