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Superhero Barbie Dolls
The best DC and Marvel superhero action figures for the Barbie Collector
Barbie has been around in one form or another since 1959.
And she has gone through a ton of incarnations, heck, way more than I had any idea of.
Barbie has had almost every job known, her own cars, pets, dream houses etc.
But did you know that Barbie was something else besides the ultimate career woman?
She's a superhero.
Yes in 2008, Mattel released four Barbie dolls based on DC Comic characters (as part of the Pink Label Collection), and more followed, with Marvel even getting into the act.
What makes these dolls look good is that they look like better made versions of the old Mego dolls.
So here are the Barbies of the comics, mostly good girls, but with a few bad girls thrown in to spice things up.
Barbie as Wonder Woman
Of course you know that there had to be a Wonder Woman Barbie.
She's been around since 1941(Captain America's debut only beat her by nine months) and she is one of DC Comic's Trinity (along with Superman and Batman).
She was created by psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston who also created the polygraph aka the lie detector....magic lasso?
Of course Lynda Carter brought her to life in the Wonder Woman TV series and now we will get Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) played by Gal Gadot, and she will also star in a solo Wonder Woman film.
And Princess Diana will be showing up in Justice League Part One in 2017.
Here is the Barbie Wonder Woman doll that was inspired by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
I may not have liked the movie, but Mattel did a pretty good job with this figure.
It does look a bit like Gal Gadot so I give them props for that.
I don't think that Zack Snyder really had a clue what to do with the movie, but he did seem to at least give us a passable Wonder Woman.
If you overlook the idea that she was an antiques dealer (???)
Where the heck did that come from?
In 2017 we will actually get a Wonder Woman movie that will explain all (I hope) and be a lot better than Batman v Superman (I double hope).
And later on that year she will star alongside in the DC Extended Universe film Justice league alongside all the other altered versions of the DC characters that we grew up with.
Hopefully Wonder Woman will not be too far off the mark and we will get the compassionate, loving warrior that we all know and love.
You know....an actual hero.
Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman Barbie Comic-Con Exclusive
Mattel has released another Gal Gadot Wonder Woman doll.
This one was a 2016 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive doll
It was $80, and came with Wonder Woman’s cape, lasso, sword, and shield.
Yet another Barbie Wonder Woman variation?
Next up is the Man of Steel's cousin, Supergirl.
Kara Zor-El was created in 1959, and although she never achieved the fame of Superman, the Maid of Might has her own rabid following, and her own Barbie.
As much as I love the WW figure, I like this one just as much.
Doesn't she look just a little cocky?
But why shouldn't she be?
All the powers of Superman, plus....hot!
Barbie Collector Supergirl Doll
Okay...right after the Wonder Woman Barbie, this has to be my favorite.
Though she doesn't have WW's accessories, she wears a cropped blue top with yellow trim, low-slung skirt with yellow belt,red cape with yellow trim and red high-heeled boots.
Supergirl Barbie Variation
Barbie as Batgirl
Next up is the female counterpart of the Dark Knight, Batgirl.
Again, she never really rose to the level of Batman, but like Supergirl, she has her own fan base.
Unlike Wonder Woman and Supergirl, Batgirl was created in 1966 and was a collaboration between DC and the Batman television series.
Here is a Barbie Year 2003 Super Hero 12 Inch Doll Set with Barbie as Batgirl complete with Batgirl's Batcycle and Batarang.
Barbie Collector Batgirl Doll
Completing the female version of DC's "Trinity" we have Barbra Gordon aka Batgirl.
She comes with a black cape with yellow lining, yellow gloves, utility belt, knee-high boots.
PLUS the Batcycle and a batarang.
Batgirl Barbie Variation
Black Canary Barbie
Okay, I think Black Canary is the hottest one out of the whole group.
Not counting the fishnets and black leather, look at the way they did her face.
They actually gave her that "Who's next?" look.
And yes, this Barbie caused a bit of a controversy when she appeared on store shelves.
The fishnet hose and black leather gear upset some parents it seems.
But is she any worse than the Bratz dolls?
I mean really.....
Black Canary was actually created back in 1947 by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Carmine Infantino, which puts her almost in Wonder Woman's age range.
Barbie as Catwoman
Yes they have a Catwoman.
Catwoman is the oldest of all the ladies represented here, making her debut in 1941.
They have two Barbie Catwomen, but I'm not gonna focus on the Halle Berry Catwoman.
This is the second Catwoman Barbie that's based on the old comic book outfit.
And it looks much better.
Now if they just had a Julie Newmar Catwoman.....
Barbie as the Hallie Berry Catwoman
Poison Ivy Barbie
Yes, here we have Barbie as an eco-terrorist.
Poison Ivy was created in 1966, (around the same time as Batgirl), made her first appearance in Batman #181 and has been a thorn in Batman's side ever since.
I kinda wish they had gone with the green skin tone from the comics though.
Oh well....maybe next time.
Barbie as Harley Quinn
And if you do Poison Ivy, you have to do her BFF (::cough::) Harley Quinn!
Of course Harley is the side-kick and girlfriend of the Joker, but when Mr. J is away....
Like Batgirl, Harley Quinn was actually originally created for TV, specifically Batman: The Animated Series and later she made her way into the comics.
Here we have a Marvel Comics entry, Elektra.
This is what it says on the box about Barbie/Elektra....
"Elektra, the beautiful and mysterious warrior character from Marvel Comics inspired this Barbie doll all in red with the tools of her trade in hand. Includes a keychain gift for the girl."
Yep, Barbie takes on the form of the woman that next to Dark Phoenix, may have the highest numbers of kills of any female in the Marvel Universe.
And yes, she comes with two sai.