Katniss Barbie Review

KatnissBarbie Collector Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen Doll Review (Mattel)

Our rating: 5 stars for collectors

First there were the Hunger Games books … then there was the smash hit movie … and now there’s a Hunger Games Barbie! Aimed at collectors, this Katniss Everdeen Barbie doll is styled to look like Jennifer Lawrence, the actress, in her Katniss movie costume.

So what do we think of the Katniss Barbie doll? Read on to find out.


* Realistic likeness of Katniss from the movie
* Wearing the costume from the movie
* Carries bow, arrows and quiver
* Wears Mockingjay pin
* For ages 6+ (we think 12+)

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What’s Great About the Katniss Barbie Doll

Katniss Everdeen is an unusual choice for a Barbie doll! She’s all about action rather than looks. She’s a great female role model and she’s really cool.

Katniss 2Kids who liked the Hunger Games books or movie will love to have a Katniss Barbie doll on their shelf. In case you don’t know, she’s the star character from the Hunger Games trilogy. She’s strong, decisive – and she’s armed!

The Katniss doll looks real different from other Barbies. She’s modeled on the actress Jennifer Lawrence who played Katniss Everdeen in the movie and it’s an excellent likeness. Fans of the movie will love that this doll looks so accurate.

Her outfit is fantastic. It really looks like Katniss’s costume from the movie. She’s wearing military style cargo pants and a hooded jacket and top. She carries her bow, and the arrows are in a quiver slung over her back. She’s also wearing her iconic Mockingjay pin.

There are two more movies in the making so Katniss’s appeal will continue over the next several years. You can get other Hunger Games dolls but from what’s available right now I think Katniss Barbie is the best. The designers have been able to work in more detail than you could get on a smaller doll. Katniss Barbie is a stunner!

boxedWhat’s Not To Like?

It’s important to be aware that the Katniss doll is designed and marketed as a Barbie Collector doll. You can take her out of the box and move her around, but she’s not intended for little kids to play with. She doesn’t have the same functionality and durability as a ‘play’ Barbie. On that understanding she’s great, but we think she’s more suited to teens than the 6+ age range that Mattel give.

If you’re looking for a Katniss doll that younger kids can play with, it would be better to get one of the smaller 7-inch Hunger Games action figures.


Since this doll is clearly aimed at collectors, we’re rating it on that basis and giving it 5 stars. It’s an amazing likeness of Katniss from the movie and the costume is stunning. You have to see it!

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Our rating: 5 stars for collectors

Published November 8th, 2012

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