08/18/2011

Royal dolls give the evil eye

New dolls

If it weren’t for the red uniform and lace-covered dress, you might be hard pressed to identify this couple as William and Catherine.

Not sure what it is with this pair, but doll designers must have a unconscious streak of nastiness when they sit down to carve their royal features.

Arklu seems to have at least recognized this absurdity in their artistry and is unveiling their royal wedding dolls today using descriptives like “delightfully kitsch” and “a touch eccentric.”

Paradise galleries The toy company is selling this pair for about $160 (Canadian), with a small portion going to Britian’s search-and-rescue service.

William seems especially cursed by the toy companies, and this Arklu version looks downright evil with its arched eyebrows, though the hair flatters him.

Kate appears to a suffered some sort of scalp injury, but at least the smile on her rather oversized head gives her away. And what's going on with those eyes?

Barbie and Ken they ain't.

Of course, this is not the only questionable version of the wedded couple. Paradise Galleries has a $200 version (right), that also falls into the vaguely creepy category.

Arklu says their dolls’ look combines “British craftsmanship and cutting-edge modernity for a truly authentic British look.”

With a little British humour thrown in, we hope.

 

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In the Arklu version, William has a constipated look on his face and Kate has bighead syndrome happening.

This manufacturer should re-think mass production of these dolls.

The fact that only £1 from the £100 price of each pair of dolls sold is going to the stated charity is a gross insult and clearly just a sleazy marketing trick. But people are stupid, and are more likely to buy an item if a portion of proceeds is going to charity, even if that portion is only 1% of the price. If companies were forced by law to clearly state on the packaging not only the cash amount but the actual percentage of the price going to charity, people might finally realize that the "portion of proceeds" claims are simply deceptive marketing practices. If you really want to help a charity, donate the entire price you were willing to pay for that item, directly to the charity itself.

This reminds me of the Estelle Costanza doll. It's incredibly creepy and unnecessary.

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