Friday, January 23, 2009

Ty Says 'Malia,' 'Sasha' Dolls Not Based On First Daughters

The dolls have the girls names and look as much like them as a TY plush doll can. Me thinks TY and everyone else should leave the kids out of this!

Photo of the Malia (left) and Sasha Ty Girlz dolls.

Well, that didn't take long.

In one of the first apparent attempts to profit from the star power of the new First Daughters, Ty Inc., the Beanie Babies empire based in Westmont, has come out with Sasha and Malia dolls. Or has it?

Part of the company's Ty Girlz collection, "Marvelous Malia" and "Sweet Sasha" are plush dolls priced at $9.99 apiece. The dolls debuted this month in stores around the country, said Tania Lundeen, Ty senior vice president of sales.

On Monday, Lundeen said the company did not seek permission from the First Family to use the Obama sisters' images. Two days later, the Ty executive said the dolls were not even based on the Obama girls

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