With the worldwide hype over Kylie Minogue, you'd think her dolls would be a hot property. And they are, like the elfin singer, in the U.K. and Australia, where initial shipments flew off store shelves, and on eBay, where Kylie-philes are selling the figures as ''rare,'' ''limited edition,'' and ''sold out.'' (JAKKS Pacific, producers of the doll, declined to say how many were made.)
Looking like Barbie -- or, actually, Ken with Joan Rivers-esque plastic surgery (oddly, Kylie's head was scanned for the mug that bears little resemblance to her own) -- the dolls feature the singer in her Dolce & Gabbana costume from the 2002 World Music Awards and the Silvanemesis costume from that year's Fever tour, complete with her signature line of Cheekies underwear. But like the real Kylie, the dolls will be scarce Stateside. ''As of right now,'' says Genna Goldberg, VP of corporate communications for JAKKS Pacific, ''we aren't planning on launching the doll in the U.S., but that could change.'' Or not.