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Friday, October 10, 2008

Juku Couture Doll Giveaway

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Ainsley, like many 7 year old girls, wants fashion dolls. I have boundaries set up around most fashion dolls saturating the toy section. I am not giving my kid a toy that is hyper-sexual (Bratz) or sends a distorted message about love (Disney Princesses), have distorted body proportions (Barbie), etc.

But, I'm a mom who wants to say "yes."

A bday 2.jpg

Jakks Pacific is releasing a new fashion doll line - Juku Couture for the Christmas season. They sent me two for review.

I was a little concerned about the word Couture at first because I thought it meant unrealistically expensive designer fashion and I'm trying to NOT turn my kids into hyper-consumers.

But, Ainsley's dad looked it up and said Couture means, unique, one-of-a-kind fashion.

Ainsley is Couture and these dolls remind me of her (and myself). She will wear what she likes and you might not think it technically matches, but she loves the pieces separately and together.

The point of these dolls is to mismatch fashion and create unique looks (as opposed to wanting to look like everyone else.) The green skirt also makes a hat - how cool is that? Instead of attracting our girls by exploiting their sexuality with revealing clothing, the packaging encourages girls to layer more clothes for a more expressive look.

Each doll comes with an appropriately childlike biography. They all have proportionate teenage bodies - meaning they have average-sized breasts. They are multi-ethnic and come from all over the world. They are all going to their first year of high school and look like you expect a high school girl to look - not like a fashion model, but someone who has to wear her shoes all day long.

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Ainsley got Hayley and Jun.

Hayley is an athletic blond and a naturalist. She likes sports and volunteering. She's from Stockholm, Sweden and wants to be a vet. She likes pineapple and alternative music.

Kana is a romantic punk with blue, black and purple hair. She's an animal lover and an artist. She's a Latina from NYC. She wants to become a singer. She loves purple and likes to snack on cherries.

Audrina is a living encyclopedia and likes photography and decorating. She wants to be a movie director and likes pop music. She lives in LA.

Junis a girly girl, a world traveler and wants to be a biologist. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and is Asian-American. She likes blueberries and jazz.

Each doll is $24.95.

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The best part? Jakks Pacific is going to give away one Juku Couture Doll to an Empowering Girls: So Sioux Me reader.

To enter leave a comment. I will leave it open for one week, until Oct. 17. Then I will use random.org to choose a winner.

You must register on blogspot with a real email address to win. I'm sorry, but I've had difficulty locating anonymous winners in previous contests.

What's wrong with other fashion dolls?

Go Bratz Go!

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Princess Ban

Pro-Ana Cheerleader Barbies



14 comments:

cpullum said...

My daughter would love this doll! Love it!

Mim said...

Wow, I'm impressed, these dolls look pretty good. We do have Barbie, Disney and, sadly, even Bratz dolls in the house but all along I've done a lot of talking about the problems of the messages those dolls send. It would have been nice to have an alternative to them to offer way back when my daughter first showed interest in dolls.

She still plays with them but I think we're on the tail end of the obsession, at any rate she's given up on asking me to buy them for her.

Btw, the birthday post I've done for her today was in part inspired by your book that you made for Ainsley.

Mim said...

P.S. Meant to say, don't send the doll to us, we REALLY don't need any more dolls! LOL

janetfaye said...

The Juku Couture Dolls are adorable!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Pamela said...

What fabulous, funky dolls. My daughter would be in love!

QuirkyDolls said...

these dolls lool ver interesting! Heck, I would love to have one. Several years ago there was a doll put on the market with normal body proportions to compete with Barbie and it flopped. But now that more Moms are aware and being educated to the problems resulting from pressures on young girls to be like models and unrealistic body shapes I believe these dolls havve an excellent chance to succeed.
Possibly the hideous Bratz dolls have enabled Moms to see the "whore factor" and will rebound to a more normal looking doll. I really hope so!

Omie said...

