Tattoo Barbie - A Step Too Far?
Barbie has been around for over 50 years and many children have enjoyed having a barbie doll to play with along with the accouterments that go with barbie, whether that be the ranch, the kitchen etc. Kids have also always found it fun to dress up Barbie in the many outfits that she has on offer.
However, what seems like a bid to move with the times there have been two new Barbie editions released in the last few years that gave Barbie tattoos. The original tattoo Barbie (Totally Stylin' Tattoos Barbie) was released in 2009 and she had stick on tattoos - at the time this caused a bit of a fuss as parents were obviously not keen to instill in their children that tattoos were a good thing to have. However, at least those ones were removable.
Now, in 2011, there is a new Barbie that has inked on tattoos and parents everywhere are holding their heads in their hands and saying 'what next?' The doll is a special edition one that was designed by Tokidoki, which is a Milan fashion house with a penchant for Japanese Anime. So really for a price tag of around $50 it is not actually designed for the kids toy market, but more for collectors. When has that ever stopped the kids from wanting anything though?
Along with her permanent, inked on tattoos, this barbie also has pink hair and a dog called Bastardino (*shakes head and also thinks what next*).
Is Tattoo Barbie a Step Too Far?
So, the question is, is this tattooed Barbie just a sign of the times or is it a step too far? Should we be protecting our kids more from growing up too fast or should we be moving with the times and accepting what life is like in the 21st century?
I guess a lot of it depends on how you were brought up and also if you think that things like dolls do in fact influence our children's way of thinking?
Do you think that having a Tokidoki Barbie doll or even the earlier version with the stick on tattoos would make your child want a tattoo?
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Tattoo Barbie - Sold Out?
So only a limited number of the tattoo Barbie dolls have been made (over 7,000) as it is a limited edition collectors doll. It seems that these dolls were sold out very quickly with collectors trying to get their hands on one when they were first released.
However, it does seem that now there is more availability, whether this is from those who are selling on the dolls or from retailers who bought in bulk, and you can get hold of the tattoo Barbie on both Amazon and eBay - see listings below for information.
Tokidoki Tattoo Barbie Doll on Amazon
Totally Stylin' Tattoo Barbie
So if your kids have heard about the new Barbie with the inked on tattoos and want one, but obviously the price is a bit on the high side. And if you don't see any problem in them having a tattooed barbie doll then maybe the best bet is to get hold of the Totally Stylin' Barbie who has removable stick on tattoos.
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