Mattel toys with new dolls

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Current and former Australian politicians have welcomed the decision by global toymaker Mattel to release more Barbie dolls in their image.

This week Mattel announced its latest Barbie doll for the Australian market would be based on former foreign minister Julie Bishop.

The news was followed up by a company announcement today that a further range of similar dolls would be available in toy shops soon.

“These new dolls are just the first stage of our new FFM Barbie, or former federal minister Barbies,” a Mattel spokesperson said.

“The first to be released after the Julie Bishop doll is the Sports Rorts Barbie based on former minister Bridget McKenzie. (main picture)

“It comes with a range of accessories including bags of toy money, roll-out maps of marginal Coalition seats, texta colours and lists of sports clubs.

“For Barbie enthusiasts we’ll be marketing a range of sports club houses or sports grounds so children can play at applying for grants and having them either approved or rejected depending on which seat they are in.”

The Mattel spokesperson said another new Barbie would be based on Attorney-General Michaelia Cash. (left in picture)

“The Cash doll, not to be confused with Sports Rorts Barbie, is one of our rare models that speaks,” the spokesperson said.

“Kiddies can press her tummy and she’ll say: ‘A curry for the country, I love it! I love Indian food. It’s my favourite food.’

“We’ve take a little while to adjust the artificial voice so it doesn’t grate after repeated use, but we are realistic and we’re ready to receive complaints. Probably a lot of them. From parents most likely. Lots of them.”

Former federal minister Christopher Pyne said he was delighted to be the subject of one of the new Barbie dolls. (right in picture)

“I think it’s a tremendous tribute to be honest,” Mr Pyne said. “I was sort of hoping to be immortalised as a Ken doll but being a Barbie – and in a swimsuit to boot – is just as good, maybe even better.”

Another former foreign minister, Lord Downer of Adelaide Hills, said he too was pleased to have his image used as a Barbie doll. (pictured)

In a message nailed to an under-footman at the gates of his family seat Pout House, Lord Downer declared his “immense satisfaction” at having his “illustrious and unrivalled career” recognised through such a fitting tribute.

“I am especially pleased that the costume chosen for my Barbie is an exact replica of the gown I wore when dancing the cotillion and quadrille at the traditional Pout House ball marking the opening of the fox-hunting season last year,” his statement said.