Barbie goes to the dark side

@Debs_place (10524)
United States
July 16, 2008 3:13pm CST
Barbie, that favorite doll of girls everywhere is taking a step to the darkside. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1428128.ece This new Barbie to be released in September is based on a comic book hero, and is wearing a black leather jacket and boots and black fishnet stockings. Now I don't have a daughter but If I had one, I would not want my daughter playing with that doll. Tell me what you think! Would you be buying this. Tell me about your childhood Barbie memories. If you are a collector, would you get this one?
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19 responses
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Hilarious! I don't collect or play with Barbies but I thought it was rather cute Since it is based on a comic book character I'm sure all the Barbie collectors will collect one as soon as they come out.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I am almost certain that is the only ones that will buy this model. Would you buy a child this doll? I sure wouldn't. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Cute! I think Barbie has sunk to a new low. I am sure some of the collectors out there will want them, but I think more guys will want them or the comic book collectors. COuldn't they just have made it an action figure?
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I would buy this doll for a child, certainly. Have you seen the crap that they television shows these kids? The doll is so tame. My teenager asked me a moment ago what was all the fuss about, she doesn't see a single thing wrong with that doll
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@irishidid (8716)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Seeing as it comes from The Sun, I doubt its validity.
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
17 Jul 08
It is valid This is Mattels official web site for http://www.barbiecollector.com/showcase/product.aspx?id=1003820&t=modern
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Thanks deebomb, it is valid, Mattel has it on their Website. What is wrong with the sun --- is that like our version of the National Enquirer?
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
19 Jul 08
That's about the right level,I think
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
16 Jul 08
S&M Barbie - Hmmmm? Starnges days lately it seems even for kids.
I wonder if they have this available in real life size? There is no way any kid of mine would have owned a doll of this type. I wonder if they will make any money on this S&M Barbie doll. Unreal isn't it? Grrr! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I assume that you want it for you?! Some kids never grow up. I agree, no kid of mine would play with this. I have to wonder what the manufacturers are thinking. We have people screaming about poor Harry Potter, there will be toy burning over this.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
This sounds kind of tame. I remember a company some time back that was sued successfully by Mattel to stop them from buying Barbies and repackaging them. Yes, there was a company buying Barbies and giving them make overs to include brand new boxes and clothes. The names of these 'bootleg' Barbies? Remember, now, they had outfits and packaging to match these names. "Trailer Trash Barbie" and "Hooker Barbie". Imagine it.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=1994 Here, I found a link to this old story. The guy sold about 100 dolls and has some even more interesting Barbie creations it turns out.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Wow, and to think I missed this one. This is amazing...trailer trash barbie and hooker barbie --- what a world we live in. I guess Mattel has loosened their standards since 1994.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I found a picture or Trailer Trash Barbie - she remind me of Britney Spears!
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@ShepherdSpy (8561)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
17 Jul 08
I saw this article in the Paper! I'm just trying to figure who this Doll is being aimed at? Little Girls? Avid Barbie Collectors? Comic Book Guys? I'm not familiar with this "Black Canary" Comic Book Character,So whose Idea was it to have "Barbie" Portray her? Tooling up for an action figure would cost too much,so let's give "Barbie" a makeover instead,was that it? Does this Mean "Black Canary" is going to be the next Comic book Creation to get Her own Movie and/or series? I'm at least familiar with Catwoman,and look how well that Movie Outing went down..(circling the drain!) Somebody mentioned the Artist who did the "Trailer Trash" Barbie some Years back,and they sued Him! sounds like they're taking a leaf out of his book! Maybe he should countersue!
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
17 Jul 08
The Trailer Trash guy obviously was ahead of his time or maybe he is now working for Mattel. I think the problem was he used barbie dolls and the moniker that Mattel owned. Who has not heard the name Barbie on a person without thinking the doll. I had a friend had a child (pre-Barbie days) who was named Barb and she had a brother Ken. When Barbie came out, she got to the point where she hated the dolls.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
17 Jul 08
I feel sorry for those 2 kids(Kids that were,anyway..they'd be long grown by now!)...On the brighter side,it could have been worse-they could have BEEN named for the Dolls! (Parents wouldn't be that unkind in naming their offspring,would they?) Mind You,Look at the Number of kids that are growing up now with the names of 80's pop stars and footballers saddled on them...
@gemini_rose (16192)
16 Jul 08
I would buy it, but then I collect certain ones that I find unusual so this would go nicely in my collection. If my daughter go her hands on it, she would not appreciate the clothing on it anyway as every doll or teddy with clothes on gets stripped within minutes! I would not probably buy it for her, but I would buy it for me!
