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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-05-2013 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Mattel's Astronaut Barbie becomes a Mars Explorer with help from NASA

A new collaboration between NASA and Mattel, the largest toy company in the world, is turning the Red Planet a tad more pink.

"Mars Explorer Barbie," a new spacesuited version of the iconic fashion doll, officially launched on Monday (Aug. 5), to coincide with the first anniversary of NASA's Curiosity rover landing on Mars. Mars Explorer Barbie is packaged with a cardboard cutout of the six-wheeled Mars Science Laboratory, decked out in pink.

"Ready to add her signature pink splash to the 'red planet,' [the] Barbie doll is outfitted in a stylish spacesuit with pink reflective accents, helmet, space pack and signature pink space boots," Mattel wrote in a statement describing the new doll, which as part of the company's "I Can Be" line of Barbie dolls has the added distinction of the being named the "Career of the Year" for 2013.

Tykeanaut
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posted 08-05-2013 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OMG!

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posted 08-05-2013 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Barbie the Martianette? Where's Ken?

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posted 08-05-2013 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will anybody here actually admit to buying one? (I don't want to know)

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 08-05-2013 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Question: She has a spacesuit and helmet, and backpack. Ignoring the fact the flightsuit doesn't seal around her boots, why isn't Barbie wearing spacegloves?

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posted 08-05-2013 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for starhopper   Click Here to Email starhopper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Folks - enjoy Mars Barbie - that's the CLOSEST the US "space program" is gonna come to getting people to Mars in my lifetime! How sad.

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posted 08-05-2013 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Glint:
Will anybody here actually admit to buying one? (I don't want to know)

Hey, I have three graddaughters, so I order four, who's going to notice. Besides, space is gender neutral these days.

onesmallstep
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posted 08-05-2013 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will look great next to a Dragon Buzz Aldrin figure.

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posted 08-05-2013 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bwhite1976   Click Here to Email bwhite1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh my yes I will admit to buying a couple. I have three young daughters and Barbie is a very popular toy in our household. I will have no problem purchasing this Barbie over the usual princess type dolls.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 08-06-2013 04:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Somewhat ambitiously "aspirational" in both image and career prospects!

p51
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posted 08-06-2013 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was also a Barbie Space Camp figure in a reasonably accurate Space Camp blue flightsuit, you can find them on eBay pretty easy. I can honestly say that's one Space Camp collectible I don't see myself owning.

ASCAN1984
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posted 08-06-2013 05:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I feel Barbie would be ill suited to spaceflight due to health issues cited here.

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posted 08-06-2013 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually, that may make her perfect for living in zero g full time with a neck so frail it could not support a head!

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posted 08-07-2013 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmm... pair her up with a GI Joe astronaut, and you have the second married couple in space (after STS-47's Jan Davis and Mark Lee). Sorry, Ken.

And to those red-blooded males reluctant to collect these 'action figures' (my term), don't worry — I have a Barbie spacesuit set on a blister card, and several versions of Barbie as Wonder Woman, my favorite DC comics character. So don't be shy!

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posted 08-07-2013 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Ronpur:
Actually, that may make her perfect for living in zero g full time with a neck so frail it could not support a head!
The zero g is fine, it's the launch and Mars landing exploring I worry about.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 08-07-2013 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by onesmallstep:
I have a Barbie spacesuit set on a blister card...
And don't forget the Barbie and Ken Star Trek figures, although they should have had Barbie in command gold.

Ronpur
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posted 08-07-2013 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ASCAN1984:
The zero g is fine, it's the launch and Mars landing exploring I worry about.
I was thinking that she was born in Zero-g!

ASCAN1984
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posted 08-09-2013 01:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm surprised the glove issue passed the flight readiness review.

garymilgrom
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posted 08-09-2013 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Barbie knows it's a one-way trip, correct?

ASCAN1984
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posted 08-09-2013 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hope she realised the Mars Sun creates mega-premature aging.

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