Saturday, July 20, 2024

“Barbie” Movie Gets a Shocking Unofficial Tie-In from Russian Rifle Maker at NRA Convention


Last summer, the movie “Barbie” was the talk of the town. It made hundreds of millions at the box office and sold tons of merchandise for Mattel.

Now come reports that a “Barbie” AK-9 pistol was featured at the recent National Rifle Association convention on May 17th in Dallas. It’s made by Kalashnikov, a Russian company with a Florida outpost and a shady background. (The display was found by researcher Devin Hughes, President of

One gun offered on is a “Kalashnikov Barbie 9” an AK-style pistol for $1,299. Perfect for when Barbie loses patience with Ken, or can’t the attention of the other Barbie’s!

No word yet on whether Mattel or Warner Bros. has done anything to stop Kalashnikov from using their branding. But gun safety advocates, like, are furious, and wonder why Mattel, especially, hasn’t put an end to this.

“We challenge Mattel to take a public stand against this and hope everyone associated with the wonderful movie, Barbie, will do so too.”

Here’s a video showing how to use an AK-9, just in case there’s Bad Kenergy in the air.

photo courtesy of Devin Hughes

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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