There's a cute little newcomer to doll shelves for 2014 at Toys "R" Us dressed in her ruffled blue gingham frock with its pink trim along with brown and blue cowboy boots -- the BanDai Dorothy from Legends of Oz.
This pretty Dorothy, described as being "a positive force," comes with two long auburn braids, big blue eyes, and a cardboard Toto inspired by the Wizard of Oz. The BanDai doll's Japanese animé influence is seen in her large eyes and unsmiling mouth.
The BanDai Legend of Oz Dorothy is a distant cousin of the Barbie doll. Back in the 1980s, Mattel entered a licensing agreement with Takara in Japan, the company that now makes the Jenny and Licca family of dolls. When Mattel and Takara parted ways, Mattel entered into another agreement Japan's BanDai Co. Ltd. in 1986. Using the first two letters of each company's name, they named their company Ma-Ba. The MaBa Barbie dolls, which looked a lot like Takara Barbie/Jenny dolls, were found only in Japan.
So take a look at the BanDai Dorothy at Toys "R" Us and see if you can spot a little bit of her ties to both Mattel Barbie and Takara Jenny.
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