There are a gadzillion reasons why I'm not a fan of Barbie dolls, and they all apply to the new Lt. Uhura doll, part of Mattel's upcoming Barbie Doll line being released in conjunction with J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek film. But there's also a hilariously awesome reason to love these dolls: fanboys are freaking out that they make Star Trek too girlie.
According to a CBS Products news release, the Mattel Star Trek Barbie Dolls will feature Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Lt. Uhura. These dolls are a follow-up to a set of Star Trek Barbie and Ken dolls released in the 1990s to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the show, and their $43 price point is set more for collectors than kids. Yet Mattel claims that the dolls are appropriate for children ages 6 and up, so these are still toys. And that is what so many fanboys are irked about this week: they can't deal with the fact that girls and boys might play sci-fi dress-up with Trek characters (especially those who are psyched about J.J. Abram's new action-packed, dudely approach to the Trek franchise).
The response? Disbelief. Astonishment. Worry. Concern over the effeminacy of Kirk and Spock dolls. Only Ain't It Cool News can find a geek boy upside to this: these dolls might turn more little girls into hot geek babes.
So I'm no fan of Barbie, but I'm quite delighted with the looming specter of girls playing with Star Trek dolls, and perhaps imagining themselves in outer space.