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The 'I Can Be...' range of Barbie dolls has been lauded as the affordable face of Barbie, there are quite a few dolls to choose from in this collection and all portray Barbie in a different career. Hollie has several 'I Can Be...' Barbies, this one is the TV Anchor and was purchased from Amazon a couple of months ago for around £13.
The doll is standard Barbie proportions (ie: impossibly tall and with a figure that would make any supermodel jealous), in this depiction Barbie is dressed in a smart skirt suit and has her long blonde hair cut into a side fringe and trimmed to create an extremely smart but basic hair style. Her make-up is perfectly done for this 'job', in my opinion Barbie looks for all the world like one of those irritatingly shrill Fox News anchors who sit and shout at the viewers while looking amazingly well groomed and perfectly sculpted.
When the TV Anchor Barbie is new the box is shaped to look like a news desk with a cut out large enough for Barbie to stand behind the desk. Obviously this is made of the same cardboard as the box so isn't going to last the test of time, Hollie enjoyed playing with the box for a while but within a week it had gotten so tatty that we had to get rid of it. I actually feel Mattel could have created some kind of rigid desk for her to use, there are only three very small accessories included with this doll which is somewhat underwhelming considering other dolls in this range have a lot more added extras to really make the career seem alive to young girls. With this Barbie you will also receive a microphone, filming camera and small folder - Hollie's folder is simply a plastic board but my friend (whose daughter owns this doll too) says their folder had small pieces of paper inside, she tells me they were torn and lost very quickly but I'm still a little bit disappointed that we didn't get these papers!
The doll is of the highest quality, like most other Barbie dolls she won't stand up on her own but the lack of frills and flounce means she can easily be leaned against an object - what I mean by this is that she's a very streamlined doll compared to the ones Hollie tends to favour, which are invariably the dolls dressed in skirts wider than them with balance-buggeringly high hair! Her arms, legs and head move as you'd expect but there's no give in the elbows or knees which doesn't really give Hollie much scope for positioning her - I find the fact that she can't sit on a chair OR stand alone a bit weird actually, how else is a news anchor supposed to do her broadcast? Another reason why a desk should have been included with the doll, if for nothing else to at least give Barbie something to lean against.
The microphone isn't bad quality, it's chunkier than it looks in the piccie and has been designed to closely resemble the type of microphone a roving reporter would use - as Hollie noticed though, this is not the type of microphone an anchor would usually use so maybe a headset would have been more in keeping with the style of the doll?! Barbie grips the microphone comfortably and securely, helping Hollie to interview her other dolls and teddies while injecting some authenticity to her games. My only issue with the microphone is that Barbie's hand is shaped to curl around the microwave, which is fabulous when she's holding this piece of equipment but unfortunately gives this hand and arm the appearance of being a bit 'withered' when Hollie is playing with the doll but not the accessories. The camera is of much better quality than it looks, it's relatively weighty and has been moulded to resemble the type of camera you get an occasional glimpse of while watching the news on TV.
Hollie loves this doll and I suspect the very pink and highly feminine outfit is the reason for this. I do think a TV Anchor is a bit of an odd choice for a character (not to mention highly Americanised!) and believe a 'reporter' would have been a much better option, Hollie uses this Barbie to wander around her other toys and interviews then in situ rather than creating a studio and using the doll in the way you'd expect an actual Anchor to behave. I giggled yesterday while listening to her interview one of her Peppa Pig characters with the finest question being 'What's it like to be a talking pig?'; she's got the gist though as when she sets her market or fairground up she'll walk this Barbie among her other toys to get their opinions on a) what they're up to and b) 'important' issues of the day (such as whether she should have been given pasta with her stir fry or rice)!
This isn't the best character from the 'I Can Be...' range, she's beautifully dressed as ever but I feel the doctor or vet would give little girls something to aspire to as I can't think of many Barbie loving girly girls who dream of being a newsreader! Hollie's absolute favourite of the 'I Can Be...' range is Barbie as a Pizza Chef, which is currently only £1.28 dearer than this TV Anchor but is supplied with much better accessories such as a (vaguely) interactive pizza oven, cash register and plenty of 'bits' to help her pad out her games. I don't think the TV Anchor is overpriced, but looking at similarly priced dolls from this budget range makes the accessories look a little uninspired.
The Barbie I Can Be... TV Anchor doll is ready to present the latest news, dressed in her cute outfit and with her microphone ready. The doll comes complete with a code to access online content that also creates a digital destination for girls to further 'try on' the experience of being a TV Anchor