The Tina Turner celebrity doll depicts Tina Turner as herself at 45 years old in the 1984 music video “What’s love got to do with it!”. Turner is an American born Swiss singer and actress and shares the title of the “Queen of Rock and Roll” with Janis Joplin and Steve Nicks. The Black Label Barbie Signature Tina Turner doll was released by Mattel on October 13, 2022 as part of their Music Series collection. The doll was designed by Bill Greening and retailed for $55.00 .
Sadly, Tina Turner died at 83 years old on May 24, 2023 after a long fight with intestinal cancer and a kidney transplant in 2017.
Tina TURNER Doll
“Physical strength in a woman, that’s what I am.” -Tina Turner
From a young girl singing in her rural church choir in Nutbush, Tennessee to becoming the legendary icon hailed as the undisputed “Queen of Rock’n’Roll,” Barbie® celebrates the unprecedented music career and journey of Tina Turner.
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of her eponymous hit, “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” Tina Turner Barbie® wears a black mini dress paired with a denim jacket inspired by the iconic outfit Tina wore in the music video for the chart-topping single.
Throughout her acclaimed career, Tina Turner has amassed accolades and a lifetime of achievements befitting of a music legend. She is without question, truly and simply, the best.
The Tina Turner celebrity doll comes wearing a 1/6 scale replica outfit of what Tina wore in her 1984 music video for the song What’s Love Got to Do with It. A black low cut sleeveless blouse and thick black pleather mini skirt are worn under a denim jean jacket. The light denim jacket has real flapped pocket, gold rivet decorative buttons, and jean-like yellow stitching. The collar comes tacked down with tiny plastic clasps but can be cut to wear the collar up-Tina style. The jacket comes off to reveal the blouse and skirt which have Velcro closures down the back for easy removal. Full scaled down black back seamed fishnet stockings cover the legs down into the plastic black high-heeled shoes.
The doll also includes a black and silver plastic hand microphone and a plastic silver imitation of a black pearl neck choker (be careful if you remove the poly-band holding it down because it falls off easily.) White plastic drop earring are plugged into large holes in the ears and the front of the hair side pigtails are decorated with yellow plastic barrettes.
The face is painted with brown eyes, brown eyeliner, frosted silvery eye shadow, and bright red lips. The hands are manicured with the same red paint. The two-toned blond rooted hair is styled similarly to Tina’s hair in the video. Hair sticks up wildly from the top of the head and to the sides by pigtails spread out under the barrettes.The long bangs are fringe cut to just reach the eyes.The back of the hair tends to flatten in the box and may need to be fluffed up to replicate the Tina Turner style.
The doll is articulated at the neck (tilts forward and back and side to side about 45° in any direction, turns 360°), shoulders (turn 360° and up 90°), elbows (bend up almost 180°), wrists (turn 360° and bend up and down 90° each way), hips (can do splits forward and backward, but side leg movement is only about 45°, turns 360° at 45° angle), and knees (bend back almost 180°). Torso and ankles are stiff and the feet are in the high heel position.
Accessories include a microphone, necklace, black base with clear length doll stand, and an official Mattel Certificate of Authenticity.
To get the current prices of the Tina Turner doll use these links. As of November 8, 2022 the doll sold out at most retail stores and is only available in the reseller market. Hopefully it will be in stock again soon. (As of February 19, 2003, never came back.) The museum gets a small commission for qualified purchase using the following links.
Here is the official Tina Turner “What’s Love Got To Do With It” music video from YouTube the doll was based on. Pretty spot on.