It’s not even Labor Day but the toy industry is already laying the groundwork for a brisk holiday season. And this year, it’s making a play for all the little gay boys and girls—well, mostly boys—with some pretty queertastic dolls. Just invite Magic Earring Ken over and you’ll be ready to kiki in the Dream House!
Manila Luzon Doll
This mini-Luzon (actually a pimped-out Barbie) sports an adorable pineapple dress with Swarovski crystals, metallic sequins, an emerald mermaid flounce—and a hefty $700 price tag. We hear the limited edition Imelda Marcos version comes with 40 pairs of shoes.
Blond Diamond Barbie
We told you about this yesterday: Mattel teamed up with design duo The Blonds on a doll inspired by the fall 2008 collection of the design duo the Blonds—specifically gender-bender Phillipe Blond. The $125 Blond Diamond Barbie comes dolled up in a white faux-fur coat with hot pink lining and a showstopping bejeweled corset dress any queen would sacrifice her best wig to tuck into. If you happen to get this stunner in your stocking this Christmas, we’re dying to know what’s under the dress.
This truly outrageous 12-inch doll from Hasbro and Integrity Toys was teased at Comic Con this summer, and is the first in a full line of Jem and the Holograms dolls. (There better be a Pizzazz doll or we’re gonna have to choke a bitch.) Retailing for $125, she comes complete with cotton-candy hair, hand-applied eyelashes, mike stand and authentic Jemstar earrings. (Synergy not included.)
Barbie Styled by Tim Gunn
Project Runway‘s meticulous mentor chose the outfits for Barbie’s new Styled by Tim Gunn-Pink Label Collection. The dolls are wearing sensible must-haves, but as the press notes say they offer “design versatility that can easily and stylishly transition from day to night.” (These can’t be aimed at little girls, can they?)
Doll 1 “wears a timeless ensemble of smart separates, including a crisp white shirt paired with a sleek black pencil skirt and cinch belt,” while Doll 2 opts for a print blouse and yellow blazer with skinny jeans. And yes, they come with the accessories seen above: black-frame glasses, cell-phone, coffee cup, and even a tiny copy of Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible. At $29.95, you won’t have to break the bank to “make it work.” (We had to, sorry.)
Katy Perry Doll
Last year Mattel designed a one-of-a-kind Katy Perry doll inspired by her California Dreams Tour: It came festooned with 70 hand-painted, mini novelty cupcakes, a glittery candy-colored bodice and fishnets with shimmering Swarovski crystals. They even added hand-painted replicas of Perry’s tattoos for accuracy. The figurine was auctioned off for the HIV/AIDS charity Project Angel Food. So if you know who has it, we’re just gonna say we’ve been reeeally good this year.
White Diamonds Elizabeth Taylor
Oh sure, you can get a Marilyn Monroe doll easy. But for our money, the real icon is La Liz, seen here in a crisp white dress and signature AIDS ribbon. (Who’d have ever thought we’d see the day when Barbie would wear an AIDS ribbon?) Hitting stores September 15, the White Diamonds Elizabeth Taylor is a steep $110 but features a realistic face sculpt approved by Liz herself—plus a script, sunglasses, jewels, a tiara and a mini perfume bottle. Wonder if it’s filled with White Diamonds perfume?