WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Mattell has been making the doll for years. The toy company now has a high tech way to make Barbie more desirable this Christmas. The trouble is pedophiles could use the new Barbie as bait.
Video Barbie hit shelves this holiday season and stores are finding it hard to keep them in stock. The new doll also has FBI agents concerned the doll will become a toy for some adults.
December means Santa's on his way and topping little girl's Christmas lists this year is Video Barbie.
"It's just crazy," said one shopper. "What's the purpose. I mean usually they are pretty young."
Barbie now comes with a built in camera in her necklace. It might seem crazy to some but it's a craze people just can't seem to resist. Target in wilmington was out of the toy as of Wednesday.
While it may be a hot item, FBI agents are concerned about the doll being used for child pornography. "When we're doing a search warrant looking for a media that a child pornographer might use we are going to have to put barbie on the list just like we have any other cameras or computers."
Mattell's newest addition to their Barbie family comes with a USB cord for easy uploads to the computer and the internet. The FBI sent out an alert to agents telling them to be aware of the high-tech Barbie doll if they're searching a suspect. Video Barbie could be the evidence they're looking for.
"It's probably a great selling point for kids. There is no question about that, but it's something that a child pornographer could convert to his nepharious activities."
The FBI says parents should know "Video Girl" is a safe doll if used properly. Their concern is pedophiles could use Barbie as bait and predators typically use hidden cameras to produce pornography. The warnings have shoppers double checking what they're buying for children.
Video Barbie can record up to 30 minutes of video.