Is this Tomb Raider doll the first Barbie to come with a deadly weapon?

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Feb 19, 2018

You can get your hands on a new Barbie doll inspired by the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot and the best part is you don't have to travel to some remote island to find it. Mattel is releasing the doll later today at the New York Toy Fair for $29.99 a pop.

The toy's look is based on the appearance of Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) who takes over the role of Lara Croft from Angelina Jolie who played the character in two adaptations of the popular video game franchise.

Most interestingly, the figure comes with an accessory that is notably more badass than most Barbie add-ons. As you can see below, Lara's holding her trademark climbing pickaxe, which we suspect can split a man's skull just as easily as it can find purchase in the face of a precarious mountainside. While some critics have historically said Barbie dolls negatively emphasize traditional female stereotypes, this new addition to the famous line is definitely a testament to the stregnth and independence of the character that is Lara Croft.

She's a strong, independent tomb raider who don't need no man and her axe could be the first deadly (and easily coolest) adornment to a Barbie doll in history. When you buy the doll, you also get a map, axe, journal, doll stand, and Certificate of Authenticity.

Courtesy of Mattel 

Tomb Raider is not the only studio blockbuster getting its own Barbie toys this season. Disney's A Wrinkle in Time already has figures for Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit, who are played by Oprah, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon respectively. 

The Tomb Raider reboot will break into ancient temples and pry the lids off sacred sarcophagi on March 16. It was directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave) and co-stars Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Nick Frost, Hannah John-Kamen, and Antonio Aakeel. 

Proceed to the following media gallery to see the Lara Barbie doll and her tools from a variety of different vantage points.