Toy companies have faced a lot of negative flack regarding the realism their humanoid dolls lack. Larkable has compiled a list of dolls who represent the real world a little better which adults and children can appreciate equally.
HBO is set to release a series of collectible Game of Thrones action figures that are created to be very life-like. Based on what we’ve seen so far, they actually do aim to please. The set is based on Season 4 of the hit HBO show and will include Eddard Stark, Robb Stark, a White Walker, Tyrion Lannister, Sandor Clegane (“the Hound”), and Daenerys Targaryen with her dragons as the first round of releases in this Legacy Collection. These should at least make for a good start in your War-for-the-Throne reenactment.
Hypable reports we can expect to see Arya Stark, Robb Stark, and Jaime and Cersei Lannister added to this Legacy Collection later this year. You can pick up these GoT collectibles as soon as February 18th at Barnes and Noble.
Disgusted with how Mattel portrays girls in their Barbie line? The Mary Sue brought the artist Noel Cruz to attention with his remarkably lifelike representation of Katniss Everdeen. Noel Cruz takes dolls and repaints them to make them more realistic. Needless to say, his work in incredible. Not only did he fix her cheekbones and eyes, but he also thinned out her ridiculously thick braid. Once you see Katniss’s face as it actually is, the unrealistic features of the Barbie doll really pop out: see the unnaturally long neck.
Tony Stark is definitely not the featured doll in the above image; he is your average action figure. It would be the sad Keanu Reeves doll instead. The image is taken from a post by AV Club which has a hilarious image collection of sad Keanu Reeves posing with other action figures and sets. It’s funny and not funny at the same time, but we enjoyed it, so sad Keanu makes the ‘not your average barbie doll’ post.
Finally, while not exactly lifelike, it has to be admitted it’s not a typical Barbie (Ken) doll either. The new Tris and Four dolls have been introduced and they’re a little different than normal. Four actually has his ‘elaborate’ tattoos included. It’s something this writer doesn’t ever recall seeing on her various barbies…maybe excluding my Pocahontas doll. That toy companies can move forward to include this is awesome and we can consider it a step forward in cultural acceptance of those with body art. At the same time, we’re wondering how often did the toy makers expect Four’s shirt to be off?
The love of action figures and dolls are alive and well, and as we move into the twenty first century, it is incredibly refreshing to have toy manufacturers and artists address the social issues that not everyone should look a certain way. There are tons of different kinds of people out there and it’s perfectly OK to represent them in plastic. We look forward to where this trend takes us!