Battle for the (Foos)ball with a battalion of Barbies
I'd seen pictures of this oddly unsettling Barbie Foosball (a.k.a. table soccer) table floating around the Internet for months, but figured theChloé Ruchon designed "Barbie-Foot" -- the game is called "babyfoot" in France -- was just a one-off piece of art created for the doll's 50th birthday.
Then, just this morning, I received an e-mail informing me that: 1) said table is part of the current window installation at Colette in Paris, and 2) a supply of just nine of these limited-edition Barbie torture devices, manufactured by Bonzini, a French company that's been making such contraptions since 1936, and are available through the store (though, as of this posting, I couldn't find an online link to purchase the table).
The real kicker isn't anywhere on the table, though -- it's the price tag. The perfect accessory for your Barbie Dream House will set you back a cool 10,000 euros. At current exchange rates that works out to just over $654 per player.
Take that, G.I. Joe.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: The limited-edition "Barbie-Foot" Foosball table. Photo credit: Colette