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Black Canary Barbie

Updated on February 19, 2015
Black Canary Barbie
Black Canary Barbie | Source

Meet The Black Canary Barbie Doll, A Mattel Black Label Collection Doll and A Super Heroine From the 1940s

Barbie is no stranger to controversy but with Mattel's release of the Black Canary Barbie in 2008 as part of the Black Label Collection, people wonder if perhaps Mattel has gone too far.

Maybe Mattel has. Or maybe not. After all, this limited edition doll was designed for and is being marketed to adult collectors and comic book fans.

What do you think? Although this page was not created with the intention of debating this issue, it will give you the chance to voice your opinon, either way, on this issue. It will also provide more information and links related to the doll and, if you are a collector, it will help you find your very own Black Canary Barbie!

Who Is the Black Canary?

Who Is the Black Canary?

Prior to reading about the Black Canary Barbie, I have to admit that I did not know WHO the Black Canary was. (Obviously, I am not too knowledgeable about my superheroes!) After doing some research, I now know that Black Canary is a comic book super heroine from the late 1940s with martial-arts skills and a loud, sonic scream that can shatter objects and injure villains.

Black Canary Barbie was designed for an adult collector market and as such, she is definitely an amazing work of art. She sports a black faux-leather bodysuit and jacket, tights and boots with gold details. She features long blond hair with bangs and gloves, once again with gold details like the boots.

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Black Canary Barbie is From Mattel's Black Label Collection

The Black Label Collection features Barbies for collectors aged 14 years of age and older.

"When Barbie visits Star City, she needn't worry about crime when Dinah Lance, the Black Canary, is on the case! Mattel recreates the DC Comics' heroine as a Barbie Famous Friends: Black Canary doll, which stands nearly 12" tall. With her comics-authentic costume of black leather jacket, black fishnet stockings, and black thigh boots, Barbie's friend Black Canary will keep the criminal element at bay!" - Amazon

The Black Canary First Appeared In DC Comic's Flash #86 In August, 1947

DC Flash Comic
DC Flash Comic | Source

What do you think of Black Canary Barbie?

Has Mattel gone too far with the Black Canary Barbie or should she simply be accepted as she was intended, as an adult collector's item? I look forward to receiving your responses and hearing what you have to say. However, please note that I will be moderating the comments. Debate is fine and everyone has a right to their own opinion, if expressed in an acceptable manner.

So, what do you think of the Black Canary Barbie?

"Here's the thing that really bewilders me. If I do a google image search for "Barbie swimsuit" I find lots of different Barbie dolls wearing less clothing than this Black Canary version." - Jason M. Bryant

© 2009 Treasures By Brenda

What do you think of Black Canary Barbie?

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      7 years ago

      I think she is gorgeous! I don't think Mattel went too far...they did intend it for adult collectors and I'll bet the Comic Book folks loved her. Very cool lens!

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      8 years ago

      I'd never heard of this, but that doll is really cute. ^^

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      8 years ago

      I had no idea she existed, my first lens is about vintage Barbies, I think she's very beautiful, and thank you for educating me about the Canary doll.

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Ah, superhero character. She does make a stunning Barbie. Returning the lensroll to my Supergirl lens. (Thanks!)

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      Tonie Cook 

      9 years ago from USA

      Something lovely for the child or child at heart. This is beautifully informative page about the Canary Barbie.

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      10 years ago

      The page looks great Brenda!Thanks for the posts of the pix and the great coverage!You already know my view on Black Canary! ;)lolWarmest Autumn Regards!v.

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      10 years ago

      I guess I have Christmas on my mind - I keep thinking what a great gift -- to find one of the collectible comics and add the doll to the gift! A collector's dream!

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      10 years ago

      She's certainly a beautiful doll. A far cry from my old Barbie doll with a wardrobe lovingly sewn by my grandmother! Blessed and featured on my Squid Angel Diary this week.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      I think it is nice that they have updated her face and hair although it makes her look more current than 1940s. Will Black Canary comic book collectors also want the Black Canary Barbie?

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, what a great item for an adult's collection. I think she's beautiful and have no problem with it at all. The pictures are outstanding!

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      I love Barbie and appreciate the adult collectible dolls. Nicely done!


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