YES, I KNOW! I'm not the most popular man when we talk about Barbie dolls. If you saw some of my previous instructables, you know what I'm talking about:



Now, I'm in the Mattel's Black List, banned on the girls section of the toyshops and hated by my female cousins.

(Good thing they haven't seen my failed attempts...)

One day, I was walking on my favorite Flea Market, when I found some old and abandoned Barbies, naked, dirty, with their hair damaged. Even one of them had arms from another "Barbie" (not an original one). U$1.00 each doll.

It's redemption time!

I bought two Barbies. One of them, I decided to trasform her into an AWESOME BARBIE! So I cleaned and repaired her body, I made futuristic new clothes and a radical hairstyle. Oh, and a brand new mech, Power Loader style, for kick some serious butt!

And the other Barbie? Well, old habits die hard... MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Step 1: Materials

Do you remember everytime I said "Always have junk in stock"? Well...


A big amount of black plastic junk. I used, among other stuff:
  • A wireless phone base
  • PC joysticks
  • A saucepan handler
  • Walkman headphones
  • Airplane headphones
  • Damaged toys
  • A pump handler
The electromechanical caterpillars from a R/C car (If you have the whole R/C car, much better!)
1 Barbie
Sugru (depends of the clothes you want for your doll)
2 Big LEDs.
2 DPDT lever switch
1 simple switch
Iron angles
red and black wire
screws and bolts
Tin soldering


Dremel Rotary Tool
Wire cutters
Screwdriver kit
Soldering Iron
Super Glue

And don't forget:

1. If you don't have it, replace it!
2. Use protective equipment (dust mask and goggles)
3. Beware of drilled and soldered hot surfaces
4. Work in a good ventilated area.
5. Always have junk in stock
6. Enjoy!
7. Keep your Barbies away from me.
<p>Accept it people, she looks even happier!</p><p>Great work!</p>
<p>Thanks man!!! :-)</p>
Ripley lives! Nice one, Mario
Thanks a lot ActionFigure! :-)
Anyone else think that she looks like Chell ,from portal, with a aliens cargo exo suit?
Sooo cool! I want to be a big cybarbie!
Thanks Marcella! :-) I think you would be an awesome Cybarbie!!
MC, as always, your artistic merit knows no bounds! You should put a video camera on CB and get some awesome FP footage!
Thanks a lot SHIFT!!! It's a good idea about the camera :-)
Very good, i really like the Ripley look. good detail.
Thanks Lord Kian!<br>
Brilliant design from repurposed materials. Well done!
Thanks Denger!
This is 50 shades of awesome!
Thank you very much DngrDave!! :-)
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I recognized your work on io9.com this morning, great work.<br> <a href="http://io9.com/5942201/power-loader-barbie-wants-you-to-get-away-from-skipper-you-btch" rel="nofollow">link</a>
Thank you very much, Nnygamer! :-)
I guess I missed this one! I love her sugru top! You did a great job, it looks like it was made for the doll. <br>Sunshiine
Thanks Sunshiine! :-)
Wow! my daughter Hates Barbies but is into the new &quot;Monster High&quot; dolls, this is cool! Have you ever seen Dr. Who &amp; Torchwood? I'd love to see you make a Cyberwoman Barbie off of the cybermen concept in those shows, not the full bodied cybermen but the Cyberwoman girlfriend Ianto hid in Torchwood's basement. That would be totally cool!! Maybe that could be your next project or 1 down the road ;D in the Monster High doll line they came up with a &quot;Robecca Steam&quot; doll, combining the steampunk look into her. Maybe you caould steampunk Barbie too! This is so fun to see!! Thanks for creating it!
Thank you very much Kldrshadow! <br><br>Well, I LOVE DOCTOR WHO! HE'S THE BEST!! Sorry, but Torchwood is almost imposible to find in Colombia, but I'm still searching. Captain Jack Harkness is an awesome character.<br><br>Have you seen my other projects with Barbie dolls?<br><br>About the Steampunk, I think it's an awesome style, but not my style. I want to keep experimenting with Barbies and robots because is pretty cool to play with the beautiness paradigm in so bizarre ways! :-)
very cool ! <br>
Thanks Chris!
lol... this is CrAzY <strong>GREAT</strong>!!! &nbsp;Love Barbie's butch-hairdo and it's obvious she's having a <em>blast</em>... pun intended. ;-)<br> <br> I don't have Barbie dolls (never did) but I would definitely keep them away from you if I did!&nbsp;<br> <br> 5 Star work, MC!!!
Thank you very much, Bajablue! :-)
It's good to see that I'm not alone in my collection of random junk for projects. If you have a way to keep it all organized, I'd like to hear it! ;)
Oh yeah GeekTinker! And the organization is a nightmare. I envy the Mythbusters for having a big and organizated warehouse!
LOL cool <br>
That smile has me frightened beyond all rational thought. <br>I just got the new &quot;Divorcey&quot; Barbie... It comes with all of Ken's things... <br>Cool instructable, ya get my vote.
LOL!!!! &quot;Divorcey Barbie&quot;... BRILLIANT!!!! :-)<br><br>Thanks a lot, Tgirard! :-)
Reminds me the Alien movie...
Oh yeah! An awesome movie!
Excellent! Now, my daughter will be more interested by her Babies.
Thanks a lot PeckLauros!
I had never heard of Sugru before - it looks pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing your instructable so I could find out what it was - and your Barbie makeover is so great!!
Thanks to you Tabitha!!! And Sugru is an awesome product. You can find it on the Instructables Store. :-)
You always have my vote, I love your robots =) and you know it ;)
&quot;Get you hands of her, you b*ch!&quot; <br>That's teh kind of Barbie doll I'd get my daughter, if I ever get one.
Thanks Maese! This could be the most popular toy in Christmas! :-)
And My Axe!!!!!
Thanks Lord Juan!!! ALLONS-Y!!!
Baby, you can always count on my vote!
Thanks Miss Bol&iacute;var!!! You are BRILLIANT!!! :-)
She is so happy, you can see it in her eyes. <br>And why is she so happy you may ask? That's easy, because &quot;Everything is better with Mechs! :D
EVERYTHING!!! Thanks my friend! :-)
Most exceptionally awesome! The soulless, dead-eyed smile of cyber-barbie is one of the more effective aspects of this piece :-)
Thanks Kelsey!! The soulless, dead-eyed smile of Barbie was a great job from the guys of Mattel. LOL! :-) <br> <br>But seriously, thanks!!
She seems to enjoy it :-) <br> <br>Great job again.

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Bio: I'm Mario Caicedo Langer, from Colombia, former Navy officer and BSc in Naval Sciences. Right now I'm Technology Program Manager and Lego Robotics ... More »
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