Downi Creations (Thanks lumpy goop hopper) - Of all the hobbies out there in this strange, strange world, doll collecting is one that will never stop frightening me. Something about middle-aged women having an equivalent to comic book or baseball card collecting is seriously scary to me. While it is a step up from collecting cats, dogs, garbage, and Thomas Kinkade paintings, it is still seriously wrong on some level. Why? Maybe it's the whole hoarding miniature replicas of children thing that gets to me. That, and I have memories of my grandmother's doll collection, prominently displayed in "the doll room," which was the worst place in the world to sleep at night due to the hundreds of tiny eyes staring at you, just waiting for the right combination of lightning and demonic activity to spark sentience.
As if collecting miniature replicas of children wasn't enough, now you can collect miniature replicas of children with Down syndrome. While these dolls are supposedly designed to serve as educational tools to demonstrate the anatomical differences of someone with Down syndrome, that still doesn't change the fact they are basically creepy replicas of mentally challenged children. It also doesn't change the fact they are dressed up all fancy like any other doll, and not clinically bland like medical teaching aids. I can't imagine how horrifying it would be to see somebody with a collection of these things sitting on a shelf, leering at you with almond-shaped eyes.
But nonetheless, if you are looking for a chromosomally challenged series of dolls, you've just hit the jackpot. Let's hope those creepy weirdoes that make RealDolls stay out of the mentally handicapped doll market.
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