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Flavas was a line of dolls made by Mattel in 2003 to compete with the Bratz line by MGA Entertainment. The dolls were dressed in hip hop fashions and appeared to be designed as a way for Mattel to tap into the 'urban' market. Mattel Inc. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... MGA Entertainment (Micro Games of America Entertainment) is a private manufacturer of childrens toys and family entertainment products founded in 1997. ... Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ...

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Dolls

The dolls - Kiyoni Brown, Happy D, Tika, Liam, Peebo, and Tre-work hip hop/urban-inspired clothing and came with accessories such as cell phones and soda cans. Unlike more traditional Barbie dolls, the Flavas dolls had more points of articulation including jointed elbows and waists, allowing them to strike presumably more 'urban' poses. All of the dolls featured at least two variations which were packaged with two outfits and two pairs of shoes. The packaging that the dolls came in also doubled as a doll stand. Motorola T2288 mobile phone A mobile phone is a portable electronic device which behaves as a normal telephone whilst being able to move over a wide area (compare cordless phone which acts as a telephone only within a limited range). ... Look up soda in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Barbie is a best-selling doll launched at the American International Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. ... Elbow redirects here. ... The waist is the part of the abdomen between the ribcage and hips. ...


Promotion and marketing

Mattel appeared unclear of how to market the dolls. Some of the accessories included with the dolls such as karaoke machines suggest that the characters were involved in the music business but this premise was never fully explored. Although Christina Aguilera promoted these dolls, two of which looked similar to her and Justin Timberlake, during their Justified/Stripped Tour, the line failed to sell and was discontinued in 2005. A Karaoke machine Karaoke (Japanese: カラオケ, from 空 kara, empty or void, and オーケストラ ōkesutora, orchestra) is a form of entertainment in which an amateur singer or singers sing along with recorded music on microphone. ... Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is a four time Grammy Award winning American pop singer and songwriter. ... Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is a two-time Grammy Award-winning American pop/R&B singer, and actor. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Criticism

Some aspects of the Flavas dolls were considered offensive and it has been suggested that, rather than embracing hip hop culture, the dolls were actually making fun of it. It has also been suggested that the dolls were racially offensive in that Mattel portrayed negative stereotypes of African-Americans, such as Kiyoni Brown, who wore a very short mini skirt and halter top, giving her the appearance of the standard "video hoochie". It was also suggested that the 'Flava's' were unsuitable role models for children as they encouraged children to engage in illegal activities such as graffiting. The dolls were not liked by rappers and hip-hoppers because they thought that the dolls were making fun of their culture. An African American (also Afro-American, Black American) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... The miniskirt is a skirt whose hemline is a ways above the knees (generally from ten to twenty centimetres above knee-level). ... Halterneck refers to a type of womens clothing with one strap around the back of the neck instead of two over the shoulders. ...


Positive aspects

Although there was much controversy and criticism surrounding the dolls and most people considered them racist there where also many positive aspects which got over looked in the rather exaggerated street attitude. For example the 'Kiyoni Brown' doll was one of the first ever African-American dolls to hit the shops.


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