Friday, August 14, 2009

Twilight Barbie

The main characters of the Twilight series are being made into Barbies. Not totally surprising, but I have a couple of questions:
1. Does the Bella Barbie have perpetual high heel feet in those sneakers?

2. Does the Edward Barbie sparkle?

3. Why does the "Assortment Case" come with two Edwards?

The only appropriate answers to questions 1 and 2 should be "No" and "Yes."

As for question 3, I'm not quite sure I have an answer to that one. Either Mattel figured out the basic Ken doll frame flaw of his head and legs popping off for no reason is irreparable (No seriously. Ask anyone.) Or, Mattel assumes that the set will be bought by mothers (or gay uncles/fathers) and given to a daughter, only to quickly steal Edward 2 away, because they simply cannot help themselves. Frankly, I don't really see the draw and think Cedric Diggory Robert Pattinson was completely miscast, as made evident by the striking similarity Mattel achieved with his smashed in nose and eerily high cheekbones.

Let's hope it is option number 1 (read: boyfriends are replaceable). Because otherwise, Mattel has succeeded in completely ignoring any agency young women readers could have found in Bella, since they believe that consumers are far more interested in her boyfriend than her.

And really, (is this really a spoiler alert?) there should be two versions of Bella. But then again, it does look like Mattel was content with just closing the mouth of generic Barbie to cast Bella, so physical changes won't matter so much.

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