Justin Bieber dolls hit store shelves
As it turns out, the fate of the holiday retail season may be riding on the plastic shoulders of the millions of Justin Bieber dolls hitting store shelves RIGHT NOW.
The Post's Ylan Q. Mui reports that the Bieb doll -- based on sales so far -- is red hot:
[One company] placed a rush order this summer for roughly a million Bieber dolls to hit store shelves in time for the holiday season. Toys R Us predicted demand would be so great that it flew the dolls in from Asia, rather than wait for them to arrive by boat. The dolls landed in stores earlier this month and sold out in some locations. The product is slated to become available at other retailers early next month.
And who is buying the $18 - $28 dolls? Well, aside from the two that Jen and I already have picked out for our yearly gift exchange, Mui found a hotbed of Bieber fever at Miami University in Ohio where one 20-year-old actually admitted to decorating her room with Bieber posters and claimed that each Tuesdsay she and her sorority sisters post "Bieber news and notes on each other's Facebook walls as a pick-me-up."
One disappointment with Bieber doll 1.0 -- the dolls were rushed into production too fast for the Bieb to have brushable (and strokable... okay, yuck) hair, but instead sports a head of molded plastic.
Just like the real Justin.
More Bieber coverage:
In August, the Bieb was beaned with a water bottle.
In September, Bieber avoided a water balloon-related arrest.
Also in September, Bieber was rumored to have speculated that he is "the Kurt Cobain of my generation."
Earlier this month, Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent read selections from Bieber's memoir in a video that went mildly viral.
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