She’s been a Malibu girl, a jazzercise pro, an air steward and even fronted her own rock band, so it’s no surprise that Barbie is heading to outer space yet again. What is a surprise that after it first came into our consciousness 42 years ago, this is the first time that Barbie is heading to a galaxy far, far away.
Yes two of the world’s biggest merchandise franchises are joining forces. To celebrate the release of the final Star Wars film in the Skywalker saga – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Lucasfilm and Mattel are partnering for a new line of Barbie dolls. However, instead of Barbie donning looks from the latest film, she will be rocking looks inspired by designs and concept artwork from the original film – 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.
The collection will consist of three classic Star Wars figures – Princess Leia, R2-D2 and Darth Vader. While R2 and Vader only have one look over the course of the original trilogy (okay Vader might have two if you count when Luke takes his mask off at the end of Return of the Jedi), Leia has a number of distinct looks, with two just in A New Hope. However, as you would expect, it’s the virginal white robes and Danish bun hairstyle that has made the cut for the collection. All three looks have a bit of a twist to them, though.
Described by Mattel as “a distinctive Barbie high-fashion filter”, the Star Wars x Barbie figures look like Vogue has been let loose in the Star Wars world. While Leia is at least recognisable (though the alliance purse and high heel sandals are not really practical trying to break out of the Death Star), Vader looks like a cross between The Devil Wears Prada’s Miranda Priestley and a dominatrix. The official description from Mattel states that they have captured “Darth Vader’s Sith armor silhouette in a head-to-toe shiny-black ensemble… Metallic details at her collar and waist, dark glasses and an emblematic black cape finish the look”.
R2-D2 is… interesting. Definitely an interesting character choice to go with and the look ends up being my idea of early Lady Gaga doing R2. The C-3PO clutch is a nice touch, though.
Priced at US$100 each, these are definitely collectible items and not your run-of-the-mill Barbie dolls to play with and experiment cutting their hair etc. The figures go on sale mid-November ahead of The Rise of Skywalker’s December release. If you can’t wait that long, they are now available for pre-order.
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