How to turn Barbie into a Weeping Angel

The Mary Sue tracked down a new career for Barbie -- Weeping Angel. The DIY guide, originally found on Wich Crafting, shows how a simple Barbie (or a less expensive impostor) can become the fearsome Doctor Who villain using a few simple ingredients. (And also breaking Barbie's arms.) Consider this a suggestion for holiday gift-giving, in case you want to see if your child is smart enough to notice a missing toy from their collection. Heheheheh, don't blink, kiddies... (via io9)


  1. i suggest, from years of barbie butchering experience, don’t break the arms. boil and bend them. less worry about them breaking at the elbow if you jar the “statue” later. you can also cut the fingers apart with an xacto and bend the fingers into new positions after boiling. please wear finger protection to make the bends because boiling hot barbie arms aren’t fun to touch

  2. I’m confused didn’t Barbie always have the power to send women back in time stifling them and feeding on all of their potential?

  3. “…notice a missing toy from their collection.”

    This actually builds character, lots of character. A friend’s brother once stole her bicycle to buy heroin. She was seven, he was fifteen. This incident and others inspired her to become an episcopal priest who works with adolescent drug addicts. 

    She would just love the Weeping Angel Barbie mod — being a big fan of the Doctor and all. I should forward this to her. 

    Perhaps I can find the motivation to do this myself. Would it be out of line, would it make me a bad person, to make various versions of these and place them places, like cemeteries, or funeral homes in a way that makes them look as if they belong?

    This might also work well with My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, G.I. Joe, the possibilities…maybe convert a favourite kid’s entire figurine collection! Fuckin’ A.

      1. Nothing like a good brisk beating and a dunk in ice cold water upon waking at the crack of dawn to toughen one’s spirit and intellect.  

      2. But Ryan, this was my point. Many things that traditionally are seen to build character are really designed to crush one’s spirit. Like most traditional parochial schools for example.

    1. They do touch a nerve, don’t they?

      Apparently you can get a similar effect if you use transcranial magnetic stimulation to stun the part of the brain that processes motion. This leaves you with the impression of the world as a set of static images, where things suddenly change position with no apparent intermediate motion. You can get the same with brain damage and I met someone who had a temporary episode from taking drugs: apparently it is deeply scary in the same way as the weeping angels.

      I wonder if Oliver Sacks is still in the BoingBoing building? We ought to ask him.

    1.  oooh, good idea. i usually use needle nosed pliers to break the prongs off up inside the head but there’s a lot of ugly neck stretching and the possibility of cracking the hard part of the neck

  4. Oh Jamie, I hope my daughters don’t see this – their Christmas surprises will be ruined!
    Yeah, I’m already making these. 

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