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Cheap black/brown dolls!

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bollybhaji Sun 10-Dec-17 21:57:59

I work for a charity that works with lots of disadvantaged young children from predominantly African and South Asian backgrounds.

My colleagues and I have been trying in vain to find cheap black and brown dolls to be used as Christmas presents for the kids. We’ve looked online and everything is well out of our price range! 

Am I being unreasonable to think that we should be able to find cheap black and brown dolls…or are we just not there yet?!

Would also be grateful for any suggestions for companies/businesses who might want to donate them!

DonkeyOaty Sun 10-Dec-17 22:12:43

ice cream toys Lovely lovely dolls here.

Could you do a fast response fundraiser to up your budget?

Katescurios Sun 10-Dec-17 22:15:50

We got a little one about 8inches plastic legs arms and head with a soft body from asda(I think) cheap. Will have a look.

ThisLittleKitty Sun 10-Dec-17 22:19:37

I find smyths do loads of different dolls at a good price.

bridgetreilly Sun 10-Dec-17 22:20:44

What is your price range?

AfunaMbatata Sun 10-Dec-17 22:22:15

Home bargains stores have black and mixed baby dolls in stores atm.

Owletterocks Sun 10-Dec-17 22:24:32

My dd has this doll not sure how cheap you mean though

GlitterGlue Sun 10-Dec-17 22:26:27

What's your budget?

Early learning do a black doll, but it seems to have gone up a bit since we bought one - now £12. However there might be a discount code knocking around.

NoSquirrels Sun 10-Dec-17 22:27:31

Do you mean soft dolls, or just any dolls? Quite a few Barbies with darker skin in the Fashionistas range e.g.

There's also a dark skinned Ken.

In a similar vein there's a Project MC2 doll:

And an exceptionally creepy newborn doll here for less than £10

ADishBestEatenCold Sun 10-Dec-17 22:30:23

What is cheap? About the lowest price I can see is about £10 per doll.

For example a baby doll ...

... and a barbie doll

WildRosesGrow Sun 10-Dec-17 22:35:38

There are boy and girl dolls with brown skin for £7.49 at Toysrus, I think to get a specific colour you would need to go in store and choose:

You could try approaching the managers of the chain toy stores near you, e.g. The Entertainer, Toys R Us, Argos, Early Learning Centre, Mothercare, and explaining what you are asking for and see if they have any clearance stock or any flexibility on price.

LivininaBox Sun 10-Dec-17 22:42:20

I got one on line at Toys R Us, it was difficult to find because I was searching for "black doll" and they had it listed as "ethnic doll" confused

selassi Sun 10-Dec-17 22:57:08


MrGrumpy01 Sun 10-Dec-17 22:59:07

Doll's World (brand) make one. I think there is a more expensive boxed version but theChris also a cheaper one that is just the doll in a plastic bag type package.

Swirlingasong Sun 10-Dec-17 23:04:36

Lottie dolls do some - not cheap but you could ask if they would donate? Really, really cheap I saw some Barbie type dolls with brown skin in Poundland last week.

Osirus Mon 11-Dec-17 00:18:36

John Lewis do a newborn black doll for about £10.

manicinsomniac Mon 11-Dec-17 00:32:01

Are you only collecting new toys?

You can get anything on eBay if you're willing to buy second hand. Christmas Fairs and Charity Shops too if you have time to bargain hunt.

I'd never buy a new toy - I don't see the point.

JeffyJeffington Mon 11-Dec-17 07:53:32

Bumblebee (superhero) doll tenner on amazon

Allthetuppences Mon 11-Dec-17 08:21:49

Can you approach a local branch of one of the bigger companies? There are usually "community budgets" for them to get free local advertising? It might not be ideal if the service users are very vulnerable of course to raise the profile.

GlitterFart Mon 11-Dec-17 08:25:19

Have a look at, they have loads of different kinds and helped my friend to find a doll with afro hair for her daughter

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