Source: © Kyodo News PR Wire Japan’s Barbie Licca-chan wears face mask, rides Licca Eats scooter, uses self-checkout 2020-06-18 Thu 2020-06-19 Fri In the post-pandemic "new normal" of self-quarantining and social distancing, doll makers have also been stepping up to the plate to make dolls that reflect the times. Mattel's #ThankYouHeroes line features nurses, doctors, delivery drivers, and EMT. But what about the iconic Barbie doll? Mattell featured their existing line of career dolls in a campaign to help get dolls into the hands of children of first-responders. As for reflecting the less urgent and more mundane aspects of life under the pandemic, private collectors like Tonya Ruiz (who goes by the name Grandma Gets Real on Instagram) went viral with her tongue-in-cheek "Quarantine Barbie" series, and there are countless videos on YouTube showing you how to make face masks for Barbie dolls as well artists on Etsy selling ready-made versions. Licca-chan embraces the new normal Meanwhile, the Licca-chan doll, Japan's answer to Barbie, is about to launch a new line of dolls and kits showing Licca adapting to the new normal, or to borrow the buzzword of the day, life ウィズコロナ "with Corona." Let's take a look: Shopping with Liccapay Since we need to practice social distancing, today's Licca-chan uses Liccapay e-cash payment system and shops at a self-checkout cash register. © Kyodo News PR Wire Liccapay shopping park The self-checkout register is part of a larger kit which creates your very own shopping center with two floors, an escalator, shelves, a mini capsule toy machine, a bewildering number of tiny props representing food and daily necessities, as well as props and accessories like Licca-chan's smartphone. © Kyodo News PR Wire If you pull out the separately-sold doctor Licca-chan kit, you can even equip her with a face mask: © Kyodo News PR Wire Licca Eats scooter If you want your food delivered at home, it's nice to know you can count on Licca Eats, and this new scooter item will help you roleplay that scenario. You can see Licca-chan is doing her part as a delivery driver, bringing orders to self-quarantining citizens. It's a working remote-controllable scooter and it comes with a toy tablet with buttons you can control it with. © Kyodo News PR Wire You can learn more about the whole series here at Takara Tomy's Licca-chan website. They also have a special website for parents to enjoy with their kids at home during self-quarantine. By - Ben K. Tags: coronavirus / COVID-19 / delivery driver / Doll / Licca-chan / shopping / social distancing grape Japan Goods Japan’s Barbie Licca-chan wears face mask, rides Licca Eats scooter, uses self-checkout Related Article Japanese university has graduates attend ceremony via robot avatars during coronavirus outbreak Coronavirus pandemic: thermometers and batteries in short supply Empty trains caused by COVID-19 mean changes to JR timetables in Tokyo & Kansai Tokyo Disneyland Hotel staff displays heartwarming hospitality by surprising a guest during coronavirus closure Medical Worker Blasts Ill-Mannered Response To Mask Shortage And Coronavirus At Japanese Hospitals How is the novel coronavirus spreading in Japan?