it's not significantly different in navigating the concept of gender than Lego is,
Female minifigures usually have torsos with visible hips (Jasmine from the last line of LEGO Disney Minifigures is particularly ridiculous in this regard). Male and female minidolls are... obviously not the same (for some reason, there's a second more buff male minidoll body but not a second female minidoll body).
But dolls are a locus of a lot of concern for little girls and body image and gender-typing toys that shape gender roles and all the various other things
There are now 5 Barbie body types (petite, curvy, original, petite/smaller bust size, tall/smaller bust size), and a multitude of different appearances. I mean, i understand leveling this complaint against L.O.L. OMG dolls, who would make racy instagram models blush, but we actually already have this. Next year, Barbie will be a boxer for possibly the first time ever? Barbie.
That's along with vet and tennis player, plus a set that'll feature her as a Doctor, Violin player, construction worker, pilot, chef and.... tennis player (Barbie must really like tennis). A few years ago, we had tennis Barbie and computer coder Barbie.
especially when the dolls seem reasonably well executed and ought to be able to compete on their own merits in that regard
Doll-lines featuring "real" kids that don't approach the American Girl or similar size never last long, and I think even Mattel knows that.
I mentioned Curvy Girls on the last page, and I kind of saw my error in that a few hours after I did it. Curvy Girls as a line exists based on a claim that the Curvy Barbie is not curvy enough, and that she needs to be even bigger. It's this central argument I disagree with. Regardless of the body-positivity movement, I don't think advertising a size that is not healthy as what dolls suddenly need is a good idea. I have no objections over their inclusion of a trans character.
Okay, now to get to the meat of it. If necessary, I will move this part of my post into P&R, or delete it wholesale.
Edited by fourteenwings, 03 October 2019 - 12:10 AM.