The badass witches from a Wrinkle in Time are now Barbies
A Wrinkle In Time, based on the book by Madeleine L’Engle, arrives in theaters March 9, and we couldn’t be more excited. As you may recall from fourth grade English, the book was far ahead of its time in terms of powerful female characters that go around rescuing men from the forces of evil. And with Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah cast as the powerful trio of Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit, the film offers the type of diversity we need to see more of.
Mattel agrees, which is why together with Disney they’ve announced the release of three stunning new Barbies based Wrinkle’s three witches. Director Ava DuVernay, who’s own Barbie as part of the Sheros collection sold out in a snap, shared a peek of the new dolls on Twitter. No damsels in distress here.
When Disney makes Barbies of your movie’s characters and you just want to stare at them all day in disbelief because you loved Barbies as a girl but never had any like these. #WrinkleinTime pic.twitter.com/7PzQsiNoyG
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 25, 2018
“When Disney makes Barbies of your movie’s characters and you just want to stare at them all day in disbelief because you loved Barbies as a girl but never had any like these,” she captioned the photo.
She’s right. Not only is it great to see Mattel offering Barbies in with various skin tones and natural hair, it’s important to remember that Mrs Which, Whatsit and Who aren’t just dolls, they’re warriors who stand up to fight against a great evil. These are more than mere playthings. Dolls like this can inspire our kids to believe that they too can grow up to make a difference in the world.
The dolls will be released for sale on February 23, 2018, but are available now for preorder. With a price tag of $50 each they’re obviously not the dolls you let your kids bring into the tub, but the attention to detail clearly shows where the price tag comes from.
Here’s Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, complete with her glasses.
And here’s Oprah, looking fabulous as Mrs. Which. (Also, how is it possible that we made it all the way to 2018 without an Oprah Barbie?)
From book fans freaking out over seeing some of their literary favs in doll form to those who are loving more diversity from Barbie, it looks like the internet is ready to shell out for these new dolls.
— Hannah Kates (@HannahKates1) January 25, 2018
Time stopped for me when I read A Wrinkle In Time as a girl, I cannot WAIT to see the movie & I would love to get these dolls, too. I have been waiting for this movie since I was in Grade 7. Never imagined that there would be beautiful dolls to go with as well. Thank you.— Sabrina Harnish (@sammysunshine) January 25, 2018
THERE’S AN INDIAN BARBIE!!! https://t.co/k2FT75kkZK
— Aditi Juneja (@AditiJuneja3) January 25, 2018
I saw this and I went to my self be still for just a moment and take all this in #WrinkleinTime barbies Now I can finally have a Barbie. A #warrior barbie joyful history has just been made . How wonderful is this Ava now so may Girls can finally have a Warrior Barbie . Thank you— Joan Dellavalle (@DellavalleJoan) January 25, 2018
Sorry kids, it’s mommy’s turn to play.
DYING. WANT.— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) January 25, 2018
But do I have to give them to my daughter? 🤣
Beautiful! I grew up when there were very few persons of color on TV or in Movies, let alone dolls of color!— NOLA (@Huckabuck2438) January 25, 2018
Storm Reid, who stars as Meg Murray in the upcoming film, also shared her excitement over the warrior dolls.
— Storm Reid (@stormreid) January 25, 2018
Playdate at my place.