Share a Smile Becky “In Wheelchair” (Mattel “Toys R Us Exclusive” Special Edition) “Rare-Vintage” (1996)

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Share a Smile Becky “In Wheelchair” (Mattel “Toys R Us Exclusive” Special Edition) “Rare-Vintage” (1996)

**This Item Is No-Longer Available From Mattel/Barbie Collectibles**

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Description & Product Information

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**Please Note! “Product Information”: This Action Figure (or) Vehicle, etc Has a 22 Years Age Factor and are no longer available from the Manufacture (“Discontinued”), packaging may have slight shelf wear (slightly bent cardboard or plastic corners, minor scratches etc). Figure (s) Vehicle (s) and all assessories inside packaging are perfect and come sealed in their “Original Factory Released Format Packaging”!!** 

*Share a Smile Becky “In Wheelchair” (Mattel “Toys R Us Exclusive” Special Edition)!!

*1st Release!!! **Becky is wearing a shirt with a pink flower and the back of box shows her with a blue flower…She also comes with 2 friendship necklaces with a pink flower one for you and one for Becky…This Item is very scarce and dsirable!! 

*This is a very hard to find doll and a TRU Exclusive*…

Production doll may vary from the photo shown above. Mattel reserves the right to modify the fashion/fabrics, sculpt, hair color/style, and accessories.!

Doll cannot stand alone as shown.

*Included Are:*

  • Share a Smile Becky “In Wheelchair”
  • 2 – friendship necklaces

*Doll Size: 11.5″!!!

*Ages: 3 And Over

CHOKING HAZARD — Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

*FACTORY SEALED in the original package. Figure has NEVER been opened.

Name: Share a Smile Becky “In Wheelchair” (1st Release)
Series: Share a Smile Becky Special Edition
Subseries: Toys R Us Special Edition
Manufacturer: Mattel/Barbie Collectibles 
Year Released: Release Date: 1/14/1996
Manufacturer UPC#: Product Code: #15761

location@garage-Boxed(“MY BOX 3/25/2012”) (4) 08/23/2006

Additional information

Weight 2.4 lbs

1 review for Share a Smile Becky “In Wheelchair” (Mattel “Toys R Us Exclusive” Special Edition) “Rare-Vintage” (1996)

  1. paul cunningham

    News Quote From !997…
    Barbie’s new friend Becky has a wheelchair
    May 21, 1997
    Web posted at: 9:32 p.m. EDT (0132 GMT)
    WASHINGTON (CNN) — “Share a Smile Becky,” the new Barbie doll in a hot pink wheelchair, was rolled out Wednesday to the delight of disabled children like 9-year-old Hannah Withers.

    Hannah, who has cerebral palsy, gleefully clutched the doll and stroked her hair. “She’s in a wheelchair,” she exclaimed with a huge grin. Hannah’s wheelchair is bright purple.

    Toy-maker Mattel hopes the doll will help change attitudes and stereotypes about the disabled, and help children with disabilities build self-esteem.

    Becky’s legs, you can bend the knees,” said Hannah’s mother, Tina. “This is something Hannah is working on. Hopefully, she can teach her doll to walk as she learns herself.”

    Other parents share her excitement.

    “When you look for a toy for kids with physical limitations, it’s hard to find something they can identify with and stimulate them,” said Blake Ainsworth, father of Caroline, a disabled 6-year-old.

    Mattel says it strives for diversity

    Barbie was introduced in 1959. And Mattel says it’s time her family became more inclusive.

    “We for quite some time have had ethnic diversity in Barbie’s world, but we were overdue in terms of really offering a friend who has a disability,” said Nancy Zwiers, senior vice president for marketing.

    While Mattel is the largest toy-maker to market a disabled doll, it is not alone.

    Minnesota-based Cultural Toys introduced a rag doll in 1995 in a wheelchair. Pleasant Company, the Wisconsin toy company that makes the American Girl Collection, also has a wheelchair accessory for its line of dolls.

    John Kemp, the CEO of Very Special Arts tells us about the positive self image of the new Barbie

    Fisher Price makes a toy bus with a wheelchair ramp, and Little Tikes has a dollhouse with a ramp, analysts said.

    Some features of Becky may be changed

    For now, Becky’s wheelchair won’t fit in most Barbie houses — even the elevator is too small. And unlike real wheelchairs, Becky’s has no seat belt, so she tumbles out easily. Activists would like to see that changed.

    “Everything they can do to promote the whole accessibility of the world, to children, to anyone with a disability, we want,” said Patricia McGill Smith of National Parent Network on Disabilities.

    For the first year, Becky will be sold exclusively at Toys R Us. The suggested retail price is $19.99. Mattel says she’s already its best-selling exclusive doll, with nearly 6,000 sold in the last few weeks.

    The editor of a magazine for the physically challenged isn’t surprised.

    “I think there’s a heck of a lot of money to be made from this. We’re talking about a market of 50 million Americans, spending about $700 billion a year, Charles Riley, editor of We magazine, said. “It’s a lot of money.”

    Disabled groups don’t care if Mattel makes money doing the right thing. They’re just happy to see the icon of physical perfection being used to how that disabilities can be beautiful, too.

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