Astronaut Barbie, Newborn Baby Doctor Barbie and Rock Star Barbie, get ready to answer some tough questions asked by journalist Barbie. The 125th -- and newest -- career path for Mattel's 51-year-old doll is news anchor, and she's available to join your news-gathering team as of this month.
The prospect of News Anchor Barbie was first announced at the New York Toy Fair back in February (we can only assume she's either been working on her reel or has been embedded with Ken's platoon in Afghanistan in the interim), beating out four other occupation choices -- architect, computer engineer, environmentalist and surgeon -- in a first-ever global vote.
Frankly, we were much more excited at the notion of a Newspaper Beat Reporter Barbie (rumpled outfit and cold cup of coffee optional), or Ink-stained Section Editor Barbie (with hair that it can pull out in handfuls), but we'll take whatever appreciation of the news-gathering trade we can get.
With the tag line "A flair for journalism -- and power pink!," News Anchor Barbie is truly camera-ready, her blond hair in a blunt-cut 'do and wearing a pink suit with black contrast taped lapels, a black camisole top, a light pink frilly skirt that ends well above the knee, and black high-heels accented with pink bows. (We hope it comes with a warning label about conducting interviews in the New York Jets locker room). She is also accessorized with a pink news folder, a news camera and a microphone.
Our only question: How much longer do we need to wait for Blogger Barbie to arrive on the scene?
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: Announced in February, Mattel's News Anchor Barbie hits store shelves nationwide this month. Credit: Mattel