article by Nick Maslow via ew.com
Move over, Barbie and Ken — Cookie and Lucious Lyon need some space on toy store shelves. Fans of Fox’s hit Empire will soon be able to purchase a line of collector dolls inspired by Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard’s beloved characters, doll maker Tonner-One World announced Thursday.
Although images of the actual dolls are not yet available, the announcement was accompanied by sketches capturing Cookie and Lucious’ signature looks. Clad in a leopard mini-dress and oversized fur coat, Cookie is seen putting one heel in front of the other, no doubt ready to fling one of them across the room should she feel the need. Meanwhile, Lucious exudes cool confidence in a vibrant purple suit paired with a light turtleneck.
The items are expected to be released during Empire’s third season this fall, just in time for the holiday shopping season. And that might be just the beginning, as the company said it has a two-year licensing agreement with Twentieth Century Fox.
“We are thrilled to be designing a collection based on Empire, a show that has redefined fashion on television,” said designer Robert Tonner. “Our beautifully-crafted dolls will immortalize the show’s popular characters, fully embracing the exquisite style esthetic the show brings to the small screen.”Empire airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.