Hey kids! Meet Lammily, the doll with the reasonably realistic body of a 19 year-old American woman! Lammily is the creation of artist Nickolay Lamm, who hopes to raise enough money for his dolls to go into mass production as a competitor to the freakishly proportioned Barbie. I’ll be the first to tell you that I know absolutely nothing about what it’s like to be a young girl, but as a young boy I always played with toys that were representative of anything but average people. I have zero problem with the “average” doll, but when I played with action figures it was about fantasy: Superheroes, GI Joes, Star Wars characters, monsters, and more. That being said, I’ll happily accept that men don’t suffer from the same kinds of body issues that women do, so it’s probably comparing apples and oranges.
It’s time for Barbie to make a new friend. Meet Lammily, who could soon be sitting alongside her on toy shop shelves. American artist Nickolay Lamm created a prototype of a Barbie-like doll last year based on US government measurements for an average 19-year-old American woman and the response was huge. He now wants to produce his doll and is close to crowdfunding the $95,000 (£57,000) he needs to start production.