This fall Mattel will release Barbie Architect as part of its "Barbie I Can Be" line. The doll comes with a pink blueprint holder, hardhat, and black glasses. (How else would you know she's smart?) It's great to see Barbie's entering another brainy field, but we fear her insistance on using pink plastic as a building…
Ken and Barbie split in 2004, but now he's mounting a campaign to win her back by Valentine's Day. While some hope they'll give love another chance, insiders suggest their relationship is just a sham designed to sell dolls.
This video offers a glimpse of the unauthorized doll art at San Francisco's 8th Annual Altered Barbie Exhibition. Some highlights: Barbie being devoured by a spider, various Barbie skeleton dolls, and a man being transformed into a human Ken doll.
The Plastic Collection is here! After the jump, enter a world as pink and frivolous as your tiny shrunken heart — from the minds who brought us the $25,000 Barbie foosball table. Bring your credit card!
Dr. Val Lambros is five years into a 20-year study of how the face ages.
In a recent online poll to determine the next profession to be held by Career Barbie, "computer engineer" won after female scientists campaigned. Actual little girls voted for her to be an anchorwoman because that's "girlier." But does it matter?
Yes, "Negro" is part of her name. [Copyranter]
The plastic lady who gets everything had a tribute in Russia. "We didn't know anything about Barbie in the U.S.S.R.," notes Roza Kamenev, owner of the store where the show took place. Designers created outfits for the doll anyway; Junko Shimada put Barbie in this headscarf and cellophane leggings. [WWD]
"Barbie attracts me because she's very feminine and independent…But most important are her pretty clothes." — A shopper at the new 35,000-square-foot Barbie store in Shanghai. [Washington Post]
"Impossibly patient and unfailingly loyal, he's always waiting for her at the altar and always will be until his plastic decomposes… [Barbie] is a slave to fashion, and he is a slave to her." [Slate]
There are a smattering of news items about Barbie today, since — as we've mentioned several times — this month marks the doll's 50th birthday. Her "midlife crisis" means she's had some interesting developments:
And! The winner (loser) of the TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award is… Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Barbie, whose "skimpy outfit" lets children view her "impossibly long legs and dangerously thin body." [Brandfreak]