For some reason I got to thinking about Barbie the other day. I remember when I was a little girl and getting out of the stage of playing with her. I really still wanted to, but I dared not let on to anyone that I did. It was that strange pull between childhood and adolescence. When my little sister Linda wanted me to play I’d make her promise not to tell anyone and then we’d have a great time playing. It’s difficult to say goodbye to childhood.
I started to think about a way to make the transition a little smoother, you know, keep kids being kids. I like seeing girls playing with dolls and boys playing with action figures for as long as they can. I remember the first Christmas when my last child gave me a wish list with no toys on it. I returned it and said, “Put a toy or two on there or else.” He did too, after all, I can see him when he’s sleeping and make life miserable for him when he’s awake.
So with all that in mind I’ve come up with a new addition to the Barbie line. I’m sure Mattel will be excited about it. How about Zombie Barbie? What girl approaching adolescence wouldn’t be proud to play with an undead doll? With all that has gone into having dolls be more and more lifelike, I think it might be time to have one that is undead-like. And for boys, perhaps G.I. Joe, Vampire Hunter.
Disclaimer: I do not promote or believe in zombies or vampires, but since half the world is all excited about them, why not make a buck.