Barbie is paying homage to Star Wars: A New Hope in the newly unveiled Star Wars x Barbie collection.
According to Mattel, the collection is inspired by the film’s original concept art, re-imagining iconic characters through a distinctive Barbie high-fashion filter.
The dolls’ designer Robert Best, a self-proclaimed Star Wars fan, offered subtle nods to the characters main features throughout the collection. For R2D2, Barbie doll’s hair and make-up draws inspiration from the signature shapes and colors of the droid.
“With the look inspired by Princess Leia…the challenge was making them different enough where it didn’t feel like a costume or a strict recreation,” said Best in a Mattel interview. “I also wanted to make sure Leia’s confidence shined through. I took the hairstyle (that might be one of the most recognizable of all time) and added braids and volume as well as lowering the placement. For the gown, I really wanted to amp up the glamour but still keep it relatively clean & simple. We created a stunning white gown with dramatic cape-like sleeves, highlighted with the silver corset belt, necklace and cuffs adding a cool touch of shine and texture.”
Lastly the Star Wars x Barbie Darth Vader doll captures Darth Vader’s Sith armor silhouette in a head-to-toe shiny-black ensemble. The doll features metallic details at her collar and waist, dark glasses and an emblematic black cape finish the look.
All dolls in the collection are part of the Gold Label collection and include a Star Wars doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity.