Washington, Dec 26 (ANI): Dolls have taken a big leap towards reality with stores selling 'Baby Alive'-a doll that can not only eat but also tell that she wants to go for "potty".
The animatronic baby doll chirps in a singsong voice -"Sniff sniff! I made a stinky!"-when she wants to use her pink plastic toilet that comes with it.Also come with the doll special "green beans" and "bananas" that, once fed to the doll, actually, well, come out the other end.
According to the Washington Post, the doll's promotional literature read: "Be careful. Just like real life, sometimes she can hold it until she gets to the 'potty' and sometimes she can't!"
A warning on the back of the box reads: "May stain some surfaces."
However, the mess made by the doll is not real: Once she is placed on her little toilet, a magnet triggers an instant in the plastic bowl.
"The 'water' in the toilet disappears, with the expected 'potty waste' appearing in its place. Your child can then flush the toilet. The 'water' will reappear, while the toilet makes a very realistic flushing sound!" said Mattel, who manufactured the doll.
Baby Alive's movements are the result of sophisticated robotics controlled by the same kind of microprocessor that navigates satellites and runs nuclear power plants.
Ever since the dolls have been introduced to stores this fall, managers at Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us have reported trouble keeping them in stock.
And 'Baby Alive', which is listed as one of the Hot Toys of 2008 by Hottoys2008.com, was sold out at Wal-Mart, eToys.com and the AOL shopping site a week before Christmas.
However, everyone doesn't think that dolls need to be this real. They argue that some things are better left to the imagination.
But toymakers want to use the latest technology to make and sell ever-more realistic toys.
"Retailers have bought heavily into these dolls. They feel that these are some of the more popular items for girls this year," said Reyne Rice, trend specialist with the Toy Industry Association. (ANI)