--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.
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..
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.
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.--
SO . . .
Becky is a collector's item now?
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....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?
--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
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.--
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?
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.
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?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....
--In the real world, how many pink and violet cars, houses and airplanes did you see today?
Exactly! Other than being good representation, a wheelchair is a fun accessory to have!Wheelchair users are part of society, why not reflect it?