Just came across this on Kickstarter, and I wanted to share this with you right away, because they still need a lot more pledges. (Admittedly, they’ve got 24 days, but the sooner the better, yeah?)
The Kickstarter is to get a new line of dolls called Royelles, to help combat the negative body image that current fashion dolls can contribute to. (Let’s be honest, though: Hollywood plays an enormous role in the negative body issues plaguing young girls. I didn’t need a Barbie to teach me my body wasn’t acceptable to the people around me, because I watched television and went to see movies. By the time my mother relented and let me have a Barbie, all my issues were already set in stone.)
These are some really great-looking dolls, very different from anything available on the affordable side of the market (some OOAK artist dolls do have a similar aesthetic, though), and I’d love to see these succeed and reach children. The photos are all of their 3D printed prototypes, and it looks like the prototypes should make a smooth transition to their finished material. (Some sort of plastic, I’m assuming, but if they said which type, I missed it.) From the photos of people holding the prototypes, I’d say they’re probably about 18″ tall, rather than the more typical 12″ for playline fashion dolls, but the extra height gives them a lot of room for added personality.
So, please check them out, and support them if you like what you see. 🙂