Released in 1996, Barb Wire was a sci-fi action flick based on the Dark Horse Comic Book series of the same name, starring Pamela Anderson. The movie bombed, as did any of the potential merchandising that the producers had lined-up to be released as a tie-in to the movie.
In a bizarre confluence the Dark Horse Entertainment and movie distributors Gramercy Pictures struck a deal with the toy giants Mattel, to produce a Pammy doll to merchandise alongside the release of the movie. The "Barbie-Wire" doll never made it onto the shelves of Toys R US, but avid collectors are still searching out prototype versions of the doll that are believed to exist on dusty shelves somewhere in the bowels of Mattel.
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