The Trouble With Barbie 2

drvsdrMost Barbies only come out once or twice: NASCAR Barbie, Astronaut Barbie, Spongebob Barbie, etc. But there are some that, for obvious reasons, keep coming back in multiple incarnations for each new generation of starry eyed little girls. This is why I have 5 versions of Pet Vet Barbie.

The old ones weren’t so bad. Why each successive one has been stranger and stranger is open to postulation, but even I couldn’t explain what the heck Mattel was thinking with their latest offering of Pet Vet Barbie.

I know they know how to make a vaguely appropriate outfit for a medical office, as evidenced by the new Kid Doctor Barbie on the right. Kid Doctor: sleek, professional, bouffant-ed. Pet Doctor: ponytailed truck stop hash-slinger. What gives?

My theory is this:

Ad Man: Well, we showed the Mel’s Diner Barbie to the focus group and they just didn’t get it.

Executive1: Well shoot! We just made 500,000 diner uniforms and we can’t let them go to waste! What can we do?

Executive2: *shuffling through sales stats* Slap some cardboard cats in the pockets and call it a vet. People eat that stuff up.

Kids These Days

I hear the new grad is starting today! Have you met her yet?

No, but Dr. Peppered had nothing but nice things to say about her.

Here she comes! Be nice!

Hi! I’m Kendra! It’s so nice to meet you.

Charmed. I like your….lab coat, is that?

Oh, this? ha ha…I put myself through vet school working at Kenny’s so I figured I’d just repurpose it. You really like it?

I was…ooops! Clumsy me. Hang on a second, I dropped my clipboard.

Oh, let me grab that for you.

Oh my God. Am I seeing what I think I’m seeing?

Yeah, and you gave *me* a hard time.

Oh yes, thank you. Well, welcome to the clinic! Allow us to welcome you with our official scrubs.

And a stethoscope. They didn’t even give you that, huh?

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  • pikachu

    LOL Poor Barbie , the one on the right needs some “eye bleach” now . This is too cute . Again you managed to make my day Dr V :-)

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      I think we could all use some eye bleach, lol! :)

  • Chile

    Oh dear.

    Are her legs pink?

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      Yes. I think they’re supposed to be “tights” but they were too cheap to put actual Barbie tights on, so the legs are just pink plastic. Unless she is meant to have a citrus allergy like me.

      • http://aboutvetmed.com Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM

        bwahhahaha – I didn’t notice the “tights” — and a great tie-in to your allergy post. I am not as up on Barbies as you are, and didn’t realize that this new vet Barbie was for real. WHAT are they thinking?! On the good side, plenty of good material for future Barbie posts that we all love so dearly. :-D

      • Chile

        Hmmm…so she can be Stripper Barbie too! Maybe that’s her job at night. :)

  • wikith

    …that outfit is horrifying.

  • http://www.pupsthetravelinglabrador.com PUps

    OMG that is too funny. WOW her outfit is BAD

  • http://www.howiseelife.com Kari

    That whole thing is horrifying. OMG, it does look exactly like a diner waitress. A cheap diner waitress. Maybe they should look to Hooters for their next Pet Vet Barbie incarnation… that certainly seems to be the direction they’re heading!

    And the pink legs are… just… Wow. :facepalm:

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      OMG, I think you just gave me an idea for a future post. LOLOL “Pet Vet Barbie 2012″

  • http://dearprudie.wordpress.com Ashley

    Ha! This reminds me of the show Mercy where the new nurse comes in with cutsy scrubs and everyone makes fun of her. Yeah.. *cough* Anyway! :)

    Am I slightly hallucinating, or does Diner/Vet Barbie’s outifit look sparkly? If so.. that brings it to a whole new Fosse level.

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      It is indeed sparkly. Good eye! It’s just so wrong.

  • Megan

    I like how she has the one elbow perma-crooked. Much easier to help her do rectal exams on her patients. If only she had just the index finger extended… Bwahahaha

    BTW, that’s totally how I go to work dressed. I dye my legs pink too ;)

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      I wear something similar but mine is PURPLE. Get it right Mattel.

  • Lisa W

    I started reading this while I was in a class at work. I had to stop so I wouldn’t get in trouble when I burst out laughing. I guess it’s pretty obvious that women have no say in the designs of professional Barbies, huh? I’m guessing that she can’t move her arm any more because she has carpal tunnel from those heavy trays of coffee!

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      Good point! LOLOL

  • http://www.kimchicrafts.com kimchi

    PINK PLASTIC LEGS?! amazing.
    and I can’t wait to see the 2012 Pet Vet Barbie post. :)

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      I know, right? lol

  • Jamie

    Oh My. Just, Oh My!!! I mean who thought this was a good idea and let it get as far as store shelves?! Really!?

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      I don’t know if the execs think we’re stupid, or if they just make so much money they don’t care.

  • Sedna

    Is…is she supposed to be carrying a kitten and a puppy in her pockets?

    No. Just, no.

  • Sasa

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