It's an action figure! No, it's a Barbie doll! Stop! You're both right!
Trust Mattel to shortly roll out two playthings in one. In this case, it's a Tomb Raider Barbie doll, just in time for the cinematic remake of the vanity vehicle that originally starred Angelina Jolie, scheduled to kick some butt on March 16. There's also reportedly a new arcade game that will be unleashed on the market in time for the film's debut.
Tomb Raider Barbie was officially revealed on Saturday at the Mattel Collector show as part of the New York Toy Fair. Presales of the toy began the following day on barbie.com, with fans being able to acquire the doll for $29.99. Besides a look that's based on actress Alicia Vikander's portrayal of the heroine, this kick-ass version of Barbie also includes such mandatory accessories as an axe, a journal, a map, and a doll stand.
Oh, and just to ensure collectors are getting their money's worth, Mattel's even throwing in a certificate of authenticity.
This is the latest incarnation of Barbie, originally introduced to the world in 1959 by Mattel co-owner Ruth Handler. The figure resembed glamour icons at the time, like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. But Barbie wasn't content to stay in the kitchen. Nope, Mattel created up to 50 careers for the toy icon, including fashion icon, paleontologist, doctor, engineer, and even an astronaut. At times, she has morphed into an overly tanned Malibu Barbie and at one point, even as a Latina.
She's also had an on-and-off relationship with the equally plastic Ken, and on at least six occasions even run for President. Adding to the arcane resume, in the '90s some detractors created a trailer trash Barbie (complete with a redneck Ken) and an avant-garde design duo even concocted a drag queen version of the doll dubbed Blond Diamond Barbie, complete with a dizzying array of sparkly dresses.
Given her background, the notion of inflicting carnage on crypts and smacking an assortment of baddies doesn't seem out of reach. And at the end of the day, have you ever seen anything on a shelf that looks so cool in cargo pants and a tank top?