Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Adding Handles to Barbie Wheelchair & Fashionistas Barbie #132 Review

I lucked into a great price and picked up the Fashionistas Barbie that comes with a wheelchair. I thought it would bring another real world element to pictures and dioramas, so home it came. What I wasn't expecting, the wheelchair has a shorter back and doesn't have handles so someone (another doll) could push it. That was a little disappointing to me, so I thought I'd come up with an easy fix...

In doing a quick search, I see that this style might be more considered a 'sports' type wheelchair.
Lower back, no handles.

I bent two pipe cleaners in half, and tucked them through the holes on either side of the back of the chair.
Then pulled the open ends through the loop.

Snug it up, closing the loop as tightly as possible.
Bend the two ends in about 3/4" of an inch, fold them over and twist them to make thicker handles.
Ok, just a tad thicker handles, but they'll do for now😀
Shape the bars and handles and there you have it... 
A wheelchair that can be pushed.

Now, is this exactly what I want?
No, but it's a quick fix for now. If I come up with a better idea, I'll be sure to share.
If you have one, please do comment.

What makes this particular doll set interesting is, not only does it include the wheelchair, but the doll has 22 bendable joints. So basically, she's a Made To Move Barbie. I love the poseable dolls and she will be a great addition to my ever growing Barbie Army😏 Not to mention I'm a sucker for glasses too! You can read Mattel's write-up about the Fashionista Line of dolls HERE. I purchased the doll pictured above, the blonde is from Mattel's site. Comments say the wheelchair will fit many dolls, even males, although the foot rest is a little too short for them.

Friends helping friends... Isn't that what it's all about😉

Grab it when you see it and have a happy day!

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