Come on Barbie, Let’s Go Party With This New ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Batman Doll
Boy, these new Barbie body types are sure getting really specific. I mean, it makes sense for Mattel to attempt to reach a broader, more diverse audience by releasing new Barbies that better match the girls and young women of the world, but aging, rich white dude with trust issues hardly seems like it will strike the right chord. The only thing this might strike is fear into the hearts of criminals.
Though Mattel had announced the full DC Trinity (in their Batman vs. Superman garb) would be getting the Barbie treatment at San Diego Comic-Con last year, the only doll anyone got to see was Wonder Woman. The Amazonian princess certainly looked the part, but nobody really knew what to expect from a potential Batman or Superman at the time. With Toy Fair 2016 right around the corner, and Mattel having a large Barbie and DC Comics presence at the show, it seemed like we might get our first glimpse at the Bruce and Clark Ken dolls in a few weeks. Thanks to Amazon, we no longer have to wait for Batman.
Now don’t go taking those $100 price points to heart just yet. That’s just some eager Amazon sellers trying to get a jump on the speculation market. I’d expect these Barbie dolls to be much more affordable at retail when they arrive in full this spring. Provided you can find them anywhere. It’s been tough sledding finding movie-based Barbie dolls for things like The Hunger Games or even the more classically-styled Batman ‘66 dolls released a few years ago, which were around $25 each.
As you can tell from the packaging, the Dawn of Justice line will be part of the Barbie Black Label series, which is where many of the licensed and more elaborate Barbies have come from these last few years. Unlike the Batman ‘66 Ken doll, it doesn’t appear as if this Batman’s cowl can come off to reveal the handsome billionaire beneath it. Then again, it’s actually hard to tell what with all the images thus far only being of the doll in the package. It’s also hard to tell just how nice the Batman looks in these stock photos. The articulation doesn’t look bad, and the suit appears flexible enough to move him around a bit, but it also looks a bit too shiny.
We’ll find out more about the Batman vs. Superman Barbie line, and all the other DC Comics goods Mattel has planned for 2016 at Toy Fair in a few weeks.