Barbie Out to Conquer the World Starting with ... Germany?

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One of these people is German President Angela Merkel. The other is a Barbie doll made in her "image." Can you tell which is which? Credit: AFP / Getty Images

Barbie rules!

At least she will if we're not careful.

The plastic woman is no longer content to stay in her dream house, only occasionally stepping out to be an astronaut or veterinarian. She wants power.

And her latest power grab is -- uh-oh -- in Germany.

The Guardian newspaper of London reports Barbie showed up at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg earlier this month ingeniously disguised as German President Angela Merkel. Or perhaps not so ingeniously.

Merkel is a realistically aged and proportioned 57-year-old world leader. The Merkel Barbie doll, despite a Merkelesque wardrobe and hairdo, is still long-legged, blond and curvy with ocean blue eyes a man (or Ken doll) could drown in.

But Ken can only dream; the Merkel doll will not be sold. She was a one-of-a-kind item created just for the toy fair. Apparently, this Barbie doesn't want little girls playing with her. She just wants to show the world what she is capable of doing.

Ruling Germany is just one of those capabilities. The Guardian reports Barbie also showed up at various times during the fair as Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling and other internationally renowned rich and powerful women.

Today the toy aisle, tomorrow the world?

Related: Barbie's Malibu Dream House Is Real!

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