Cyndi Lauper and Debbie Harry to get their own Barbie dolls

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The Independent Online

Amid the ongoing 1980s nostalgia, toy manufacturer Mattel says it will release a 'Ladies of the 80s' collection of Barbie dolls, featuring the mini-me versions of singers Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, and Joan Jett.

Part of the seemingly never-ending celebrations of Barbie's 50th anniversary, the release in December will be one of the brand's last coups in the doll's birthday year.

Other freshly launched collector dolls include 'Barbra Streisand' Barbie and the very pale-skinned Twilight range, comprising the Bella and Edward characters of the vampire saga, portrayed by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

The doll's birthday celebrations brought about a vast number of events and designer collaborations this year: Life-sized Barbies walked down the runway at a specially themed fashion show during New York Fashion Week in February, Karl Lagerfeld styled and photographed the classic Barbie and Ken dolls, and even a signature pink makeup range for adults was launched over the course of the year.

In a more controversial move, Mattel also introduced new black Barbies to help celebrate the 50th anniversary -- however, the dolls are widely regarded as having 'white' features with just a darker skin tone and are considered a marketing flop.

Sites: barbiestyle.barbie.com / barbiecollector.com

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