by Darnell Washington, Newsophile Staff Writer
EL SEGUNDO, CA -- Leveraging the intense interest of the 2016 election for U.S. President just weeks prior to the November 8th election, global leader Mattel, famous for its collection of Barbie dolls and accessories, has announced what it claims are 'authentic' Scratch 'n Sniff dolls in the likeness of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald J. Trump.
"No expense was spared for this exciting new product," said Jackson Sinclair, Chairman and CEO of the toy giant, "including consulting with Sebastian Burr, the world's most foremost fragrance expert."
Burr, a former scent-critic-turned consultant, considers the dolls among his most challenging assignments to date, explaining that capturing the essence of two such polarizing figures was far beyond the scope of his usual job of helping to create a new perfume.
To achieve this goal, the Trump doll was subdivided into distinct body regions, all of which required a different scent, such as mint for the lips (to emulate Tic Tacs) or 'gamey female smell' for his now-infamous hands.
But Burr insists that there are also many 'hidden secrets of olfactory delight' to be discovered by discerning doll owners, as he believes that fragrance can powerfully capture a feeling, moment, or emotion.
Still, not everyone agrees that Burr accurately captured the unique fragrance markers of the two candidates.
Anne Dean, a co-founder of Pacific Coast Research in Los Angeles, said that her initial focus group of the new product found the Trump version smelling like 'the worst casserole ever.' Adds Dean, "It's as if this doll man's hands, feet and lips had been just about everywhere. And beneath all of that is that weird smell which someone gets from a spray tan. One lady even threw up!"
For its part, Mattel is introducing the dolls only as collector's items, and is thus limiting the number of units produced. Interested buyers can currently reserve their doll -- including customizing it with fragrance add-ons such as "Trump's Strip-Bar Extravaganza" or "Hillary's Campaign Yeast Infection" -- only from Mattel's Web site through the end of 2016.