Dora to Become More Like Barbie


Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer grows up.

This makes me a little sad.

My kids and I LOVE Dora the Explorer -- the cute, inquisitive, shorts-wearing, tom boy Dora that plays with monkeys and loves chocolate.

But Mattel and Nickelodeon just announced that Dora is going to grow up and get a makeover in the form of a new interactive toy doll that loves fashion. She's ditched Boots for much hipper tween buds with prettier hair, Dora's Explorer Girls.

In addition to the preschool Dora that spends her carefree days finding mystical locales like Rainbow Mountain, a second older version of Dora will pour all that curiosity into "solving mysteries." I just hope those mysteries will amount to more than trying to find great earrings at the mall.

The idea behind the new Dora doll, which will retail for $60, is that while preschoolers adore her, they drop her like a hot potato as soon as they turn 5. Don't worry, the preschool Dora isn't going anywhere. But the marketers and toy makers have created a second persona that will "grow up with her fans" -- as well as extend a very profitable brand.

Dora the Explorer has been one of the most successful "properties" for nearly a decade, the president of Nickelodeon said in a press release, with an average of 21.1 million viewers, including 6 million preschoolers, tuning into the television show each month.

Tween Dora moves to the big city and attends middle school and has a whole new fashionable look. The doll won't be revealed until sometime this fall -- but you can see from her silhouette above that she has much longer hair, likes skirts and girly shoes.

She can be plugged into the computer, where girls can access an interactive online world, allowing them to  customize their doll and watch as she magically transforms right before their eyes. For example, by changing Dora’s hair length, jewelry, and eye color on screen, the Dora doll magically changes as well.

This is the worst I've felt since Thomas the Tank Engine got animated faces and moving mouths. Can't they leave anything to the imagination these days?


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emkassu emkassu

Oh no!! This sucks! My 2 1/2 yr old daughter LOVES Dora!!

I dont want to see Dora grow up!!

prais... praisinghim2day

I just hope she's not slutty like Barbie.  A mommy can't even find somewhat conservative clothing for her daughters' dolls.  No wonder girls want to grow up so much faster and show lots of skin these days.  : (

Norah... NorahSethsMommy

We love Dora...I kind of like the idea of her growing with my daughter, but mostly I think it is just a clever marketing ploy that wont go over all that well in the long run.

abarnes6 abarnes6

I hate that they are changing her but my 2yo daughter prefers Diego and his animals anyway.

StarM... StarMommy77

We don't watch Dora anyway... She doesn't have manners and yells at the children to say things at her..

We stick with Elmo.. He has been 3 yrs old for 27 yrs..

lovem... lovemylittle1

I LOVE this idea! I think its great that she is growing with our kids. But then again, I really dislike DORA in general. and I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE BARBIE!!

AriMi... AriMicSun

Do they realize that once a group of kids turn 5, a whole new batch of toddlers will take over and so on and so on? Simpletons.
And no, I hate this idea. Hopefully it will be like what they did with "Rugrats" and "Rugrats: All grown up." They kept regular rugrats for the little kids on Nick jr. and the "grown up" Rugrats for the kids who were a little older.

truet... truetigress

I don't know ladies...seriously my eldest daughter's first birthday was a Dora party because she absolutely fell in love every time she was on tv. To see her now she has no love for Dora or Diego. When I turn it to that channel for the younger one my daughter would rather watch Speed Racer, Jacob Two Two, or Danny Phantom. It would be nice to see a renewed interest in Dora..who perhaps will get rid of the irritating voice, the attitude, and to solve mysteries? Sign ot the times ladies *S*

Cafe... Cafe Cynthia

The preschooler Dora isn't going anywhere -- they are not phasing her out or anything -- just adding a "second" version of her that's much older. Sorry for not being clear before ... Cynthia

redne... redneckcple

What's it gonna become,  A new version of the Bratz....? GROSS! Just leave it the freakin same!!

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