China Dolls

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Mattel’s iconic Barbie doll—with her long blond hair and impossible body proportions—isn’t the popular kid in China. In a country where educational success is one of the most highly prized values, a Barbie doll would only cause distractions for children and take precious time away from studying. In an attempt to woo over this important international market, Mattel—as well as other major toy manufacturers like Lego—are trying to make their products more educational, which has resulted in the “Violin Soloist” Barbie. Available at an even lower price.