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Monday, July 3, 2017

On the Pussycat Dolls

Dolls that don't make the cut fascinate me, so today I want to briefly discuss the Pussycat Dolls.  No, not that stupid band; Lordy, I hate that "Don't Cha" song.  No, this is a doll line that was based on said stupid band, a line that was almost produced by Hasbro.  For those who may need a refresher, here's what the band looks like.
I never thought I'd say this, but the Spice Girls are actually sort of tame in comparison!  Now let's take a look at the dolls.
The prototypes have pretty faces...prettier than the actual girls, I think!  Anywho, from what I've read these dolls were supposed to be released in 2006, and I think they were intended to compete with the Bratz and My Scene Barbie.  If they'd been released I think they'd have at least moderately successful as they fit into the then thriving trend of pouting dolls in uber-trendy clothes in varying degrees of tackiness.  However, a wave of controversy hit before production even started and Hasbro ended up axing the line.  CNN even derided the idea, listing the dolls on the year's list of 101 dumb business moves

Parents and watchdog groups can be meddlesome at times, but I can't say that I blame them for feeling uncomfortable with a line like this.  The Pussycat Dolls are hardly what any right-minded mama or daddy would call good role models.  The thing of it is this:  big-name toy companies have released other dolls in the likeness of other trampy musicians and the dolls have been a hit.  I've seen dolls done up like Jennifer Lopez (whom I loathe), Destiny's Child, Brittany Spears, Christina Aguilera, and the Spice Girls, and I don't remember those dolls causing that big of a flack.  Okay, I'll admit that Brittany Spears was still in her cutesy "Hit Me Baby One More Time" phase and Beyonce Knowles wasn't prancing around half-naked singing about "who rules this mutha" when the dolls in their likeness were produced, but I think y'all get the point.  The world was full of scantily-clad dolls back then, so what was one more?  The Bratz were capable of looking like little bimbos and generated a good deal of their own controversy, and they still sold like hot cakes!

My personal take is a bit hypocritical, because I feel a bit conflicted about it all.  Probably if I were a mother my feelings would be more against these dolls; I certainly wouldn't encourage a child to listen to that drivel that the band calls music, that much is certain.  But when I was a little kid I rarely paid attention to themes or brands, focusing instead on a doll's smile or eyes or hair.  Indeed, I remember wanting (and receiving) a doll based on a character from...I thought it was a Beverly Hills 90210 doll, but my online search was fruitless so maybe it was some other television show.  Either way I remember wanting her because I liked the way her hair stuck out from her helmet (she was an equestrian).  I was entirely too young to be a fan of whatever show it was; I was six and more into cartoons than live-action TV, but that doll called to me and Daddy didn't argue my reasoning.  My point is that a lot of kids (or the ones I know, at least) are still too innocent to know whether something is inappropriate or not; they see a pretty face or a particular hair color and that's what they want.  If they're anything like my sister the doll's clothes will be coming off anyway, so no worries about indecent outfits.

What do y'all think?  Stupid idea on Hasbro's part, or no worse than the Bratz?

Much love,


  1. I never heard of this almost line! I don't really like the doll design and during the Bratz golden era they wouldn't have shined.

    1. Good point; no doll could even touch the Bratz during their heyday. Even LIV couldn't, and I thought those were epic.

    2. LIV dolls were great, but the clothing past the first or second wave seemed to have no relation to what was fashionable at the time. Granted, I was busier raising kids than reading fashion mags, but I don't recall seeing a lot of stuff out there like what the LIV dolls wore.

      Of all the female singers you mentioned, none of them were ever really great role models, but the (real-life) girls above look like they're ready to work the pole. Plus just the name alone of their band is... problematic.

    3. Good point, the Pussycat Dolls definitely look more risqué at first glance. At least Destiny's Child tried to look semi-decent during the early days.

      I'm biased towards the LIV dolls because up until the last few waves they had great posing and switchable wigs, but it's true that they weren't super-duper fashionable like Barbie. Miss Emily thinks that the main problem with the LIV dolls was that they all looked similar; all the Daniela dolls looked alike and so forth. Judging from how Bratz and Monster High dolls vary from wave to wave, I think her judgement has at least one leg to stand on.

  2. You are right, the dolls actually look cuter than the actual band! They do look like they should be on stripper poles! That being said, I never have been a fan of the Bratz dolls as I don't like their big heads, their body proportions or their feet. These dolls don't look like that had any articulation, so I don't know if I would have purchased them.

    1. LOL, I've heard from quite a few who aren't big Bratz fans this week! Not good because my last review was a Bratz doll! Barb makes a good point above; the Bratz were so big once that these Pussycat Dolls likely would not have found an audience anyway. As for me myself, the articulation and the clothes may have been deal breakers. If a doll can't share clothes with any other doll that's usually what influences my decision.

  3. LOL, another not-Bratz fan here. Their heads are too big; their noses barely exist. Over-sized eyes and lips don't help. Some of the Bratz accessories, though, are nice. The furniture, vehicles, and even some of their clothes. I sometimes read reviews on dolls I don't collect. The writer might change my mind ;-)

    I thought that "Don't Cha" song was catchy. It kept popping up at the time. But I was not a Pussycat Dolls fan. I thought that they strained the skank vibe to the point where they were almost laughable. Like they read a book titled, "Every Ho Meme" and then copied from that. So I wasn't surprised that they didn't get made into play scale dolls as the Kardashians did not (become fashion dolls). Shrug.

    I have a Brittany Spears, a Christina Aguilera, two of The Spice Girls, and Beyoncé dolls somewhere. I have two of The Wanted guys and one from One Direction. I know I have liked songs by Brittany Spears and The Spice Girls. Possibly one or two songs by Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera. I could pass on what I recognize as Jennifer Lopez's songs. But I would someday like to get a Jennifer Lopez doll. I like to have different faces so I'm getting a new character. I have heard The Wanted's songs described as sleazy, but I haven't heard them myself - too lazy to look them up online. And as I mentioned, they become new people once they reach my greedy hands, lol.

    I checked for a review of the 90210 dolls. I'm not familiar with the stories in that series so I don't know if that's the show you recall. The only equestrian-themed dolls I recall are National Velvet and Breyer doll-horse sets.

    1. LOL, you've got to admit that the Bratz are/were no gray area! Peeps either love them or hate them. You hit the "Every Homes Meme" thing right on the head though; some pop musicians know when to tone it down and be serious, but as far as I know the Pussycat Dolls don't.

      Glad I'm not the only one who renames celebrity dolls; my Beyoncé doll really is pretty, and she deserved to stay in the collection...but that name HAD TO GO!!! Strangely, my Shakira doll is still Shakira. Go figure on that one, LOL!

      My poor little jockey doll of yore may go unidentified for a loooooong while. I remember that she was some sort of character from some TV show, but I struck out on "90210," "Saved by the Bell," AND "Full House!" I remember that her hair was dark, and that she came with a little yellow trophy, and she would've been maybe a little too big for a Breyer horse, but not ridiculously so. I always look forward to your comments, D7ana!