Miscellaneous, Movies, Toys

The Barbie Who Caught Fire

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In the list of things that were beyond inevitable, I imagine an official Hunger Games Barbie as Katniss Everdeen doll was somewhere near the top. I’m not sure I expected it to look quite so good, though. That’s a pretty damned accurate version of her Tribute outfit, and her hair is perfect — about the only thing off is her Barbie-esque smile, which probably couldn’t have been avoided, but at least it’s a smaller smirk instead of a full on grin. I’ve seen a few people complain that making a Hunger Games Barbie goes against the spirit of the book, and that the character of Katniss wouldn’t approve. I believe the latter is true, but since Katniss spends most of the second and third books as an unwilling, living marketing campaign, I actually feel this thing is totally appropriate. Yeah, Katniss might not have approved, but the Capitol (and other groups I shan’t name) would totally have sold them if they’d thought of it. (Via The Mary Sue)

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.