‘Marvelous Malia’ and ‘Sweet Sasha’ Retired

By Caitlin Taylor

Feb 3, 2009 2:21pm

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies reports:  Ty Inc. has retired their "Marvelous Malia" and "Sweet Sasha" dolls. The Beanie Baby maker earned the ire of the First Lady, after the dolls bearing her daughters names debuted.  Michelle Obama’s spokeswoman released a statement saying, "We believe it is inappropriate to use young, private citizens for marketing purposes." The company refused repeated requests for an interview with ABC News, but had told reporters that the dolls were not inspired by the First Tweens, but rather that they simply liked the names.  The dolls retail for $9.99 each and are sure to be snatched up by collectors.  On last check, they were selling on eBay.com for as high as $129.00. –Yunji de Nies

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