Mattel Releases Special 50th Anniversary 'Star Trek' Barbie Dolls
The Barbie doll just got a makeover worthy of Starfleet.
Mattel released images from an upcoming special collection of Barbies featuring characters from Star Trek in honor of the TV series' 50th anniversary.
The company plans on releasing three dolls: Captain Kirk, as portrayed by William Shatner, Mr. Spock as portrayed by Leonard Nimoy and Lieutenant Uhura as portrayed by Nichelle Nichols. The company had each doll sculpted in those characters' likenesses, including the costumes made famous by the original Star Trek series, which first aired on television in 1966.
These dolls aren't available yet, but expect them to show up on store shelves and online sometime this year.
Here's what these dolls will look like:
Mattel spent a lot of the decade updating Barbie's image, which was once only relegated to representing an impossible version of the female form. Not only did the character recently ditch her signature high heels for much more comfortable flats, but the company also recently started making versions of the dolls in different shapes.
"For more than 55 years, Barbie has been a global, cultural icon and a source of inspiration and imagination to millions of girls around the world," Mattel President Richard Dickson said in a press statement. "Barbie reflects the world girls see around them. Her ability to evolve and grow with the times, while staying true to her spirit, is central to why Barbie is the number one fashion doll in the world."
Now, Barbie also boasts a series of new modern professions: dolls now are web developers, spies and CEOs. With this latest collection, Barbie becomes something even more: she's boldly gone where no one has gone before: to space, the final frontier.
The first episode of Star Trek aired on NBC in 1966. The original series ran for three seasons, but also spawned a series of movies, followed by other related television shows. This year, a third movie in the new Star Trek property hits theaters: Star Trek Beyond. CBS also has plans for a new Star Trek television series, which will run exclusively on its All Access streaming subscription service next year.