‘Pin-Up Girl’ Barbies for adults only

First of all, let me just say there is something inexplicably disturbing about grown women collecting Barbie dolls. I don’t care if they are wearing a Bob Mackie gown nicer than hers or if they are decked out in bronze Dolce & Gabbana. Dolls are for little girls. That said, Mattel has introduced a new line of Barbie “Pin-Up Girls,” which are designed to look like photos of sexy pin-up models from the ’50s. They are supposed to appeal to baby boomer Barbie collectors. The Western one is wearing denim short-shorts, and according to one M.G. Lord, author of a Barbie history, “She looks like a tramp!” Trampy Barbie. Great idea, Mattel.

—Posted by Celeste Ward