Before I saw the newest First Lady Michelle Obama doll -- the "Michelle Obama Action Figure'' -- the Michelle item that caught my eye was a proportioned 16-inch tall "true-to-life porcelain work of art" dressed up in Mrs. Obama's inaugural gown and drop earrings.
The new doll on the block stands six inches, is plastic-phthalate-free PVC, and debuts in November from Brooklyn's Jailbreak Toys. The doll comes in one of three outfits (see picture above) that are knockoffs of real Michelle O clothes worn at three high-profile events during the presidential campaign.
The porcelain "Michelle Obama Inaugural Doll" by Danbury Mint priced at $149 is marketed as a collectors item. The Michelle Obama Action Figure sells for $12.99 and is a doll you can play with -- the head, arms and waist move.
Jailbreak founder and creator Jason Feinberg earlier came out with the Barack Obama Action Figure priced between $12.99 and $20.09.
With the addition of the Mrs. Obama doll, Feinberg is banking on the popularity of the First Couple to be Jailbreak's economic stimulus.
"As we learned with the Obama Action Figure a lot of the sales from the Michelle Obama Action Figure will be motivated by the mood of the country even though the First Lady is considered an apolitical figure. Major events like, hopefully, health care reform passing will focus a lot of positive attention on the Obamas and increase interest," Feinberg said.
"The First Lady is a role model who crosses party lines. So we're hopeful that the figure appeals to women and girls who admire her intelligence, grace and commitment to education and family.
"But we didn't want to leave out those who love her fashion sense either, which is why we created three versions, each with different dresses but, of course, all with bare arms."
For those who need a refresher on Mrs. Obama's dress-ology:
-- The red and black dress is what Mrs. Obama wore election night, Nov. 4, 2008, at Chicago's Grant Park.
-- Mrs. Obama wore the purple "fist bump" dress when then-candidate Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination at a rally in St. Paul, Minn., on June 3, 2008. That night, the Obamas showed off their fist bump to the nation.
-- The black and white outfit mimics what Mrs. Obama wore on ABC's "The View" on June 18, 2008 during the campaign. Now I don't know if you caught the show that day, but I did and it was a keeper. Mrs. Obama appeared during a period when she was trying to soften her image and what better way than to sit down with the ladies of "The View:" Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behr, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd.
Now I'm digressing from dolls, but I have to remind you: That's the show where Walters posed the pantyhose or no pantyhose question to Mrs. Obama.
Walters put on pantyhose that day, she said, out of respect for Mrs. Obama. Mrs. Obama said she was not wearing pantyhose.
Said Mrs. Obama on why: "It feels better, that's what it is. I stopped wearing pantyhose a long time ago, because it was painful and they'd always rip. And I'm 5'11'' so I'm tall, so nothing really fits."