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Check Out This Chinese Barbie Doll With a Detachable Head

A Barbie type doll is on the market in China that has a detachable head. Is this not every brother’s dream?

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Barbie dolls — or dolls of the Barbie-esque variety — are known for their wide array of compatible of accessories, clothes, add-ons, cars, houses, you name it. But China has given a line of Barbie-type dolls a feature I’m unsure if we’ve all been waiting for: a detachable head.

That’s right, if you get sick of looking at your Barbie’s face you can pop its head off and replace it with another. If your kid brother pops off your doll’s head, it’s OK, he’s just playing along too. I have no idea how far this gimmick goes — perhaps there are entire sets of spare heads that you can buy and interchange like shoes — but this feature really adds another weapon to the arsenal of feminist who like to start sentences with, “You know, if Barbie was a real woman she’d look like . . .”

Guillotine sold separately.


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  • Jack October 8, 2012, 7:54 am

    I remember my sister’s barbies growing up. I’d make her so upset pulling off the heads of them. Maybe a spare head would have been a good idea?

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    • Wade Shepard October 8, 2012, 8:19 am

      For sure, I think these detachable heads just took all the joy out of playing Barbie for me. There was something truly special yanking one of their heads off and watching little girls scream 🙂

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