It has arrived – the item that will singlehandedly revitalize the American economy. Behold the Barbie doll of Twilight’s other teenage heartthrob, Jacob Black. Although my knowledge of dolls may be even less than my understanding of Twilight, I shall proceed to make a few observations. First, this doll actually resembles 17-year-old actor Taylor Lautner, whereas the previously released Bella and Edward dolls hardly approximated their thespian counterparts. That was especially the case with Bella, whose “innocent face,” as Mattel described it, was really just a generic Barbie head plopped on top of the character’s signature blue jacket. Second, while the Jacob doll looks like Lautner, its face is a bit on the younger side. I’m getting a disturbing “13-year-old on steroids” vibe here. Most of the kids I knew in high school didn’t strut around with eight-pack abs; then again, none of my friends were werewolves, or kick-ass martial arts champions for that matter. And third, I want a pair of Jacob’s black shoes, even though I will never be cool enough to wear them sans socks.
Mattel will release the Jacob doll in February for $24.95 (the Edward and Bella versions are available now for the same price). Twilighters, do you plan to grab one and make your Twilight Barbie collection complete? Non-Twilighters…snark away!