Barbie and The Rockers (1987)

Barbara Millicent Roberts has been a lot of different things in her lifetime; teen model, doctor, game developer… but what she’s always been more than any other thing is a tool; a massive hammer for Mattel to swing at anyone who tries to get in on their carefully-cultivated patch of the girls’ toys market. And so in 1986 when Hasbro attempted to get into the fashion doll biz with ‘Jem and the Holograms’ Barbie was given an outfit, some new friends, a microphone stand, and a two-part DiC Entertainment produced VHS cartoon with which to crush the usurper.

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