Dora is getting a make-over. Who cares most of you are thinking right? I think the “new” Dora is just as cute as can be. I love the new look of her. But it doesn’t seem like it’s really her. I mean, she didn’t even “grow.” She just seemed to age overnight.
I like Dora and I’m glad she was her old self when Trinity was little. Even Bailey and Christopher liked to watch her show. I’m not sure it was even just a “girls” show. I think boys liked all her “exploring” and adventures also. All I know is we’ve had everything Dora. From shoes, and dinnerware, pajama’s and clothes, dolls and toys and coloring books. If it had Dora on it, I bought it.
I know they do this on soap opera’s and tv shows too. They just age a character or replace them all together. I’m not a big fan of change and I’ll be the first to admit that but I wonder how you change a character like this who’s so “big.”
I showed this clipping to Trinity thinking she’d be sad about it but to my surprise, she was very happy. She loved her hair and the slight bit of make-up and she loved her clothes and shoes. Shows you how much I know. I asked her if she felt bad that “little girls” wouldn’t get to know the old Dora and who would they want to play with now without her? She promptly told me that there are “little Dora” toys that they could play with. I told her no, that Dora was going to change and even “small” toys would the the new her. I’m not exactly sure what she was thinking or what she meant. I think she thought that only “big” toys (whatever that means) would be the new her.
A Nickelodeon spokesman said “the inspiration for this doll came from speaking to more than 2,000 parents about what they would want most in a doll for girls between the ages of 5-8 and the new Dora is “9.”
Okay, this is all fine and good but I’m thinking why fix something that’s not broken? Couldn’t they have made Dora have a cousin or an older sister who was suddenly “found” after being kidnapped or something? Why age the original Dora? Now what will toddlers have? Someone has to cover that market. I liked Dora because she’s not all fluffy and air-headed. She did real things and conquered all. Don’t get me wrong, I like Barbie and all those types of dolls but they aren’t for toddlers. A toddler can’t work all the clothes and small clasps and things that Barbie has but the Dora toys were bigger and easy to change. I’m thinking keep the old Dora the same and make her a relative and make money on both.
I’m not really buying the whole “there’s nothing for girls between 5-8 year old age range” thinking. Just walk the isles of any toy store. There are Polly Pockets, Littlest Pet Shop, dolls of every age from birth to potty training. There are Barbies and dress up clothes. I’m not sure what they mean when they say there is nothing for girls of this age group to play with. Personally, I think this new Dora might not even make it. Maybe in the future it will when girls of this age no longer remember her but I think the girls who grew up with Dora younger, will still think to themselves that Dora is for “babies.” What do you think? There is such a hurry to grow up and I just don’t think this will fly.
If you have toddlers or a young child, who does your child like to play with? I’m wondering now if they’ll end up changing Diego as well. Bailey and Christopher never really got into Diego like Trinity did with Dora but that could just be these two boys. If your child likes Dora, do you think they will still want her if she’s older? Who would you replace her with and do you think Nickelodeon is on to something or do you think they are making a mistake?