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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Twilight Barbie dolls beg the question: Vampires are now playtime fun?



Wow, we've come a long way in the doll world. When Totally Stylin' Tattoo Barbie came out earlier this year, some Mommas thought that might be a bit over the top. Then another outrageous doll -- dubbed Sugar Daddy Ken -- had people ranting all over the blogosphere last week, although I couldn't find anything on him on the Mattel site, making me wonder if it was for real.

But these dolls are real all right: the Barbie Twilight Bella and Barbie Twilight Edward. The Mom_twilightdolls dolls are, of course, based on the blood-sucking characters from the hit vampire series of Twilight books and films (a new one is out -- The Twilight Saga: New Moon -- on Nov. 20). A little late for Halloween, but not for a movie tie-in.

As a Momma, you have to wonder who's supposed to be playing with these toys. Vampires have generally been regarded as alluring because they offer immortality in exchange for giving in to forbidden lust. For younger kids, though, vampires aren't alluring -- they're just plain scary.

Also, do these dolls come with cool accessories, like a cross to keep them away? How about a little plastic vampire bat named Skipper? How about a Nosferatu Ken?

Each doll costs about $25 and you can buy them at places like Walmart and A quick check at found that the dolls were already out of stock.

Since the new characters in New Moon are werewolves, look soon for a Jacob Black doll. (No word on whether it comes with silver bullets or maybe a flea collar).

-- Sherry Robinson

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:03am]


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