Sasha and Malia Beanie Babies

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malia and sasha beanie babiesSomehow the Beanie Baby craze of the 1990's never quite went away. While their heyday may have passed, Ty, Inc. continues to release the tiny cuddlies and people continue to buy them. And their latest offering may seem a bit familiar to you.

As part of their TyGirlz Collection, the company has released two 12-inch plush dolls named "Sweet Sasha" and "Marvelous Malia." The dolls have dark skin and "real doll hair" - one in braids and the other in a side pony-tail. The Sasha doll sports a pink and white dress with hearts while the Malia doll rocks a long-sleeved shirt and capri pants.

Oh, and any resemblance to the daughters of our new president is purely coincidental. The names were chosen because they are "beautiful" and their January release has nothing to do with the recent inauguration. "There's nothing on the dolls that refers to the Obama girls," says Ty spokeswoman Tania Lundeen. "It would not be fair to say they are exact replications of these girls. They are not."

Nope, wouldn't be fair and more importantly, wouldn't be legal. As public figures, the Obama family has a right to decide how their images are used and they clearly did not sign on for this.

Denise Gary Robinson, president of DollsLikeMe.com, believes the dolls will be a hit. "Girls all over the world, of all colors, will be looking for these dolls. They want to identify with these two girls," she said. But again, not because they have anything at all to do with Barack Obama's daughters. Right.

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