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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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2168 Points

HAHAHAHAHAHA. ok, sorry, but thats hilarious. our magnificent Jo and barbie?? really? whatever… still, i guess its kinda cool. though barbie doeasnt deserve 2 hav anythin 2 do with Jo

Posted by MaggieNoise on February 05, 2010, 06:27 AM report to moderator
1373 Points

It’s suprisisng… but why not? I mean if these dolls won’t be on general sell and will be done only in 1-10 copies for Barbie museum or something like that, then why not? I thought that the image of practically all famous women has been already used for a Barbie doll…

Posted by Pollytomat on February 05, 2010, 06:47 AM report to moderator
221 Points

I confess myself – disappointed. Unless they make the dolls true to their human models’ body types and make them available for mass market, I see no benefit here.

Posted by rosepug on February 05, 2010, 07:32 AM report to moderator
1420 Points


Posted by alicia00 on February 05, 2010, 07:46 AM report to moderator
2421 Points

@Hermione Elizabeth: totally agree with you.

Most of you people apparently seem to mistake the Barbie franchise dolls with Bratz or whatever trash exists out there. In the last years Barbie has changed shape to more human proportions and always tries, as an “idol” or toy, to promote things such as recycling and other useful stuff. it is not that much of a big deal that Jo is depicted in a way like this. We should not over analyze everything!

I find it a bit funny actually. I can’t wait to listen to Johns comments on this!

Posted by Mr. Brightside on February 05, 2010, 08:14 AM report to moderator
64 Points

That’s kinda funny. Ha ha ha… A JKR barbie doll, ha ha ha, not that it isn’t a great idea, but ha ha ha.

Posted by Xzenoa on February 05, 2010, 08:31 AM report to moderator
4852 Points

NO! She is such a good role model! Please don’t let this happen!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on February 05, 2010, 09:17 AM report to moderator
4852 Points

NO! She is such a good role model! Please don’t let this happen!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on February 05, 2010, 09:17 AM report to moderator
866 Points

I think it’s great that JKR is being honored in this way! There isn’t anything hypocritical about a lady wishing to be seen as being intelligent and attractive. I think Jo’s tried to make the point that girls shouldn’t strive to be beautiful and popular at the cost of their health, self-esteem, and/or achievement of their goals.

Posted by Kami Malfoy on February 05, 2010, 09:27 AM report to moderator
5180 Points

i wanna c that

Posted by hermionenluna TZS ROAR! on February 05, 2010, 09:35 AM report to moderator
866 Points

I don’t see why this news should upset anyone. Barbie has long represented the changing standards of beauty and roles of women in society. They aren’t all blond, blue eyed, hour glass shaped dolls. I was never all that into Barbie collecting, but I remember various editions that reflected the times like business woman w/a brief case, astronaut, and vetrinarian Barbie. So now she is a world renowned author…how is that a bad thing? The only problem I see is that this special edition Jo Barbie ISN’T going to be widely available for the publlic!

Posted by Kami Malfoy on February 05, 2010, 09:44 AM report to moderator
156 Points

I agree with Goury,too….and Iceholic as well, especially with JKR s engagement to help people with eating disorders. sounds perverted to me. But maybe she enjoys the idea to see herself with those big Pershings.
Hey Joanne…..Voodoo also is a Kind of magic, and you re offering the dolls??

Posted by Giant Fairy on February 05, 2010, 10:53 AM report to moderator
4906 Points

Does anyone else find this a bit weird?
looks at comments
Rephrasing: Does anyone NOT find this weird?

Posted by Darth Luna on February 05, 2010, 11:55 AM report to moderator
31 Points

I’m guessing, or rather hoping, that since this is not going on sale they did not need, and did not get, her permission to make this doll.

Posted by fossil_n on February 05, 2010, 03:24 PM report to moderator
738 Points

I fear that the doll itself will be in the standard absurd Barbie shape (I hope not!), but I will applaud the choice of Jo and the other women listed, as real-world role models for girls. It will be kind of silly to pretend that dolls shaped like the archetypal Barbie are really Angela Merkel, Oprah Winfrey, etc., though.

Posted by bettb [ITC!] on February 06, 2010, 02:55 AM report to moderator
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