Monday, April 9, 2012

Does not play nicely with others....

Mattel, Mattel, Mattel....

Like most mothers of little girls, I have issues with Barbie already.  I'll admit that.

The unattainable physique, the air headed main characters in the movies, the idea that all you need is an outfit change and the right pair of shoes and you can do anything.

Sigh.

The plastic image of beauty shoved down the willing throats of little girls, eager to look just like her.

Then, last month, in a move that probably surprised a lot of skeptics, like me, they decided to release a bald Barbie in support of cancer patients. To embrace the idea that all women are beautiful, even those who've lost their hair to the scourges of treatment.

It was a step in the right direction.

Then, this.
What the hell?  Like she had mascara on in the arena...
Katniss Everdeen, in doll form.

I guess it's just me and my firm beliefs that there are certain characters that shouldn't be molded and mass produced.  Katniss, and everything she stands for, is one of them.

She's not terribly feminine, at least not without a ton of help from her stylists. Barbie is always fabulous, all the time.

She's tough and rugged, Barbie went camping once.

She's not a believer in fairy tales and princes, where Barbie is often the face of the fantasy.

She's a reluctant symbol, where Barbie is an intentioned one.

She can never decide who she loves, playing two men against one another.  Barbie only has eyes for Ken.

Oh, and she's a killer.

Yep, Katniss Barbie is a killer.

Make sure you don't leave her alone with the other dolls...she definitely does not play nicely with others.

7 comments:

  1. Way to ruin Katniss, Mattel. (Found you from Kelly, above).

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    1. Thanks for the share, I'm following you now. :)

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  2. OOh, I bet in the meeting eyes lite up when discussing how they can make you buy her outfits that she wore to the opening ceremonies and all the tour places separately.

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    1. Seriously....Tom was like, you know the only reason they are doing this is for money obviously. Parents that wouldn't ordinarily buy Barbie might buy this one, opening up a whole new market. And the wardrobe....sigh.

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