Crikey! Bindi Gets Her Own Doll

Crocodile Hunter's daughter continuing in dad's footsteps
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2008 10:27 PM CDT
In this Sept. 20, 2006, file photo, Bindi Irwin, daughter of Steve Irwin, reads aloud her speech for her father at a memorial service in Beerwah, Australia.    (AP Photo/Steve Holland, file)
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(Newser) – Bindi Irwin isn't yet 10, but she's got her own TV show, an Emmy, and now, a doll in her image. An Ohio company is making 10-inch replicas of the young Australian star, the daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Bindi inherited her dad's love of nature, and the doll says things like, "Crikey! Let's go help wildlife."

Part of the proceeds will go to environmental efforts, helping offset what some critics see as opportunism. Others are happy to see a Barbie alternative entering the market. "I feel a heck of a lot more comfortable with a doll like that selling to the youth of today," one retailer said. "I think it's great that they have gone and thought outside the sexist point of view of most massive merchandise." The Bindi doll comes with binoculars and a motorcycle.