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Nice find. I remember the handicapped Barbie set had a pretty decent chair as well. Would be a great addition to the deBarbified thread.
 

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I wish the Professor X chair was available as a stand alone offering.
 

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At least I can finally finish creating my 1:6 recuperating stripper diorama in an arm sling and wearing leg casts with her stripper outfit while resting comfortably in her wheel chair. The poor thing tried to do a complicated pole dancing routine, but ended up inadvertently throwing herself out of the stage.
 

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I am tempted to say, somewhat unkindly, that once again this Lammily Kickstarter guy reinvents the wheel (this time literally) by claiming this is "The only fashion doll sized wheelchair on the market." I suppose technically he is right in the immediate Winter 2018 market but there was the Barbie wheelchair Pontiacivan mentioned, quite nice, that was available at various times (google "Becky the School Photographer" or "Becky Share a Smile") and on our side of the hobby there were Professor X chairs, and an excellent retro wheelchair that I got loose and <probably> belonged to Roosevelt.
 

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When it comes to $, the bending and manipulation of facts and truths just to get our money is tried and true just like in politics, general business, etc.

Honesty, integrity, and just doing the right thing is seldom discussed and seen at times as of late. It's about public relations and projecting an image.
 

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Kind of an interesting story about Becky "Wheelchair Barbie" in the first place. Disability advocates took the opportunity to criticize Mattel on the basis that the door or elevator of the Barbie Dreamhouse couldn't fit the wheelchair. Mattel wasn't about to redesign the entirety of all Barbie world around the one wheelchair, and even if they had, there would still be bad PR because all the preexisting Dreamhouses didn't fit. The last version of Becky was a Paralympian athlete (which sidestepped the Dreamhouse issue), and then, Mattel abandoned her entirely.

Kind of an interesting story to debate. The disability advocates were right to seize the agenda as a way to draw attention towards necessary Accessibility issues. But in the result, they punished Mattel for making a gesture towards differently-abled inclusiveness, and it was disability advocates who caused the disabled Barbie to be discontinued. Whatcha gonna do.
 

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Kind of an interesting story about Becky "Wheelchair Barbie" in the first place. Disability advocates took the opportunity to criticize Mattel on the basis that the door or elevator of the Barbie Dreamhouse couldn't fit the wheelchair. Mattel wasn't about to redesign the entirety of all Barbie world around the one wheelchair, and even if they had, there would still be bad PR because all the preexisting Dreamhouses didn't fit. The last version of Becky was a Paralympian athlete (which sidestepped the Dreamhouse issue), and then, Mattel abandoned her entirely.

Kind of an interesting story to debate. The disability advocates were right to seize the agenda as a way to draw attention towards necessary Accessibility issues. But in the result, they punished Mattel for making a gesture towards differently-abled inclusiveness, and it was disability advocates who caused the disabled Barbie to be discontinued. Whatcha gonna do.
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Becky is a collector's item now?
 

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I am tempted to say, somewhat unkindly, that once again this Lammily Kickstarter guy reinvents the wheel (this time literally) by claiming this is "The only fashion doll sized wheelchair on the market." I suppose technically he is right in the immediate Winter 2018 market but there was the Barbie wheelchair Pontiacivan mentioned, quite nice, that was available at various times (google "Becky the School Photographer" or "Becky Share a Smile") and on our side of the hobby there were Professor X chairs, and an excellent retro wheelchair that I got loose and <probably> belonged to Roosevelt.
Actually if you look at their initial pitch for this wheelchair they acknowledge that it is the only one CURRENTLY on the market, and refer back to the Barbie one of the past. 1/6 scale ones don't count in this instance as they aren't marketed as toys, which this is. Personally I think the design of the Mattel one is superior as it's more realistic but I love the fact that they're branching out a bit in response to what some of their customers were asking for.
 

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What's next?

Amputee Barbie (Arm & Leg Variants)?

Paraplegic Barbie with accurate 1:6 crutches?

Adult Walker Barbie with accurate 1:6 walker?

Bi-Polar Barbie with two different head sculpts expressing different moods?

Opioid Barbie?

#MeToo Barbie?

In the grand scheme of things, I do believe at times there is always a bit of political correctness whether intentional or unintentional in such things.

Maybe try to do right thing, but it comes out the wrong way?

Given the recent discussions of Barbie items being utilized as 1:6 props, etc., I wonder how come such cool Barbie items always . . . always . . . always . . . end up with suck @$$ colors and the geniuses at Mattel either know it and don't care or they some peculiar rationale that explains the suck @$$ colors?
 

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The intention is fine, but the execution of the chair itself looks cheap and not structurally realistic. Most people envision a plain hospital type wheelchair, but in reality you can pimp them out just like anything else. My niece uses a wheelchair and has always had one with bright colours and wild patterns. From that perspective, I like that they’re not constricting it to a narrow view. Wheelchair users are part of society, why not reflect it?
 

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SO . . .

Becky is a collector's item now?
I passed on a Becky, at a local thrift store, that appeared new in package for $15. Kind of wish I grabbed it because the chair really is decent and worth debarbify-ing. I guess I felt guilty about what to do with the Becky doll afterward, though I am fairly sure she is a "normal" Barbie body and able to stand.

Sorry to hear about the stripper accident. Is it possible you mis calculated the scale conversion on the pole and threw her off? Lol.

