From the “truth is stranger than fiction” file, I present to you this little gem. It seems Mattel toys is honoring the 45th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, The Birds, with a commemorative Barbie doll fashioned after the movie’s bedeviled target of the feathered menaces, Tippi Hedrin.
As you can see in the picture, Barbie is depicted in the throes of thwarting off the aerial onslaught of winged attackers. All the while, Barbie has a surprisingly serene expression on her face, unlike her motion picture counterpart. But I guess it stands to reason that Barbie in distress might not have been alluring to consumers.
It seems that the concept of honoring this particular horror film is not unprecedented from the world of iconic doll makers. Evidently, the cherub-faced Madame Alexander line has also released their version of the damsel in distress from birds with anger issues.
Personally, I have a particular movie I wouldn’t mind seeing Barbie honor. The 35th anniversary of this particular film is in 2010, so if it happens, remember you read it here first. Why not feature a half-eaten Barbie as a tribute to the movie Jaws?