While children’s toys have grown steadily more progressive in recent years, plenty of folks still groan when they wander down their local toy store’s “pink aisle”. Thankfully, the designers of Uglydoll—David Horvath and Sun Min—have decided to come up with an alternative to most of the doll lines produced for kids. They’re collaborating with Klim Kozinevich (of Bigshot Toyworks, who designs for Hasbro, Kid Robot, Sideshow, and Mondo) on a new line that foregoes the usual concerns of Barbie and princess toys—hair, makeup, and clothes—for something that encourages kids to better use their imagination and take pride in their individuality. Folks, meet the Dream BIG Friends.
Making her debut at Pasadena’s DesignerCon (held this weekend on November 21st and 22nd) is the first of the Dream BIG Friends, Yuna, seen here with her cat Kamata:
According to the folks behind Dream BIG Friends, Yuna is “quite possibly the very first Asian American to be a central character in a doll line! She loves science, travel, rockets, art, design, and Korean food. Her big dream is to run a company designing rockets that will one day take her to Mars. She’ll be the first one to stand on the planet’s surface, naturally. With your help, she’s sure to get there.”
A Dream BIG Friends Kickstarter has just launched, to fund the tooling and production costs of these toys. Be sure to check it out. It’s filled with more details on Yuna, and on how this lines of dolls came to be. And let us know below what you think. Would you give Yuna as a gift to a kid (or even an adult) this holiday season?
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Image Credit: Dream BIG Friends