Doll-Maker Renames Sasha, Malia Toys

Ty's Sweet Sasha, Marvelous Malia are now Sydney, Mariah
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 3, 2009 2:45 PM CST
The dolls are now "Marvelous Mariah" and "Sweet Sydney."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Doll-maker Ty is swapping "Marvelous Malia" and "Sweet Sasha" from its Ty Girlz collection for "Marvelous Mariah" and "Sweet Sydney." The original names, inspired by "this historic time in our nation's history," weren't intended to bear likeness to President Obama's daughters, the CEO says. The change comes after Michelle Obama said that using her daughters' names was inappropriate. Profits from the original dolls will go to charity. (Read more Sasha Obama stories.)