I'd love to get this doll for my daughter - it looks adorable. I checked out the company website but couldn't find any reference to the Juku doll.

Whirlwind said...

Those are great dolls. I am very impressed.,

RaisinCookies said...

Those dolls look great. My 5 year old and my 1 year old would fight over her. :) If that's not a stamp of approval, I don't know what is.

raisin3cookies (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk

cheenabutter said...

This is the first time I've seen these little dolls and I just love them! They're sooo adorable and just perfect for girls at a time when so many dolls out there are giving little girls such a poor image to try to imitate. These dolls are funky, fun and absolutely NOW!! We love 'em. Please sign us up for this fantastick giveaway!!

cheenabutter said...

These are the cutest dolls! Finally a cool , funky and fun doll that girls can really relate to! So modern and cool...they're much more like real girls than the other fashion dolls being currently marketed! Please sign us up for your fantastick giveaway! My neices would go crazy for these dolls!!

meamea said...

Great dolls! I love the engineering and the price of these, as well as the body type. Much nicer than Barbie for younger children.

Zaiynab said...

On the subject of dolls wearing modest clothing, have you ever heard of the Razanne or Fulla dolls? They are muslim dolls, with the headscarf, but they are really fashionably dressed. Especially Razanne. (You can find her on http://www.noorart.com/shop_category?search=razanne). But anyways, I was wondering if maybe you could provide a review on them? Personally I think they are great role models for girls because they show that it's what's on the inside that really counts in true beauty. And the dolls are even good for non-muslims, because you can just take off the headscarf and have a modestly dressed doll. I have a fulla doll. =) Same thing, but different maker and outfits and such. (Found on halalco.com.)

Anyways, I just found your blog, and I love it so far!! Keep up the great work!

Zaiynab said...

p.s. actually, these dolls are the most fashionably dressed muslim dolls. http://arrosa.net/
I forgot about them for a second. I actually get ideas for clothes for myself from these dolls!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Juku Couture Doll Giveaway

A bday 1.jpg

Ainsley, like many 7 year old girls, wants fashion dolls. I have boundaries set up around most fashion dolls saturating the toy section. I am not giving my kid a toy that is hyper-sexual (Bratz) or sends a distorted message about love (Disney Princesses), have distorted body proportions (Barbie), etc.

But, I'm a mom who wants to say "yes."

A bday 2.jpg

Jakks Pacific is releasing a new fashion doll line - Juku Couture for the Christmas season. They sent me two for review.

I was a little concerned about the word Couture at first because I thought it meant unrealistically expensive designer fashion and I'm trying to NOT turn my kids into hyper-consumers.

But, Ainsley's dad looked it up and said Couture means, unique, one-of-a-kind fashion.

Ainsley is Couture and these dolls remind me of her (and myself). She will wear what she likes and you might not think it technically matches, but she loves the pieces separately and together.

The point of these dolls is to mismatch fashion and create unique looks (as opposed to wanting to look like everyone else.) The green skirt also makes a hat - how cool is that? Instead of attracting our girls by exploiting their sexuality with revealing clothing, the packaging encourages girls to layer more clothes for a more expressive look.

Each doll comes with an appropriately childlike biography. They all have proportionate teenage bodies - meaning they have average-sized breasts. They are multi-ethnic and come from all over the world. They are all going to their first year of high school and look like you expect a high school girl to look - not like a fashion model, but someone who has to wear her shoes all day long.

A bday 4.jpg

Ainsley got Hayley and Jun.

Hayley is an athletic blond and a naturalist. She likes sports and volunteering. She's from Stockholm, Sweden and wants to be a vet. She likes pineapple and alternative music.

Kana is a romantic punk with blue, black and purple hair. She's an animal lover and an artist. She's a Latina from NYC. She wants to become a singer. She loves purple and likes to snack on cherries.

Audrina is a living encyclopedia and likes photography and decorating. She wants to be a movie director and likes pop music. She lives in LA.

