6) Speed Racer and Trixie
Much like the movie, Mattel released this two pack of Ken as Speed and Barbie as Trixie and no one cared. If only they had made a Kelly as Spridle and a Chim-Chim that they could lock in the trunk of Barbie's corvette...
5) 007 James Bond and Bond Girl Gift Set
In the Bond-iverse, the femme fatale is as central to the story as the villain, and with her preposterously sexy proportions, Barbie would fit right into Bond's world of intrigue... as long as she had some innuendo-laced last name. Plus, Ken as James Bond isn't that big a stretch, thanks to the pleasantly bland bell curve that is Roger Moore.
4) Black Canary
The Green Arrow's partner in crimefighting (and in the boudoir) isn't exactly a household name, making this Barbie the most obscure of the DC heroines she's been dolled up as. But the doll's real draw is that Black Canary is the first figure to feature Barbie wearing black fishnet stockings. Certain retailers objected to the figure's sexy outfit, although this is pretty much the same costume Canary has been wearing in the comics for close to 40 years. Progress!
3) The X-Files Barbie & Ken Gift Set
When you look at the dismal box office performance of last years X-Files movie, it's hard to remember how big a deal that show was in its prime. It was so big that Barbie and Ken paid homage as Mulder and Scully in 1998; not bad for a scrappy little Fox show which explained nothing ever! Besides, the world still needs more Gillian Anderson merchandise.
Just before acquiring the DC superhero license and thus being legally required to spit in disgust everytime they hear the word "marvel," Mattel got the rights to make a single Marvel character Barbie in 2005. Only one pop culture event was stupendous enough to make this now-impossibility possible -- the Elektra movie starring Jennifer Garner. Somehow, despite the odds, this Barbie kept her comic outfit and came with sais, and thus was several jillion times more awesome than the movie.
1) Barbie & Ken Star Trek 30th Anniversary Gift Set
This is the one that truly started it all. released in 1996, this classic Star Trek box set included Ken playing officer and Barbie rocking the 23rd-century mini-skirt was the first of Mattel's pop culture Barbie dolls and sets. Given the insane smiles on both their faces, it's very clear that Ken takes his role as the lusty Captain Kirk and Barbie as the nearby hot girl very seriously, and that someone's going to make an entry on the Captain's log very shortly.
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