Special Barbie commemorates Hitchcock's The Birds


The Birds-themed Barbie doll is licensed Mattel toy.

In 1963, Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, gave us a tale of terror not soon forgotten in his film “The Birds.” Dressed in a re-creation of the stylish green skirt-suit worn by the film’s ill-fated heroine in an iconic scene, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” Barbie® Doll celebrates the 45th anniversary of the acclaimed film. From the doll’s classic ensemble to the perfectly painted expression to the accompanying black birds, every aspect captures the film’s infamous appeal.
The Birds Barbie (Via BuzzFeed)


  1. Heh, heh…I bought one of these for my wife for Christmas because she has:

    1. a small Barbie collection, and

    2. an irrational fear of birds ;->

    (no, my secret is safe – I’m sure she has no earthly idea what bOING bOING is…)

  2. This reminds me of when I worked for the Palm Beach Post photo department. Our newsroom had an editorial assistant who was balding and has pretty stocky, a really nice guy.

    For some feature section article, one of our photographers had him dress as various characters such as Charlie Chaplin, and… Tippi Hedren, complete with fake plastic seagulls. The studio photos of him in drag, screaming while being attacked by these toys was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. The laughing started out minimal, and the longer we looked at the photos, the more we laughed. I wish the final photo used was online.

  3. It reeks of kitch! Mattel is obviously pitching this to a middle-aged demographic plus lovers of all things kitchy. I guess sales of Barbie dolls to young girls have stalled.

  4. …Otay, so Mattel won’t let 3rd party cottage industries make B&D clothes and strap-ons for Barbie and Ken, but they’ll let Barbie dress up like Tippi Hedren and get pecked to death?


    …This shouldn’t surprise me. After all, Mattel won’t do a collector’s market re-release of Major Matt Mason, so why expect them to do anything rational?

    “Coming up next: Barbie’s looking for Mr. Goodbar!”

  5. This will be the first Barbie I’ve ever bought ever. Mind you, I’m an adult man.

    The “Psycho” edition will be…awkward.

  6. How about the “Janet Leigh shrieking in the shower” Barbie? Oh, MGFarrelly beat me to it.
    “Mrs. Robinson” Barbie?

  7. Dude,
    Mattel doesn’t even give the actress’ name in their description.
    (And I think her expression is too pleasant for her to be attacked by ravens. Wtf?)

  8. Barbie doesn’t look terribly concerned about the birds. It looks more like she’s wearing them as a fashion accessory.

  9. Does anyone else get piqued by the redundancy of people/organizations celebrating 45th anniversaries? Just be patient and wait for the actually meaningful big five-oh.

  10. Crazy yet funny! Surprised they haven’t talked about this on The View yet!

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  11. Camile Paglia just touched herself and then wrote a 12 page monograph about this Barbie and touching herself and posted an abridged version on Salon. Flawless.

  12. That one crow is disturbingly close to Barbie’s crotch. Good thing that she doesn’t have any genitalia.

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