I Love Mad Men And So Does BarbieMarch 11, 2010
Mad men is currently one of my favourite shows. It has featured in magazines and has been showered with awards. Now Mattel has created Barbie and Ken dolls based on four of the main characters on the show: Don Draper, his wife Betty, work colleague Roger Sterling and office manager Joan Holloway who was having an affair with Sterling in the first series. According to the report on the New York Times website, these dolls will have everything except cigarettes and (admittedly glamorous) alcohol. Why not? If they are premium dolls for the adult market, what’s the problem? Can’t we trust the adults to not be influenced by these items? That would’ve happened just by watching the show! Leaving that quibble aside, they do look good, though I would’ve liked the Joan Barbie to be more curvy. She’s a bit too thin. Have a look at the pic below and tell me what you think.
Between 7-10,000 copies of each doll will be on sale at speciality stores and online shops at a cost of around $75, or if you want the English translation, £50 sterling. Now as much as I love the show, I’m not sure I love it enough to type in my card details with shaking hands to send £200 in cyberspace. Still, I’m sure whoever does buy these dolls will enjoy them for many years to come.
This is the premium market of course, but there have been spin off merchandise from TV shows and films for donkey’s years. Have you ever bought into this? What did you get and did you think it was worth it?