The Pioneer Woman Is Officially a Plastic
For almost 60 years, since the first Barbie doll came out, parents have wondered why the iconic doll can’t look like she’s eaten a few cinnamon rolls in her day. As of today, she might not be eating them, but she knows how to make them: Walmart has started selling a Pioneer Woman Barbie, modeled after Ree Drummond herself.
It makes sense, after all — the woman already has her own Instant Pot, kitchenware line, and cookbooks, so why wouldn’t a classic plastic doll be her next product? Okay, maybe not, but if we can’t make it out to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, maybe playing with a Barbie doll that seems to have absconded with a redheaded wig and one of Ree’s outfits is the next best thing.
The kitchen accessories set, which comes with the doll, is a bit like a 3-year-old’s dream of what a kitchen might look like: a teal fridge with pink flowers, and plenty of cupcakes, cakes, and pie. But don’t worry — even if it doesn’t look much like the kitchen at the ranch, they definitely designed this with realism in mind (the toaster pops up toast, and the mixer spins when you hit the button).
“I hope it inspires you to cook up some fun,” Ree says in the unveiling video, where she seems less like her usual, relaxed self, and a bit more like a plastic doll— she even admitted that the doll doesn’t look much like her. But it has her signature cast iron skillet and plenty of carbs on hand, so she’s happy. “Everything may change, but a cast iron skillet will never change,” she told Delish. Except maybe when it goes from heavy-duty cooking tool to tiny, flimsy toy with a weird hook on it to fit over Barbie’s plastic paws.
But hey, for the smallest fans of the show, it’s a new way to play with everyone’s favorite Food Network star. For older fans — although maybe not more mature ones — they’re just waiting on that Ken doll of Ladd to complete the set.
Buy now: Barbie Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond Kitchen Playset with Cooking Chef Doll from Walmart, $45