– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It turns out that it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke after all.

The Barbie Collector has confirmed the sale of the Barbie doll based on Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games” movie.

The slim Katniss doll is in her survival outfit with a bow and a quiver of arrows. It even has a tiny mockingjay pin on her jacket.

The Barbie doll is now available for purchase, but it is backordered. The expected availability date is August 1, 2012.

Here is the description from the site:

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor:

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Hunger Games Katniss doll wears a hooded jacket, top, and military-style pants inspired by the costume Katniss wore in the film. Included are bow, arrows, and quiver. Completing her look is the iconic mockingjay pin.

The design is by Bill Greening.

Click here for the jump to purchase the doll. There is a limit of five dolls per order.

“The Hunger Games” movie stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Sutherland.

The movie is currently in theaters and has earned over $300 million at the box office.

Check out the photo of the Barbie doll below.

Source: Barbie Collector

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.