Junis a girly girl, a world traveler and wants to be a biologist. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and is Asian-American. She likes blueberries and jazz.

Each doll is $24.95.

CA4E49B7-4526-451C-96C9-817AAE3EC8C7.jpg

The best part? Jakks Pacific is going to give away one Juku Couture Doll to an Empowering Girls: So Sioux Me reader.

To enter leave a comment. I will leave it open for one week, until Oct. 17. Then I will use random.org to choose a winner.

You must register on blogspot with a real email address to win. I'm sorry, but I've had difficulty locating anonymous winners in previous contests.

What's wrong with other fashion dolls?

Go Bratz Go!

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Princess Ban

Pro-Ana Cheerleader Barbies



14 comments:

cpullum said...

My daughter would love this doll! Love it!

Mim said...

Wow, I'm impressed, these dolls look pretty good. We do have Barbie, Disney and, sadly, even Bratz dolls in the house but all along I've done a lot of talking about the problems of the messages those dolls send. It would have been nice to have an alternative to them to offer way back when my daughter first showed interest in dolls.

She still plays with them but I think we're on the tail end of the obsession, at any rate she's given up on asking me to buy them for her.

Btw, the birthday post I've done for her today was in part inspired by your book that you made for Ainsley.

Mim said...

P.S. Meant to say, don't send the doll to us, we REALLY don't need any more dolls! LOL

janetfaye said...

The Juku Couture Dolls are adorable!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Pamela said...

What fabulous, funky dolls. My daughter would be in love!

QuirkyDolls said...

these dolls lool ver interesting! Heck, I would love to have one. Several years ago there was a doll put on the market with normal body proportions to compete with Barbie and it flopped. But now that more Moms are aware and being educated to the problems resulting from pressures on young girls to be like models and unrealistic body shapes I believe these dolls havve an excellent chance to succeed.
Possibly the hideous Bratz dolls have enabled Moms to see the "whore factor" and will rebound to a more normal looking doll. I really hope so!

Omie said...

I'd love to get this doll for my daughter - it looks adorable. I checked out the company website but couldn't find any reference to the Juku doll.

Whirlwind said...

Those are great dolls. I am very impressed.,

RaisinCookies said...

Those dolls look great. My 5 year old and my 1 year old would fight over her. :) If that's not a stamp of approval, I don't know what is.

raisin3cookies (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk

cheenabutter said...

This is the first time I've seen these little dolls and I just love them! They're sooo adorable and just perfect for girls at a time when so many dolls out there are giving little girls such a poor image to try to imitate. These dolls are funky, fun and absolutely NOW!! We love 'em. Please sign us up for this fantastick giveaway!!

cheenabutter said...

These are the cutest dolls! Finally a cool , funky and fun doll that girls can really relate to! So modern and cool...they're much more like real girls than the other fashion dolls being currently marketed! Please sign us up for your fantastick giveaway! My neices would go crazy for these dolls!!

meamea said...

Great dolls! I love the engineering and the price of these, as well as the body type. Much nicer than Barbie for younger children.

Zaiynab said...

On the subject of dolls wearing modest clothing, have you ever heard of the Razanne or Fulla dolls? They are muslim dolls, with the headscarf, but they are really fashionably dressed. Especially Razanne. (You can find her on http://www.noorart.com/shop_category?search=razanne). But anyways, I was wondering if maybe you could provide a review on them? Personally I think they are great role models for girls because they show that it's what's on the inside that really counts in true beauty. And the dolls are even good for non-muslims, because you can just take off the headscarf and have a modestly dressed doll. I have a fulla doll. =) Same thing, but different maker and outfits and such. (Found on halalco.com.)

Anyways, I just found your blog, and I love it so far!! Keep up the great work!

Zaiynab said...

p.s. actually, these dolls are the most fashionably dressed muslim dolls. http://arrosa.net/
I forgot about them for a second. I actually get ideas for clothes for myself from these dolls!