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'Hunger Games' heroine Katniss Everdeen becomes – a Barbie doll?

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(Read caption) 'Hunger Games' heroine Katniss Everdeen, portrayed in the movie version by Jennifer Lawrence, will have a Barbie doll created in her image by toy company Mattel.

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In your dose of irony for the day, toy company Mattel recently announced that a Barbie version of “Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen is due to be released soon.

The doll is only the latest in a slew of “Games” merchandise that’s been produced to accompany the new movie. Other items have included action figures of main characters, nail polish (which also seems a an odd match with the dystopian world of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy), multiple book tie-ins, and even a workout class titled “Train Like A Tribute,” to be offered in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and other cities. 

Dolls of other popular movie and TV characters like “Twilight”’s Bella Swan and “Mad Men”’s Don Draper as well as doll versions of real-life figures like Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton have been created, but a plastic Katniss seems like an odd fit for many, especially since some associate the Barbie brand mostly  with sequined outfits, small plastic high heels, and luxurious toy cars.

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