Mattel's Barbie is headed out of this world. This weekend, in a feature playing in select theaters, Barbie will set out on a mission to save stars across the universe.
"'Barbie Star Light Adventure' features cosmic princess Barbie in her first intergalactic mission," representatives from the production company Fathom Events said in a statement.
"Alongside her adorable pet sidekick, Pupcorn, Barbie teams up with new friends to keep the twinkling stars from dimming out and slowing their dance in the sky," the statement continued. "During her action-packed adventure, Barbie soon discovers she may be the leader the whole universe has been waiting for." Information about screening and tickets are available at FathomEvents.com. [Barbie in Space: Iconic Doll's Astronaut Looks (Photos)]
The new film coincides with the launch of a whole line of "Star Light Adventure" toys, including a remote control quadcopter (the Barbie Star Light Adventure RC Hoverboard, which hits stories this fall at $59.99) styled like the one she uses in the show. We checked the gadget out — along with Barbie's flying pet cat — at New York's 2016 Toy Fair. Other smaller accessories and figures are available in Target and Toys R Us stories now, according to Mattel.
As Barbie fans know, this isn't the first time the famous doll has put on a spacesuit.
Earlier this year, Mattel released a "Star Trek"-themed 50th anniversary collection with the likenesses of Nichelle Nichols (who played Uhura in the original series), William Shatner (Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock) with a phaser and a tricorder.
In August 2013 — the first anniversary of when NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars — Mattel released a Mars Explorer Barbie. The doll was packaged with a cardboard Mars Science Laboratory featuring pink highlights.
The very first astronaut Barbie was released in 1965, at the height of the space race between the United States and Russia. The first Soviet female cosmonaut (Valentina Tereshkova) flew in 1963. The first U.S. female astronaut, Sally Ride, didn't fly in space until 1983.
Another astronaut Barbie was released in 1985, and a "Star Trek" Barbie and Ken set came out in 1996.