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J.K. Rowling to be Turned Into Special Edition Barbie Doll

Posted by: Rosi
February 03, 2010, 06:04 PM

A Sky News article reveals today that a one-of-a-kind J.K. Rowling Barbie doll will be showcased at the world's largest toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany, dressed in a "black wool suit and hot pink top combination." U.S. chat show host Oprah Winfrey, German prime minister Angela Merkel, 2009 U.S. Open winner Kim Clijsters and Swedish Crown Princess Victoria are among the other women to be turned into special edition Barbie dolls for their "role model" status, although the dolls will not go on general sale.

The senior vice president of Barbie International, Rosa Zeegers, commented on why these particular women were selected:

They are true models for girls of all ages, embodying the essence and values of Barbie.
Whether you are four years old or 70 years old, we all need aspirational role models in our lives.
The outfit chosen for the J.K. Rowling doll is based on her wardrobe choice for the 2009 Monsters and Critics Award Banquet.

Many thanks to MuggleNet for the heads up!

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I actually think this is pretty great. There should be more dolls based off of inspirational women. People need to get a grip.

Posted by accio_salmon on February 04, 2010, 01:20 PM report to moderator
216 Points

Terrible! She’s so much more than a freaking Barbie doll! Nice that they’re trying to make Barbie more of a role model, but it makes JKR into more of a Barbie than it makes Barbie into JKR. We value Jo for her mind and heart, not her looks and outfits, which are great, but not the important part!

Posted by Scarlet~Phoenix on February 04, 2010, 01:29 PM report to moderator
4151 Points

lol that’s pretty wild. i want one XD

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on February 04, 2010, 02:27 PM report to moderator
45 Points

oh please no….

Posted by kyraptn on February 04, 2010, 02:50 PM report to moderator
357 Points

This is awesome!

Posted by Rose Lane (roar!) on February 04, 2010, 03:23 PM report to moderator
10592 Points

Eh, ’m not a big fan of Barbie, but they picked the right woman!

Posted by Kristine *ROAR* on February 04, 2010, 03:42 PM report to moderator
10592 Points

Oops i think oit double posted

Posted by Kristine *ROAR* on February 04, 2010, 03:47 PM report to moderator
12348 Points

Barbie? huh?

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on February 04, 2010, 03:53 PM report to moderator
2986 Points

The picture kind of looks somewhat like her so they really did do a good job.

Posted by DH Obsessed [ROAR!] on February 04, 2010, 03:53 PM report to moderator
12348 Points

The barbie doesn’t even look like her! Sorry, but I don’t like it. I’m really happy for Jo and all, getting her own Barbie

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on February 04, 2010, 03:54 PM report to moderator
27 Points

OMG i love harry potter but i thought she was all for real people rather than barbie people

Posted by potpho on February 04, 2010, 04:20 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

I don’t see anything wrong with it… Barbie is a well known brand and all girls know it. It’s not like they made her Barbie look nothing like her… it looks like her, as a normal beautiful woman. Barbie’s are not seen as being shallow for their beauty and anorexic because of how skinny they are. If you look at them that way, then you are the one who thinks about it more often than most. I grew up with Barbie and remember it’s just a young girl’s toy. Nowadays most kids don’t even play with that type of toy because it doesn’t have batteries or lights up and makes sound. Most kids need a tv or a device in front of them to interact, while Barbies are played with the imagination of young girls. Imagination that brought us Harry Potter.

Sorry for my long rant… ignore me if you will. :) lol

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on February 04, 2010, 05:26 PM report to moderator
234 Points

O_o I have to admit I’m a bit weirded out. As much as I enjoyed playing with Barbies as a kid, Barbies are not meant to be role models! They’re just meant to be toys…< / fails at explaning >

But then again, these aren’t dolls which kids everywhere are going to be playing with, so maybe I’m getting all worked up over nothing.

Posted by stella8h8chang on February 04, 2010, 05:43 PM report to moderator
3777 Points

wow thats an odd thing to stumble upon

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on February 04, 2010, 05:44 PM report to moderator
428 Points

cool!.. i hope I can have one of JKR’s barbie…

Posted by alegria35 on February 04, 2010, 06:19 PM report to moderator
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