A teacher in the U.K. has created the first talking dollie that speaks Jamaican patois.
Saffron Jackson – of St. Catherine Jamaica, officially launched her Zuree Doll Collection with dollie Toya, at the Jamaican High Commission in the U.K. in November.
Toya – described as African/Caribbean, with brown skin, brown eyes, and black curly hair, is the line’s premier product. She is designed as a confident and beautiful young girl who has recently moved to the UK from Jamaica that shares her love of her culture.
When squeezed, Toya speaks several Jamaica Patois phrases, and praises Jamaica’s beautiful island and sunshine.
Jackson – who said her phone has been ringing non-stop since launching her dolls, did not only surpass her sales target of 400 dolls during Christmas, but is still getting order from countries such as Amsterdam, Australia, Estonia, Germany, and the U.S., which proves there is a massive demand for Jamaican culture.
Toya, is the first of the Zuree doll line but Jackson plans to create others. She is working with a designer based in Jamacia to develop a clothing line for her Zuree Dolls, has published the first book in her Zuree Girls book series, and will also debut a Rasta-talking bear in march.
Zuree Dolls cost £50, which is about US$62, and more than JA$7900. The Zuree Facebook page currently has more than 3,400 likes.