The Sally Ride celebrity doll portrays her as herself at 32 years old, an American astronaut and physicist. On June 18, 1983 she became the first American woman in space as she took off aboard the space shuttle Challenger and is still(2019) the youngest American astronaut to fly into space. Astronaut Ride died in 2012.
The doll was made by Mattel in 2019 and is part of their Barbie® Inspiring Women™ series of dolls. It is a Black Label doll designed by Carlyle Nuera and was released in the United States on August 25, 2019 at a retail price of $30.99, along with the Mattel Rosa Parks doll, also part of the Inspiring Women™ series and part of the Celebrity Doll Museum collection.
From the box:
“I HAVE BEEN A BIT OF A RISK TAKER ALL MY LIFE.’ – SALLY RIDE
Barbie(r) recognizes all female role models. The Inspiring Women (TM) Series pays tribute to incredible heroines of their time; courageous women who too risks, changed rules and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before.
When Sally Ride was growing up in Los Angeles, her parents encouraged her interest in science by giving her a telescope and chemistry set. Sally’s love of learning and science motivated her to study physics in college. While she was finishing her Ph.D., Sally responded to an article in the student newspaper announcing that for the first time, NASA was recruiting women into the astronaut corps. Out of more than 8,000 applicants, she was on of six women accepted into the program. On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger to become the first American woman – and the youngest American –to fly in space. Sally’s adventurous nature, quest for discovery, and pioneering accomplishments inspire girls everywhere to boldly reach for the stars.
Girls need more role models like Sally Ride, because imaging they can be anything is just the beginning. Actually seeing that they can makes all the difference.
The Sally Ride doll comes wearing a one piece blue NASA jumpsuit with gold trim, sewn on name tag, NASA patch, Challenger patch, US flag patch on left shoulder. The headset while removable is tacked on above the ears with brown string to keep it in place. The included US Flag adorned helmet (does go on with a bit of a struggle over the full head of curly hair with headset on) has a flip up smoked plastic face shield. On the feet are a pair of removable brown work boots. No socks and molded Barbie underwear. The complete costume is removable.
The face has striking dot painted blue eyes and pink lips and curly rooted hair. The body is articulated at the knees (one knee is wrapped in cardboard to strike the box pose), hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and neck. Feet are flat. Doll will stand on its own in the boots.
Accessories include a black based clear stemmed doll stand and an official Mattel Barbie Signature, Black Label, Sally Rice Certificate of Authenticity. The head is stamped ©2011 Mattel, the body ©2015 Mattel, and the box and design ©2019 Mattel.
The Sally Rice doll can be removed completely without damaging the box. One piece of tape holding the top flap closed and the entire insert slides out. Feet slide out if you undo the arrow zip tie under the botton of the inset for the right foot and release taps for the left foot base and its arrow zip tie. The plastic head holder mold can be removed from the cardboard backing in the back by releasing the two plastic tabs. Once pulled forward, the head fasteners can be clipped (careful you don’t cut the hair) or pulled through tiny holes if you want to leave them in. The legs and arms slide through the plastic holders easily. The helmet is released by releasing the tabs to its plastic holders in the back. Except for the 3 head fasteners, the doll and fasteners could be returned to their original position.
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