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Inclusive, realistic customizable Makies dolls represent kids with disabilities



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A London-based doll company is letting kids create a doll that’s as unique as they are – and that realistically represents their bodies. Makies creates 3D-printed dolls that kids can design themselves online, altering the doll’s facial features, skin tone, and hair color and texture, making them one of the most seriously customizable doll lines out there. And the customization doesn’t end there: kids can now add accessories that may reflect the tools they use in their everyday lives.

Makies recently expanded their products to include a line endorsed by the inclusive toy campaign group #ToyLikeMe. The #ToyLikeMe line includes accessories like hearing aids, cochlear implants, and canes, as well as three different dolls with disabilities, including one with a facial birthmark, one who uses a cane, and another who uses hearing aids and whose hand is shaped in the ASL sign for "I love you."

Kids with disabilities don’t often get to play with dolls that look like them; diversity of bodily representation in the doll world is lacking. Makies offers an alternative doll that lets differently abled kids play with a doll that actually looks like them.

Kids can design their own Makies doll on the Makies website or purchase predesigned dolls; the #ToyLikeMe accessories are sold separately. Makies ships internationally. mymakie.com

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