Cashing in on the extreme coolness and popularity of the series, Mattel has licensed the rights to manufacture a collector series of dolls styled after the characters in my favorite television show, Mad Men. Barbie and Ken are being transformed into Betty and Don Draper , Roger Sterling and Joan Holloway, complete with stylish period correct outfits and accessories, except for the cigarettes and martini glasses. You can read more about the collection on the AMC blog.
Now, I usually don’t take kindly to dolls. I think they’re creepy and up to no good. Think “Chucky”, “Trilogy of Terror” , “Puppetmaster”, “Child’s Play”. But I don’t think I’d have a problem with this group in my home. What’s the worst they could do? Come alive and raid my liquor cabinet? Have adulterous doll sex on my living room sofa? Though, if they can get their little hands on a pack of Lucky Strikes, they may start a fire while smoking in bed.
Also I wonder, after the dolls become available, if we’ll see a “Draper Dream House” with a vibrating washing machine for Betty and a “Draper Dream Car” for Don to pick up his mistresses.
The Season 3 DVD is out in stores today and includes collectible sketch drawings of the Barbie “Mad Men” dolls.
The dolls, themselves, will be available this summer, right before the August premiere of season 4, at BarbieCollector.com for $74.95 a piece. Though the whole set will set you back $300.00 clams, I’m predicting these will be really hot collectibles that are sure to increase in value. A much less risky investment than the hedge funds offered by those slick fellas on Wall Street!