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    Barbie becomes a computer engineer at the 2010 Toy Fair

    by Jenni Lada on Feb 17, 2010 at 08:24 PM

    A brand new Barbie doll has made her debut at the 2010 Toy Fair in New York this year – computer engineer Barbie! Mattel conducted a vote among Barbie fans on Facebook and Twitter, asking them to help decide what Barbie’s should do for her 125th job. There were four choices – architect, computer engineer, environmentalist, news anchor and surgeon. Computer engineer and new anchor received the most votes, so her 125th job will be as a techie and her 126th as an anchor. A price hasn’t been announced for either the computer engineer or news anchor Barbie, but Mattel did confirm that both dolls would be released in Fall 2010.

    The computer engineer Barbie looks like, well, take a look to your right. She’s bespectacled, clad in a multicolor shirt that looks like it’s showing a visual representation of a social network with binary code in the background, awkwardly carrying a laptop on her arm and armed with a phone and bluetooth earpiece. She’s also wearing a white vest with blue collar and magenta piping that would look better on a fast food attendant than a computer technician.

    Honestly, I think she looks more like a telemarketer than a computer technician. I think it’s because of the fake bluetooth earpiece. I think Mattel could have made her a little more stylish too. Her outfit looks awkward to me. I can’t imagine anyone actually wearing something like that. Okay, maybe the black slacks.

    With a little effort, computer engineer Barbie could easily become game designer Barbie. Print out a teeny, tiny screenshot from your favorite game to paste on the laptop screen, get a plain, white Barbie shirt and draw a video game character like Mario or a Space Invader alien with a sharpie on the front and you’re set!

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