It’s Educational! of the Day: Mattel announced today that it plans to release a line of premium dolls for adults called the “Barbie Fashion Model Collection,” which will include a set of dolls based on characters from the critically acclaimed AMC show Mad Men.
From the New York Times:
“ ‘Mad Men’ represents so beautifully the universe that created Barbie,” said Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, because the series is about the selling of the American consumer society. […]
“I have this fantasy of an 8-year-old getting a set” of the dolls, he added, “and saying: ‘Mom, can Chelsea come over? We want to play “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.” I’m going to be the organization man, and she’s going to be the soulless drone.’ ”
The dolls will be available for purchase through amctv.com, barbiecollector.com, and at specialty stores for $74.95 each.
I want the Pete Campbell doll so I can give it to my dog for a chew toy.