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Dora to Become More Like Barbie

by Cynthia Dermody on February 18, 2009 at 5:03 PM

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?

Question: How do you feel about the latest Dora news?
  1. Happy -- I'm glad she's going to grow up with my daughter. 8%
  2. Sad -- I wish they'd leave her a preschooler forever. 77%
  3. Indifferent 13%
Total Votes: 228
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Filed Under: play, toys


  • madam...


    February 18, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Eeeeh. I'm not really a Dora fan anyways (come on...Don't tell me you don't think she's annoying as hell.)

    I really don't care as long as they don't turn her into a Bratz doll.

  • south...


    February 18, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Why can't this Dora remain the same?.They  could make clothes and accessories with different themes.Dora is for preschoolers!

  • heath...


    February 18, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Wow, this is the first I have heard about this. My 2 year old loves Dora and Boots and Backpack.

    It is gonna be sad, not seeing the Dora all the kids have come to know and love. Dora helps out with so much and is a great show

  • RanaA...


    February 18, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    What, little girls don't have enough fashion-obsessed trash idols?

  • Judes...


    February 18, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Before I had my son, I HATED Dora.  My husband and I would make fun of her and he called her "football head".  Then my son discovered her - he just turned two in October, and he already knows how to count to 10, all his colors, and many other words in Spanish.  He also knows about maps, mountains, bridges, and lots of exotic animals (pygmy marmoset, anyone??)  So I gotta give Dora (and Diego) their props.  And I'm gonna hate seeing her turn into one of those icky girl characters that I really DO hate.

  • MoonL...


    February 18, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    I hate Dora.  I hate Miguel or whatever his name is.  I hate the way that they think that Mexicans are the only ones who come to the US.  Where is Birgitte the pretty German that lives in the Alps or Priya who wears a Sari and rides on an elephant?

  • Bebe510


    February 18, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    so sad to hear this!! r u sure this is going to happen?? by daughter LOVES her!!   i would like for that innocence to remain longer...

  • angel...


    February 18, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Are they not going to keep preschool dora too?

  • aiden...


    February 18, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    omg what has this world come to? they dont have enough trashy role modles for kids now they are gonna hit up younger and younger generations?!

  • Jenny301


    February 18, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    All in the name of money.  How sad.

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