1/31/14

Pittsburgh Barbies: Urban Legend?

Not sure how this ever missed my complete and immediate attention, but apparently -- once upon a time, as it will, there may or may not have been a thing known as  Pittsburgh Barbies. Legend has it that Mattel released a collection of barbies based off of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Is it true, not true? Is it just some made up story that was supposed to be a joke, but real people were interested in purchasing the real thing and then it wasn't funny anymore because when you make a joke or comment in jest but your audience doesn't process said comment as a joke you are forced to explain or give up on your joke, and either way it isn't funny anymore at all and will never ever will be ever.

I digress.

All I can say is I would give a LOT to see these barbies in person -- reading about them isn't enough.DO they exist as dolls in real life? Can I find one to purchase somewhere in a hidden corner of Craigslist? Or were they an urban legend, and nothing more?

Their descriptions are too enticing not too find out. For example, Shadyside OR Fox Chapel Barbie, is promoted as: " this yuppie barbie comes with your choice of BMW convertible or Hummer H2. Included are her own Starbucks cup, credit card, and country club membership. Also available for this set are Shallow Ken and Private School Skipper. You won't be able to afford any of them." 

{As a former Shadyside-renter, I will neither confirm or deny the real-life, walking, talking breathing versions of Shadyside Barbie strolling along Walnut Street. But I will confide that many a yoga mat and over-priced handbags were spotted often.}

And who could resist holding in her hands Butler Barbie, known in the Pittsburgh Barbie Land as a "pale model who comes dressed in her own Wrangler jeans two sizes too small, a NASCAR t-shirt, and tweety bird tattoo on her shoulder. She has a six-pack of Bud Light and a Hank Williams Jr. CD set. She can spit over 5 feet and kick mullet-haired Ken's butt when she is drunk. Purchase her pickup truck separately, and get a confederate flag bumper sticker absolutely free."

She sounds lovely. And after all, Butler IS Pittsburgh's True South, lest we forget the glorious Big Butler County Fair.

Fun(read: if you've got some time to kill) game: Which Pittsburgh Barbie are you? Not accurately represented? Make your own and send it this a-way!

If you're prepared to yearn through your computer screen, check out the rest of the Pittsburgh Barbie Collection - for your total viewing pleasure.

3 comments:

Julie said...

This made me laugh pretty hard. Great post!

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Susan Gaitaniella said...

Hysterical! Where is Pleasant Hills Barbie?