MoonBaseAlphaMale: It's interesting to note that Mattel tried to do the right thing and be inclusive of kids in wheelchairs, then took flack for "accessibility " issues. It's hard when an issue is so personal ( especially with a parent ) to see where the practical limits for the rest of the world are. As a person with bi-polar I could easily take offense over DFC's hypothetical "bi-polar Barbie" or Katy Perry's "Love Bi-Polar" lyric, when in fact, i am able to see the humor in it. There's nothing personally aimed at me about either one.
To bad for parents, since I'm sure Mattel would make some of the Barbies DFC postulated, if not for fear of reprisal.
Mattel was embrassing, not attacking handicapped children. Still, emotions run high
 

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The intention is fine, but the execution of the chair itself looks cheap and not structurally realistic. Most people envision a plain hospital type wheelchair, but in reality you can pimp them out just like anything else. My niece uses a wheelchair and has always had one with bright colours and wild patterns. From that perspective, I like that they're not constricting it to a narrow view. Wheelchair users are part of society, why not reflect it?
So true....and if it's not the color one wants, then re-paint it......pretty simple solution.....no need to freak out over it....
 

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I passed on a Becky, at a local thrift store, that appeared new in package for $15. Kind of wish I grabbed it because the chair really is decent and worth debarbify-ing. I guess I felt guilty about what to do with the Becky doll afterward, though I am fairly sure she is a "normal" Barbie body and able to stand.

Sorry to hear about the stripper accident. Is it possible you mis calculated the scale conversion on the pole and threw her off? Lol.

MoonBaseAlphaMale: It's interesting to note that Mattel tried to do the right thing and be inclusive of kids in wheelchairs, then took flack for "accessibility " issues. It's hard when an issue is so personal ( especially with a parent ) to see where the practical limits for the rest of the world are. As a person with bi-polar I could easily take offense over DFC's hypothetical "bi-polar Barbie" or Katy Perry's "Love Bi-Polar" lyric, when in fact, i am able to see the humor in it. There's nothing personally aimed at me about either one.
To bad for parents, since I'm sure Mattel would make some of the Barbies DFC postulated, if not for fear of reprisal.
Mattel was embrassing, not attacking handicapped children. Still, emotions run high
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You mean Becky CAN STAND? Praise the Lord! Our prayers have been answered! She can stand! It's a miracle! Can I get an AMEN?

;) :p

Thank you for understanding the context and intent of my post (i.e. absurdist humor, etc.) and not take personal offense to it.

I was confined to crutches and wheelchairs in my childhood in my early teen years due to an accident from childhood. If someone else posted what I did, I too could have easily taken offense, but comprehending the humor context and intent I wouldn't.

I'm Asian, so I could take the path of least resistance and be offended by humorous 1:6 stereotypical posts about culture and ethnicity. However, I don't.

Excuse me. I need to go open up some new Asian female seamless figures. I'll open up some more after half an hour. I'm working on a 1:6 Asian buffet diorama.
 

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You mean Becky CAN STAND? Praise the Lord! Our prayers have been answered! She can stand! It's a miracle! Can I get an AMEN?

;) :p

Thank you for understanding the context and intent of my post (i.e. absurdist humor, etc.) and not take personal offense to it.

I was confined to crutches and wheelchairs in my childhood in my early teen years due to an accident from childhood. If someone else posted what I did, I too could have easily taken offense, but comprehending the humor context and intent I wouldn't.

I'm Asian, so I could take the path of least resistance and be offended by humorous 1:6 stereotypical posts about culture and ethnicity. However, I don't.

Excuse me. I need to go open up some new Asian female seamless figures. I'll open up some more after half an hour. I'm working on a 1:6 Asian buffet diorama.
I always look at humor for what it is. I have more difficulty with people who have never been diagnosed claiming to have bi-polar to justify being a jerk. It gives people with the condition a bad rap. There is a LOT more to being diagnosed than having mood swings.

Anyway, speaking of Asian Buffets, I suggest grabbing a Force Awakens or Last Jedi Mark Hamill and do a Sushi Girl diorama! :rolling
 

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So true....and if it's not the color one wants, then re-paint it......pretty simple solution.....no need to freak out over it....
Well, that's totally true in principle if you're just going to put it in a display case. But using something like a wheelchair for play or photo purposes has a lot of scratch and chip opportunities, so it's only natural to wish you could start off with something relatively acceptable natively. Someone with experience doing what we're now calling "DeBarbiefying" should immediately understand how frustrating it is to have so much unique stuff, often well made, but everything is violet and pink. In the real world, how many pink and violet cars, houses and airplanes did you see today?
 

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In the real world, how many pink and violet cars, houses and airplanes did you see today?
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In my old neighborhood (middle class area), a resident painted their house purple/violet/pink.

I $%^& you not. It caused a ruckus with the neighborhood association. I was a teen when this happened. At the time, I heard litigation was involved and it lasted a year. Afterwards, the house was painted green.

Then again . . . why are there purple/violet/pink lingerie colors? Not that it matters, but it's one of those things that make you go HMMM . . . or other.
 

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Wheelchair users are part of society, why not reflect it?
Exactly! Other than being good representation, a wheelchair is a fun accessory to have!

I'm totally with you all on the pink front though. I remember even as a child in the 90s being really put off by Barbie as just about everything was pink or frilly or overtly 'girly' and in fact the only doll I actually kept from my childhood was a gymnast one and that was purely because she was poseable enough to ride her horse!
I'd have absolutely adored the current Barbie range had they been around at that time as there's been a definite shift away from all things pink and sparkly in recent years. Pink is still the Barbie colour of course, but accessories and outfits seem to be far more realistic these days which is a welcome change.
 
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