If you — like us — have been sucked into the delightfully retro world of Netflix’s new original sci-fi/horror series, Stranger Things, then you know that lovably dorky, high-school student Barb, played by Shannon Purser, is an inimitable ’80s style icon.
Her uniform — oversized translucent glasses, Victorian-esque high-necked tops, mom jeans—is one that incurs awe and admiration. She just rocks it so well. Add in her pastel plastic wristwatch and lightning bolt-covered Trapper Keeper, and her look becomes truly evocative of that era.
It turns out we’re not the only ones that think so. Today’s thing-that-we-never-knew-we-needed-but-now-have-to-have is the Barb doll — yes, essentially the slightly nerdy version of blond, leggy Barbie. Compared to her pink car-driving, Malibu-living counterpart, we’d rather play Dungeons and Dragons with Barb any day.
Without further ado, here is an awesome fan-made Barb-ie, were she to be recreated by Mattel:
From her curly red hair and freckles right down to her outfit—it’s perfect. Now THIS is the doll we all wish we grew up with.