Move over Barbie, Obama Doll is here

June 12th, 2008 - 12:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Berlin, June 12 (IANS) It was tricky to get the skin tone correct, but it is now done. A German toymaker has prepared a collector’s doll resembling US presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Marcel Offermann, who has earlier taken inspiration from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Pope Benedict XVI, the Dalai Lama and Lady Diana, is offering the Barack Obama doll in a limited edition of 999, costing euro 139 ($216), the online edition of the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported.

The 36-centimetre doll sports a black suit, complete with a stars-and-stripes lapel pin, a white shirt and Obama’s trademark sky-blue tie. It is also available for purchase online on the website (http://www.deutsche-klassiker.de/beruehmtheiten/042f0b9ab30b8d901.php) since Monday.

Offermann, who runs a ‘doll hospital’ in the western German city of Neuss near D

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