Reviews Toys for Girls Ty Girlz
Girlz, manufactured by Ty Inc.; Recomended age 3+, handmade in
China, average retail price $10.99.
The 14", soft-sculpt Ty Girlz are next in line behind the
widely popular Webkins,
Shining Stars, and their own Beanie Babies 2.0.
A real positive
is the fact that Ty believes a child's toy, be it pal or pet,
should never expire. Kudos to Ty for not ending the online interactive
experience in a year, like other online interactive plush toys.
also tried to maintain a reasonable price; allowing kids the opportunity
to purchase the products with their own money. Ty, Inc., a leader
in plush toys, was founded in 1986 by Ty Warner, creator of the
widely popular Beanie Babies.
goal here was to create an incomparable, one-of-a-kind doll without
using plastic, vinyl or injection molds. The plush are said to
be 100% handmade with super-soft fabric. Ty Warner, Chairman and
CEO, believes that what makes these Girlz even more extraordinary
is the virtual world that has been developed for them to interact
safely with others from around the world.
comes with an individual scratch-off secret code which enables
the child to unlock the
3-D virtual world . Here girls can chat, play games, listen
to music and just "hang out" in a forum that's both
fun and safe for kids. As with other online interactive plush
toys you can earn virtual currency to buy things for your doll.
While online the girls can travel the world from Rome to Cairo,
in search of more clothes. I would love if somewhere along the
way they stopped and read a book.
Ty Girlz are
dressed in, what is said to be, the latest trend-setting fashions;
I am not sure that these are outfits most moms would like their
young girls to wish for. The clothes can be mixed and matched,
and additional outfits purchased. Each "accessory pack"
comes with a scratch off code so that the doll can wear that particular
outfit online as well as in real life, a nice touch. Each outfit
is completed with complimentary earrings, necklaces and bracelets,
lots of large, brash bling.
Ty Girlz have
soft, easy to brush hair that can be styled into different looks;
it's long enough for pony tails or braids. Each doll's clothes,
hair and makeup are coordinated in its own monochromatic signature
color; yes purple hair and makeup.
has again proven that he is a marketing genius by tapping into
this very lucrative market and adding a twist. He has also shown
time and again that giving back is smart business for the soul
as well as the bank account. These dolls, however well intended,
just send the absolute wrong message to our future female leaders.
Young, impressionable tweens should be given the option to travel,
explore, and learn, as well as shop, talk on the phone, and "get
age is tween girls but as is often the case it is the younger
than tween scene who really want them, the 6, 7, 8, and 9 year
olds. With their shocking, unnatural color hair and provocative
outfits, they aren't exactly a visually wholesome plaything. Some
moms may think the dolls look a bit too Bratz-like, although the
online interactive versions of the dolls tone down the exaggerated
eyes and lips a bit.
It is hard
for even the most accepting Mom to get past the belly button bling,
too short skirts, barely there tops, extremely high heels, and
Sizzlin' Sue, Lovely Lola, and Sassy
Star; to name a few. Lest we forget that they have the added bonus
of hand sewn cleavage.
all ages learn through imaginary play. The question is what are
they learning? What is the message of expectation for the potential
of the young women who will nurture the modern world? There are
better options out there. What about promoting dolls for smart
girls of substance with a knack for style? That would be a toy
that kids and moms could feel good about and have fun with.
the Author: Mary Rose is a Mommy, a writer and an early childhood
educator who believes in learning through play and the value of