Relax, Parents: Tween Dora Still 'Wholesome'

New doll of beloved character had sparked short-skirt concerns
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 17, 2009 2:52 PM CDT
Dora the Explorer of Nick Jr.   (PRNewsFoto/Nick Jr.)
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(Newser) – Dora the Explorer is getting a tween update in a new doll, which trades her baby fat for a more girly, urban look, Hispanic Business reports. After concerns were sparked by a silhouette preview of the doll sporting a very short dress, parents can breathe a sigh of relief: the older version of the Nickelodeon cartoon character wears leggings under the tunic.

The new Dora does, however, look more like a fashion icon than an explorer. But Mattel says though she’ll be in the city instead of the jungle, the new Dora will keep her original vibe. The website companion to the $60 toy will feature explorations of community service and mysteries. The doll is aimed at 5- to 8-year-old girls as an “age-appropriate” update to the younger version.