'Hunger Games' Barbie Lets You Play With a Tiny Katniss

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What an interesting clash of cultures. Katniss Everdeen, butt-kicking savior of Suzanne Collins’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ stands for independence, self-sacrifice and survival under harsh conditions. Barbie, the iconic Mattel toy, stands for bathing suits, nightgowns and flirting with Ken. Can the two ideals intertwine?

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Mattell seems ready to try, as they unveil the first look at Barbie Katniss, which EW shares in a first-look exclusive. At least Mattel avoided the obvious wardrobe choice – Everdeen’s fiery dress – in favor of her battle-ready Hunger Games gear, complete with a mockingjay pin and bow-and-arrow set.

“I chose to dress her in the outfit she wears during the games, since this is where all the non-stop action takes place and is instantly recognizable by fans,” said figure designer Bill Greening of the Katniss Barbie. “Hopefully Hunger Games fans can appreciate the attention to detail. … The doll’s minimalistic style and details — such as her loosely braided hair and makeup-free look — also really embody the heroic character Katniss.”

This isn’t the Barbie of our youth, the one that’s expertly spoofed in the ‘Toy Story’ films. Maybe this suggests a shifting in tides away from superficial toys for young girls? Lisa Simpson will be so proud!

Fans of ‘The Hunger Games’ will be able to pre-order their own Katniss Barbie starting today by visiting BarbieCollector.com. The dolls will be delivered sometime in August.

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