If you have never heard of Twilight (the movie, not the time before night time) then you probably don't have a teenage daughter (or son) or maybe you don't keep your finger on the cultural pulse as much as you should. Twilight is the massively popular series of novels and films.Well, the Twilight buzz is bound to go up another few levels in the next couple of months with the release of the Jacob Barbie doll. You may think this is a bit over the top but hear me out.
Basically, Twilight is a love story between a teenage girl, Bella and a handsome but slightly aloof teenage boy Edward (turns out he is a vampire and 117 years old). In the first novel/film tends to be mainly about these two lead characters. Jacob had a small role in the first book/movie. He is a friend of Bella and helps her out when she first comes to Forks.
With the launch of the second movie, Jacob gets much more to do. The second book/movie, called New Moon, imore heavily focused on Jacob. Although the love story between Bella and Edward continues to bubble under the surface, we gain an insight into Jacob's life and much of the plot focuses on the deepening relationship between Bella and Jacob. The movie went on general release late last year so I won't give away the plot but part of the promotions for the movie involved asking people to choose between Jacob and Edward (much like Bella has to do in the movie ?)
You where asked if you were on Team Edward or Team Jacob. Plenty of fans opted to go with Jacob. Besides this 'commitment' to the character fans were charmed by the strong performance given by the actor who plays Jacob (Taylor Lautner), which endeared even more fans to the character. Therefore since the release of New Moon, Twilightiphiles have been eager for memorabilia from the film and of characters.
Heaps of memorabilia was already there, including many twilight dolls. There were Edward and Bella barbie dolls and Edward, Bella, Jacob and Alice Cullen NECA action figures but no Jacob Barbie doll. Mattel, the makers of Barbie eventually divulged that they would be releasing a Jacob barbie doll in early March 2010.
The Jacob Twilight doll looks very similar to the character in the movie and Mattel has been fairly accurate in modeling him. He has a similar appearance of Taylor Lautner with short dark hair, the ripped abs and muscular torso and the tell tale face. In respect to the clothing, the doll is regaled in cut off jeans and a pair of sneakers as you maybe recognize in the movie. The doll also has a tattoo on the shoulder like the character in the movie.
For passionate fans of the Twilight story, and the Jacob character in particular, this is a must have collectible item. Plenty of folks are passionate about collecting Barbie dolls. They hold their value like a good collectible item should do and fans like to surround themselves with items that remind them of their passion. With this in mind I believe the Jacob barbie doll will be immensely popular.
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