In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, Mattel will be showcasing an exclusive “Vina” Barbie Doll at the San Diego Comic-Con. The sexy character, made famous by actress Susan Oliver, appeared in the Star Trek pilot episode, “The Cage,” in 1965. Apparently the episode was not broadcast on television until 1988.
The episode is a cult classic and has a different captain, namely Christopher Pike. The story starts with the Enterprise crew receiving a radio distress call from the fourth planet in the Talos star group, where Captain Pike meets a beautiful young woman named Vina. She is a ruse of enemy forces, the Talosians, who seek to lure the Enterprise to their planet. Vina is presented to Pike in various guises and settings, including the seductive green-skinned Orion which is the inspiration for this SDCC doll.
Now if you want one, there’s a catch. Purchasing instructions are, below:
The Barbie Vina doll is priced at $50 and will be featured on Mattel’s SDCC pre-sale site on Matty Collector starting June 16 for subscribers only (Early Access), and from June 16 through June 25 for everyone else (All Access). Orders must be picked up in person at San Diego Comic-Con.