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Well I can give you buying it as a collector and not for your daughter. Do you see it an an investment?
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@gemini_rose (16192)
16 Jul 08
Honestly? no, it would just be something for me. I am not weird or anything though, its just that as a child I loved my dolls and hated having to grow up and not be able to have them. I have quite a few unusual barbie dolls and one or two limited editions that I have bought for my enjoyment. I also like things that are a bit different.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I am not sure if I would buy that barbie or not. I would have to see it first before I made up my mind. My daughters had barbie dolls and my mother and I bought patterns and made clothes, boy were they ever decked out. haha They did look real nice though.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Shame on me, slap my hand and wash my mouth out with soap. hahaha I just looked at the link you provided and it is nothing what I thought it would look like. I was thinking more like motorcycle riding clothes??? I also have never seen a comic that had a character like that. I love the look of the second one they had on that link. Now that is barbie.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Yes, I learned how to sew on the sewing machine making doll clothes and many of them were scraps of fabric of what I was wearing. Trust me there were no black fishnet stockings or leather jackets in the repertoire. I am glad you did stop and look at the link. This gave you a better idea of what I was talking about, the second doll was more Barbie-esque. Though she is still a bit out of proportion for a healthy body image.
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17 Jul 08
I wonder, do you think that if they hadn't called it 'Barbie' anyone would care?
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I am sure Mattel would not have but then would the collectors who bought these dolls wanted them?
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I wouldn't want my daughters playing with ANY Barbie. She promotes low self esteem and encourages young girls to have bad self image, and be focused on clothing and looks, instead of intelligence and sensibility. Did you know that if a real person was proportioned the same way as barbie, she wouldn't be able to stand up straight? Not only that, but in the 90s they came out with a talking barbie. One of the things she said was "Math is Hard"What better way to teach our girls to be stupid and sl*tty - but to have some blonde bimbo doll teaching them that math is supposed to be hard. My daughters will never have a barbie - leather clothed or not, Barbie is outdated, stereotypical and anorexic looking.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I was under the impression that Barbie's proportions had changed to be more realistic, I guess that has not happened. I just found this article on the history of Barbie. One of the other things that barbie said was 'let's go shopping'. Wow, she is a girly girl. http://silverchips.mbhs.edu/inside.php?sid=604
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@pitstop (9712)
• India
17 Jul 08
This is part of a growing trend where adults design kid toys, kid TV shows, kid cartoons without realising the effect this has on kids. Dolls, cartoons etc now have sexually suggestive clothes and lines and are becoming more violent. No wonder the world is becoming more violent and aggressive - the kids are literally taught these things everyday on TV, toys, cartoons etc - the very thing thatv was supposed to be clean and child-friendly. I would never buy this doll for my child. Heck! Now I'll never buy another barbie doll for her PS: I still don't have a child!!
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
17 Jul 08
You know my son was little for a short time, I monitored what he watched, saw and did. I tried to keep him a child. This doll is definitely counterproductive to a person who wants their child to act and dress age appropriate. I hope I never see this in Wal-Mart or toys r us.
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@allen0187 (34548)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
my kind of barbie. not that i'played any barbie when i was younger but i guess the makers of barbie are just keeping up with the times. i don't think that little girls will want this kind but i guess those who are into the comic books will want one as part of their collection. just my 2 cents.
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Yes, i think the collectors will want this and I hope you are right, the little girls won't.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
16 Jul 08
Well, I am not really sure.You see I could give it the dark side meaning you mention, but a child would not. For a child it would be just a doll with different clothes,no darkness attached:) As for my childhood barbie memories they're.... close to nothing, I was one of those girls that didn't have much patience to play with dolls. I would look at them, appreciate how pretty they looked and them throw them into a basket or shelf. Occasionally I would take them out, grab some fabric scraps and make a few dresses - maybe closer to this new dark barbie than the "normal" dresses hehehehe and then throw them back to the basket grab my ball and leave to play ball in the park LOL I am not a collector - of dolls or anything - but if I was I would probably get this one too.
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
17 Jul 08
But how many kids would get the idea they want to dress like their new barbie doll. I think this is pretty inappropriate for kids. I don't care if they understand or not - they will want to emulate.
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@morgandrake (2136)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I would not want my child playing with it. There are words to be said about the new look, but I won't print them here. I am glad that I do not collect Barbies; my wife would give me some strange looks if I did; she would also say some things about this one. Not that either of us are prudes; but she is a school teacher, and even we think that there are certain limits to what children should be exposed to.
