As was previously covered by GM Authority, Mattel released a limited-edition Barbie Corvette four-pack in order to capitalize on the recent Barbie craze following the release of the Barbie movie. Now, the toymaker has created a 1:18 scale Barbie 1956 Corvette collectors set for fans who need even more Barbie Corvette goodness.
Available for $80, the scaled-down Corvette Convertible is based on and modeled after the fully electric Vette that appeared in and was driven in the movie. This buildable C1 features a detailed battery pack, dashboard, and interior, along with rolling wheels and opening doors, hood, and trunk.
It’s worth noting that Mattel has stated that these models are made to order, and that there is no purchasing limit per person. In addition, Mattel notes that items and dates are subject to change at any time, and that items in shopping carts are not guaranteed to be available for purchase.
As background on the Corvette generation the Barbie Vette is based on, it’s actually modeled after the C1 generation, or more specifically the 1956 model year. For this model year, General Motors refreshed the exterior design with a revised front fascia and updated side coves, as well as deleted the taillamp fins. In the powertrain department, the 4.3L (265 ci) Small Block gasoline engine produced up to 240 horsepower.
Notably, the Ramjet fuel injection system was made available the following model year, which allowed the 4.6L (283 ci) Small Block gasoline engine to produce 283 horsepower, and become one of the first American V8 engines to boast one horsepower per cubic inch. Outside of that, the 1956 Corvette was offered with a suite of high-tech-for-the-era options.
To that point, Barbie drove a 1956 Corvette to highlight the C1 generation of America’s sports car.