Mattel has unleashed upon toy culture a new version of the Barbie doll, and she’s unlike any of her official predecessors. Tomb Raider Barbie depicting Lara Croft, the title character from the movie and video game, officially went on sale this past week. The fictional character was brought to life on the big screen by none other than Angelina Jolie and the role is being reprised next month by Alicia Vikander.
“Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished mysteriously,” her bio on the Mattel website reads. “Lara ventures into the unknown armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit.” Tomb Raider Barbie sports fatigue-green pants, a gray tank top, and black boots. She seems to have escaped from some perilous situations, too, because she has gauze wrapped around her right bicep and her left thy, presumably protecting wounds. She carries a map, journal and climbing ax, according to the Mattel site, but the ax looks like it’s probably used for much more than just climbing.
News of the new Barbie was met with applause on social media, with some hailing the new doll as a “dream come true.”
Yo anyone seen the new Tomb Raider Barbie, she has an ACTUAL SHANK with which to destroy the patriachy I live 👏👏👏
— D A D D Y ™ 🌈 (@DaddyHTML) February 19, 2018
This is a childhood dream come true. I played Tomb Raider as a little girl and seeing Lara as a Barbie is pretty wonderful. 9-year-old Amanda is freaking out rn. https://t.co/oge2Q677XN
— Amanda 🔜 GDC (@AmandaFarough) February 19, 2018
‘Barbie has had many jobs over the years. Raiding tombs and shanking dudes with axes are now being added to the list.’ I for one welcome the career change! There Is Now A Tomb Raider Barbie https://t.co/5faV7hEZIY via @kotaku
— Kristi Charish (@kristicharish) February 18, 2018
Since she debuted in 1959, Barbie has been depicted as a computer engineer, astronaut, CEO, doctor, dentist, police officer, Ashley Graham, Ava DuVernay, and president of the United States — 150 jobs in all.
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