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I tend to be conservative and really wonder about the value of giving them to 2 and 3 year old kids, but this should not be given to kids at all. I have never heard of a male collecting Barbies, but I am sure they are out there.
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@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
18 Jul 08
LMFAO omg so I'm a very laid back, openminded and far from your standard kinda mom..now that being said I have to admit that I dont think this sort of Barbie would be for ALL girls BUT I would have bought it for my daughter if she wanted it back when she was of Barbie playing age (if she actually played with Barbies that is LOL) Why? Well its the perfect VILLIAN Barbie for starters (in the eyes of a child I mean) and its just a doll ya know..PLUS I'm very open wiht my kids and they are very openminded and just wouldnt be affected in a negative way etc ya know...But like I said I realizet that not all parents/caregivers or children for that matter would see it that way.. Truth be told though, its no different to a Cher doll that was out several yrs ago if I'm remembering correctly
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@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
18 Jul 08
this would be ONE of the scantly clad Cher dolls that came out some time ago http://www.collectiblestoday.com/ct/product/prdid-1602455001.jsp
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Wow, it is similar to Cher. But i think Cher was aimed at a different audience. This doll would appeal to Baby boomers. A comic book character would be marketed to the readers of these comic books - the young. But you are right, she could be a villain Barbie. Again sort of like Cruella de ville.
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
18 Jul 08
A comic book character would be marketed to the readers of these comic books - the young. AHH BUT most of those comic books ARE NOT geared for children..they are ADULT GRAPHIC NOVELS..just like Barb Wire and Vampirella or Dark Angel which I personally love..These books may be called "comic" books BUT they arent like Archie ya know..thats where alot of ppl maybe get confused...That being said, why Matell would make a doll based on an adult character may baffle some ppl BUT bringin the Cher doll into the equation again, realistically how many kids REALLY wanted a Cher doll...just like then it was geared to teh collectors ya know.. But you are right, she could be a villain Barbie. Again sort of like Cruella de ville. Exactly LOL and knowing my kids and their cousins, friends etc etc thats exactly what a doll like that would be used for..the role of the villian
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
19 Jul 08
We have to be more protective of the children each year. I have Grand-children and I worry about them. They have to be taught to be scared of so many things from the time they begin to walk. Now there is a toy to protect them from. This is just so sad. Where will it end?
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Exactly, I think toys should put them in a good world, not an evil world. I thought that doll was very scary and not appropriate for a child.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
I thought it was scary too. It really concerns me
@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
17 Jul 08
if i collected them I'd get it but...I doubt id buy the doll for a child..,just because of the clothing mind you. HOWEVER the clothing for my sisters and i growing up was a non issue we always stripped them of the things they came in and used the clothes our mom made for them. They were usually in clothing mom made or...honestly we'd leave them unclothed in the Barbie box so our ones we were playing with had awesome closets full of clothing. At least she doesn't have a big head like the BRATZ.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
17 Jul 08
A lot of people seem to object to Bratz. Mom made the clothing? Mom had me on the sewing machine making the clothing when I was just a tyke of 6 or 7. I learned to sew. By 14 I was making fully lined jackets, and skirts. aBut I never could put in a zipper.
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@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
18 Jul 08
Yeah mom made the clothing. Honestly i didn't have any interest in sewing until i graduated from high school and moved in with grandma to go to university then i started quilting. My only objection to the bratz is i hate the big heads on them. I really liked the movie they had out titled Bratz.
• United States
17 Jul 08
OMG! I have girls who like Barbie, but I guarantee they will NOT be getting this one! It's so hard as it is because it's not easy to find dolls that don't have skimpy clothes or way too much makeup. Isn't it bad enough that dolls are perfectly proportioned all the time, making girls think that's what women are suppoesd to look like? ugh.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I always thought of barbie as being dressed more like the Disney Princess in gowns and looking wonderful. But they never had the class of the Disney Princess. This one is more in the class of Cruella de Ville. Evil
@valeria1 (2723)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Wow! Is this new barbie for kids or daddys? LOL
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Very good question!
@deebomb (15319)
• United States
17 Jul 08
It's hard enough to buy clothes that look like little girls clothes these days with out having this to have influence them. No I wouldn't buy this doll or any other Barbie dolls for little or big girls. Nore would I buy the Bratz dolls they are just so ugly. To tell you the truth I'm glad that all the girls in my family are too grown up for Barbie or any other dolls. That includes grandchildren.