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Barbie's Hot! Though they claim they have no interest in mass production, I can say right now that I'd buy this Barbie. Woo!
posted by dwivian (24 comments total)

 
barbie's got back.
posted by moz at 9:44 AM on November 16, 2001


The creator has a cool name, too : Wingo Wong.
posted by jragon at 9:47 AM on November 16, 2001


Do two Wong's make a White?
posted by suprfli at 10:25 AM on November 16, 2001


Three Weft's do.
posted by Hankins at 10:43 AM on November 16, 2001


She reminds me of Jeanette Lee, sultry mistress of billiards.

Yow!
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:06 AM on November 16, 2001


hmm.

On second thought, "sultry mistress of billiards" sounds a little weird.

Oh well.
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:07 AM on November 16, 2001


barbie ran into some trouble with this in 1999. the butterfly art barbie was pulled from production at some point. i think it has re-emerged but now the tattoos are temporary and can be placed by the owner.

-- Dateline: California -- El Segundo-based Mattel Toys, the world's largest toymaker, has bowed to complaints over their recent "Butterfly Art Barbie." Although the doll -- which features a small butterfly tattoo on her stomach -- will not be pulled from store shelves, the company has abandoned plans to include tattoos and piercings on the upcoming "Generation Girl" line of teen-targeted Barbie dolls. The "Butterfly Art Barbie" is a bestseller, but Mattel has logged "about a dozen" complaints regarding the tattooed toy.

you can still buy the temporary tat version today. and i'm sure you could find the original on one of them there auction sites too.
posted by donkeysuck at 11:14 AM on November 16, 2001


heh .... can't offend those 'dozen' customers can ya.
posted by MintSauce at 11:24 AM on November 16, 2001


In a recent experiment by Mattel to test local creativity, 20 design students in Hong Kong were given two days to dress up the venerable doll and the results certainly have turned heads

I believe this is a typo. What they meant to say was "In a recent experiment to see if we can drum up some free marketing and get consumers to send links to a 'whacky' Barbie article with a picture of our product . . ."

OR perhaps "In an experiment to test the local creativity of our Asian marketing department . . ."
posted by donovan at 11:35 AM on November 16, 2001


Question: Was this link and photo on top of Yahoo! Most Popular before the Metafilter link or as result of it?
posted by joemaller at 11:37 AM on November 16, 2001


Babie's always been hot...
posted by jpoulos at 11:40 AM on November 16, 2001


joemaller: it was also on Fark. two goliaths combined on this one.
posted by starduck at 11:45 AM on November 16, 2001


...but not as hot as Lil' Red Riding Hood.
posted by arco at 11:47 AM on November 16, 2001


Jeez, arco, that's even more twisted that the dragon lady Barbie!

Red's arm articulation allows her two poses: (1) the horrified "oh my! a wolf!" pose, and (2) the non-horrified "oh my! it's cold in the forest!" pose.

She was certainly cold when the artist drew her.
posted by me3dia at 12:22 PM on November 16, 2001


Question: Was this link and photo on top of Yahoo! Most Popular before the Metafilter link or as result of it?

It was there (on top) before it was posted here.
posted by mattpfeff at 12:27 PM on November 16, 2001


reminds me of fury dolls, who makes custom barbies. she-devils, anatomically correct, vampire, mardi gras party girls, playboy bunnies...a weird combo of barbie worship and taking a jab at womens' stereotypes.
posted by patricking at 1:33 PM on November 16, 2001


Be sure to check out such greats as Gangster Bitch Barbie, Sorority Slut Barbie and Exotic Dancer barbie here
posted by SilentSalamander at 1:49 PM on November 16, 2001


Careful, this thread might get a "Cease-and-Desist" order from Mattel
posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 2:00 PM on November 16, 2001


Then of course there were Trailer Trash Barbie and Drag Queen Barbie (Ken in a wig) that got busted by Mattel. I would've loved a Trailer Trash Barbie of my very own.
posted by witchstone at 2:03 PM on November 16, 2001


I like this line from the Yahoo! story:

Parents, however, need not worry their children may be tainted by the less-than-wholesome Barbie as toy giant Mattel Inc has no plans to mass produce her.

I wonder what qualified her for "less-than-wholesome" status: (a) having a tattoo, (b) being asian or (c) wearing black.
posted by Shadowkeeper at 2:43 PM on November 16, 2001


Japanese Get Two for One with Pregnant 'Barbie': "We hope it will help show children the importance of ties between parent and child,'' she said.
posted by Carol Anne at 2:45 PM on November 16, 2001


Didn't Mattel use to regularly sue people for doing this kinda stuff to their Barbie? Personally I think they're a bit too anal about protecting their trademark.

This must be more of an international past time than I thought. Even altculture has a piece about it. (i'm being sarcastic in case you couldn't tell)
posted by ZachsMind at 3:53 AM on November 17, 2001


Artist Keeps Barbies Feb. 23, 2001 — A Utah artist can continue selling photographs of nude Barbies in sexual poses, a federal court has ruled.
posted by Carol Anne at 5:43 AM on November 17, 2001


Parents, however, need not worry their children may be tainted by the less-than-wholesome Barbie ...

What about being tainted by traditional Barbie's antiquated tits-and-ass-and-not-a-brain-to-be-found attitude?
posted by jpoulos at 8:03 AM on November 17, 2001


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