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Friday, July 18, 2008

Bad, Barbie, bad

Newsarama earlier this week reported on a controversy involving Mattel's upcoming Black Canary Barbie doll, and today has an interview with artist Amanda Conner, who designed the Canary outfit for DC's "Birds of Prey." Seems a British religious group has slammed the Black Canary doll - dressed in motorcycle jacket and fishnet stockings - as "filth." The doll is part of a fall line that will feature other DC heroines as well, including Batgirl and Supergirl.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

:-) Ok, I have a question. What age group and/or sex is this Barbie's targeted group?

If it is little girls, I might opt to find a different one for a younger girl rather then try to explain why guys like big girls who dress like this Barbie. ;-)

Are there really any comic guys who are going to buy this Barbie?

Comic Guy2

3:32 PM

Blogger Bill Radford said...

Interesting question. Do little girls want a Black Canary Barbie, since they don't have a clue who Black Canary is? Probably not. (Wonder Woman or Supergirl, maybe.) Which means it is for older, male comic book fans - or girls who don't care about Black Canary but like Barbie as a biker chick, I guess.

7:55 AM

Blogger Marcy said...

Why is everyone saying this has to be little girls vs. adult men? There are adult women out here who like collecting dolls. There are also *gasp* adult female comic book fans. So, while I won't be spending my own money on a Black Canary Barbie, I will be wishing she had been around when I was little. And I'm an adult female.

5:08 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In fact, this doll is aimed at the "collector" more than a child. Some sites say it is for ages 14 and up while others know the $40 price tag will remove it from the average priced Barbie.

Of course, it can also be purchased under it's more common name of "Prostitute Barbie." ;-)
Just a little joke, folk. Yes, I am a guy.

Not at all surprised there are females involved in comics or related fanboy/fangirl topics. I just wish I had been able to get the ladies I know more interested. Most aren't interested in knowing the difference between Spiderman and the Silver Surfer.

Oh well, more comics, movies and collectibles for me. :-)

Comic Guy2

2:31 PM


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