December 10, 2007

Look at all these edible-panda-come-latelies

Red panda pop tarts? WHY WAS I NOT INFORMED OF THIS???

Oh, right, because it's to do with Barbie and I am not a preadolescent girl. Still, my friend Mary was totally the pioneer of icing-based red panda art.

Speaking of Barbie, Lorinne was passing a store window today and noticed that Rose and I are not the only ones who own an agile cat named Twyla. Barbie's character in Barbie and the 12 Dancing Princesses (yes, Barbie is an "actress" appearing in an animated film), Genevieve, has a dancing cat, also named Twyla. See them together here, or see toon Twyla by herself here. (Note that the two versions of the cat look nothing like each other.)

While looking up these items on Amazon, I suffered the culture shock of seeing a zillion other Barbie toys. The one I found most memorable was this one, and not merely because that outfit is probably purchasable from your finer sex shops, but because the name is such a delightful melange of made-up words: Barbie Fairytopia Mermaidia Glitter-Swirl Fairy Doll.

But the modern Barbie franchise does not merely cater to cosplayers. There are dolls both for foot fetishists and for people who prefer women with no feet whatsoever.

Posted by Francis at 12:01 AM

The zillion Barbies is a desperation move more than anything else IMHO. The Bratz line is still eating into their sales bigtime.

Posted by: Toonhead! at December 10, 2007 08:16 AM

"Barbie Fairytopia Mermaidia Glitter-Swirl Fairy Doll"? Clearly the rumors are true: Mattel has outsourced their doll-naming responsibilities to Strong Bad.

(Side note: didn't San Francisco already register the "Fairytopia" trademark?)

Posted by: Rubrick at December 10, 2007 04:18 PM

I'm still a big fan of Oktoberfest Barbie.

Posted by: Scott at December 12, 2007 11:28 PM

That's awesome. She's like the St. Pauli Barbie.

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