“When Disney makes Barbies of your movie’s characters, you just want to stare at them all day in disbelief because you loved Barbies as a girl but never had any like these,” Ava DuVernay, “A Wrinkle in Time’s” director, wrote on Twitter Jan. 24.
But it’s not just DuVernay who is ecstatic to see these new dolls. These emotions are running through a lot of fans after seeing Indian American actress Mindy Kaling being made into a Barbie.
Yes, that’s right. Mattel has unveiled new doll-sized versions of Oprah Winfrey, Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon, aka Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit, respectively, from Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” which hits theaters March 9.
The dolls, which bear an uncanny resemblance to the high-profile actresses, have got fans excited all over the world.
“An Indian barbie. An Indian barbie who’s not wearing the god awful saris that Mattel always put them in,” wrote one fan. “Injection-molded plastic never looked so good,” wrote another.
“Oh please, how many men collect action figures of their fav characters. I’m sure we can collect our fav barbies without judgement but seriously just do it!” wrote another elated fan.
Kaling also tweeted her approval by posting some celebratory emojis.
Barbie’s website lists the dolls as being “for the adult collector.” The dolls, which sell for $50 each are currently available for pre-order, and will hit stores Feb. 23.
The fantasy film is an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Medal-winning children’s book of the same name.
In the film, Meg Murry (Storm Reid) embarks on an epic adventure across the universe to find her missing father. Traveling to worlds unknown as she fights against an evil force that threatens to cover the world in darkness, Meg has three celestial beings as her guides. Known as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit, these three women are powerful warriors made of stardust, each with a special role in Meg’s journey.
Mrs. Who is quite eccentric, using her diamond spectacles to see things otherwise hidden to the eye; Mrs. Which is the most ancient and wise, inspiring Meg to be a warrior herself; and Mrs. Whatsit is the most youthful and free-spirited, transforming into a magnificent flying creature.