What’s a Bavatarbie? It’s a barbie you use as your Avatar. It’s the doll you pretend is YOU when you play.
The first step toward playing with barbies is to get yourself a doll that you love. One that you love becoming each time you play.
If you are an adult, the doll can look almost any way you choose. You could choose to be Lucille Ball, Halle Berry or Joan Jett. You could choose a male doll even though you are a woman. You could choose a female doll even though you are a man. The possibilities are endless.
The possibilites at Target or Toys R Us right this minute, are pretty limited. For this reason, I have tried to do profiles of all the diversity that is possible by showcasing Asian dolls and other variations including Indian and Arab Muslim. I plan in the future to showcase Latinos, full-figured dolls and LGBTs.
If you are getting a doll for a child for whom you will be the Barbie-Playing-Mentor I recommend seeking a doll that will help that child celebrate their own beauty and uniqueness. In other words, try to get a doll that looks like the child.
One World Dolls, makes a line of dolls called the Prettie Girls. The dolls are four different shades of brown. They work well with barbie-sized clothes, cars, homes, food, etc.
Much like my daughter, SIS Trichelle has light brown skin and curly dark hair. Trichelle doesn’t have beautiful Ebony eyes like my daughter, but hey, that’s what Sharpies are for
Be relentless in your pursuit of the primary doll in any collection you are helping to build.
Check online sites for collector’s dolls that you can de-box and change into some jeans. Mattel’s Celebrity Dolls often have the most interesting face and head shapes. I was able to use a Barbra Streisand head to approximate my own head.
Don’t be afraid to cut their hair and re-style it.
You should definitely check out eBay as well, since there is a thriving second-hand barbie market on eBay and you can save substantial money buying dolls there.
Simply put in “AA Barbie” if you are looking for a brown-skinned doll or “Red Hair Barbie” or any other combination of attributes.
If you find that a vintage doll would be a great Bavatarbie for someone, be willing to spend the two to three times what you would spend for the standard, stock choices at the local toy store. (Around $30)
If you are blessed with a supremely unique child, consider purchasing or even commissioning a supremely unique Bavatarbie from an OOAK artist.
As your collection grows you might find yourself playing with different dolls all the time. Soon, the degree to which a single doll represents you, or your child, as your Bavatarbie will become less important.
In the beginning though, I believe it is essential that you have interesting dolls (not BBBBarbies) that suggest complex personalities because interesting “people” inspire interesting scenarios.