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Where Are the Realistic Toys for Boys?

By Emery Gewirtz--Inclusive and body-positive toys for girls seems to be more important than ever before. It’s exciting, because now girls can play with dolls that look and dress like they do—for example, they can now play with Barbies of a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

But what about boys? What about Ken? Unfortunately, Ken does not garner nearly as much attention as Barbie does, even though his size and stature are also unattainable for boys and men.

This inspired me to do a bit of digging. Surely, there must be body-positive toys out there beyond our rosy Barbie and Ken duo, right? Well there are, but mostly for girls.

I was so excited to see these body positive toys! I loved reading about a set of action figures to promote body positivity for girls, called IAmElemental. The figures are called Bravery, Energy, Honesty, Industry, Enthusiasm, Persistence and Fear. Their powers come from within, rather than a radioactive encounter. They are brightly colored, have a more realistic body shape and are created so that they can move their bodies properly. The slogan for these female heroines is, “If you give a girl a different toy, she will tell a different story,” and I believe that is true.

In fact, another toy, called Lottie, tells this story. Lottie is a line of body positive dolls for girls that promote being a pirate, doing karate, being a queen or even being an astronaut (along with so much more). She is a realistic 9-year-old girl with a childlike body, no makeup and is ethnically diverse. In fact, she can even stand on her own two feet (why should that even be surprising?!).  

Then, the creators of Lottie had another breakthrough. At the end of last year, Lottie made a friend named Finn! The one Finn doll currently on the website flies a kite. Finn has been designed as a toy that boys can relate to. He looks like a boy, with a realistic, healthy childlike body shape. One more thing was… Finn was sold out! The market is crying to have more relatable guy dolls/action figures.

The revolution has begun. We as a society have finally begun to stand up to companies that create dolls that aren’t realistic and are relatable to REAL kids! And I have to say, I am really proud.

So, to my future kids, and to all of the future kids out there, I hope you never have to compare yourself to an 11.5 inch doll. I hope you pick up Lottie, Finn or some other body-positive toy and run around your house. You are the ones who can begin to tell this new story.

[Editor’s Note: You can add one more body-positive toy for boys to the mix! The creator of Lammily just announced that he’s created a prototype for a male version of the body-positive doll.]

About the blogger: Emery attends the College of New Jersey. She is a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and works as a residential assistant for freshmen. She can most often be found outside reading or smiling.

For more inspirational pieces, check out:

Yes, We Still Need Body Positivity

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