Barbie Off the Bench

We haven't played a game of foosball quite a while, but we have very fond memories (my strategy was always to keep one hand on the goalie). Combine it
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We haven't played a game of foosball quite a while, but we have very fond memories (my strategy was always to keep one hand on the goalie). Combine it

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We haven't played a game of foosball quite a while, but we have very fond memories (my strategy was always to keep one hand on the goalie). Combine it with another childhood favorite--Barbie--and we're sold. Well, we probably won't be buying this new treat, Barbie Foot--being displayed and sold this week at Colette thanks to its 10,000 Euro price tag. But we're still very excited about it. It was designed by Chloé Ruchon, and produced by Bonzini, a high end foosball retailer. This is another fun way that Colette, along with the rest of the fashion world, has been celebrating Barbie's fiftieth anniversary, for what seems like forever. And in the last month, we've really seen fashion broadening Barbie's horizons.

First, Vogue Italia celebrated a Barbie other than the archetypal blonde blue-eyed doll with black Barbies in their July 2008 supplement. Now Ruchon and Colette are giving us a sportier Barbie than ever before. Sure, Mattel tried to appeal to little girls that wanted to play soccer or do gymnastics by issuing Barbies wearing athletic gear, but these ladies are actually participating in the game. We like. Here's hoping that the display is available for customers to play tournaments on. --AMANDA JEAN BOYLE