Just so you know, T & Lo both have birthdays coming up.
We posted this on our Facebook page yesterday but apparently a lot of our readers are Luddite bitches who don’t believe in Facebook because we keep getting emails about it. Besides, it really does deserve its own post.
What are we talking about? MAD MEN BARBIES, BITCHES!
Season 3 DVD Hits Stores March 23rd and Will Include Collectible Sketch Drawings of the “Mad Men” Barbie Dolls
March 10, 2010 – New York, NY – Mattel, Inc., Lionsgate® (NYSE: LGF), and AMC announced today the launch of four Barbie® Collector “Mad Men” dolls available to consumers July 2010. Designed by Barbie designer Robert Best, the “Mad Men” Barbie doll line features key players from the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency: creative director and leading man Don Draper; his wife Betty Draper; Sterling Cooper partner Roger Sterling; and bombshell office manager Joan Holloway. Today’s announcement marks the first licensed doll line in the Barbie Fashion Model Collection, a signature silkstone collection within the Barbie brand known for featuring couture quality fashions and accessories.
The “Mad Men” Barbie Collector doll collection embodies the “Mad Men” series’ couture fashions and accessories, and its iconic 1960s style and aesthetic. The series, which is produced by Lionsgate and airs on AMC, has made history with its multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Awards by chronicling the lives of the men and women of Madison Avenue advertising in the 1960s. Season four of “Mad Men” premieres this summer.
Gracefully molded of Silkstone®, a material that resembles the look and weight of porcelain, each doll is stylized in iconic costumes from the series, and comes with accessories true to their show counterparts. Don Draper wears his classic, polished red-lined suit and comes accessorized with a hat, overcoat and brief case; Betty Draper’s classic look is captured with unparalleled detail, from her faux pearl necklace to her pumps; Joan Holloway looks chic in a purple skirt suit and perfectly styled coif with her staple accessory – a pen necklace; and Roger Sterling is looking dapper in his monogrammed shirt.
Fans can get exclusive collectible sketch drawings of the “Mad Men” Barbie Collector dolls when the Season Three DVD hits stores on March 23, 2010 as each DVD set will include one of the four character sketches. The Mad Men: Season Three DVD contains all 13 episodes of the season and is also loaded with hours of special features including extensive commentaries and innovative featurettes that examine the historical events that shaped 1963.
The Barbie® Fashion Model Collection “Mad Men” Barbie® dolls will be available for a suggested retail price of $74.95. Available at BarbieCollector.com, amctv.com and select retailers.
HOW FREAKING FABULOUS IS THAT?!? And how awesome that they were designed by Robert Best!
Sure, the other ones are cute, but let’s face it: EVERYONE is gonna want a Joan Holloway Barbie. The New York Times is saying that they’re only planning to produce 10,000 of these but we’re here to tell ya: that number isn’t going to be enough to satisfy even half the gay men out there who want a little Joan of their own. They really should consider a talking Joan. Pull the string and she says things like “What in God’s green earth are you doing here?” or “You’re the new girl and you’re not much, so you might as well enjoy it.”
UPDATE: Note from Robert Best
“I was lucky enough to work very closely with Janie Bryant (the costume designer from the show) and Matt Weiner (MadMen creator) to narrow down the choices as to what we felt would be iconic looks for each of the characters that would also be recognizable to fans of the show.
I was also lucky enough to visit the set (being a huge fan myself) and meet some of the cast as well as get a tour of Janie’s incredible costume closet which of course was an invaluable aid to recreating the clothes in Barbie scale.
It’s all about the details so of course we faithfully reproduced Joan’s pen on a chain and though you can’t see from the photo we gave Barbie a padded long-line foundation to more faithfully capture Joan’s curves. Don Draper Ken also comes with a raincoat lined in red, his briefcase and a fedora.
Of course Matt had final approval on everything, and as he is so incredibly detail oriented, it made the entire design process a pleasure. It’s pretty much been a dream partnership from my perspective.
I’ve had so many Barbie Collectors request this series that I am thrilled to be able to finally talk about it and the buzz us already off the hook.
Hope you’re both well.