It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Between the launch of her now best-selling book titled Sinceramente and the news that broke yesterday that her court date will be delayed until who knows when, CFK is officially back in the spotlight after a long period of some sort of media hibernation.
To top it all off, she’s now the proud recipient of her very own action figure, courtesy of the nice, hard working people of Milonga Customs that have been making these puppies for a while now, digging into Argentine pop culture with a mix of humor and strong attention to detail. We don’t really know what her reaction to this was, but we’re gonna go out on a limb here and say it looked something like this:
So what is Milonga Customs exactly? Well it’s the brainchild of six friends who met three years ago in a collector’s fair and decided to get together to make toys out of plastic and resin. Their extensive collection features a who’s who of Argentine and Latin American politics (takes deep breath): Che Guevara, Mauricio Macri (rather his alias, Macri Cat), Perón, Evita, Nestor Kirchner, Raúl Alfonsín, Menem, Pepe Mujica, Fidel Castro, and now, obviously, Cristina (also referenced to as La Jefa in her doll’s package).
But what makes Milonga Customs truly special is its brand of traditional Argentina snark and humor which is intrinsic to its identity. Take its Facebook bio for example which reads: “We make dolls because we like to do things when we’re bored, contact us for events and bachelor parties, vegans please attach DNI.” Or its Instagram bio, which begins with the phrase “drunk people that do things.” That irony is obviously not lost in its products. Besides the aforementioned politicians, Milonga has quite an array of characters straight out of Argentine lore, including:
- A version of Capitan del Espacio dedicated to the famous cult alfajor;
- A tribute to Mirtha Legrand, represented by a dinosaur with a wig;
- Ricardo Fort, with and without clothes;
- A Ninja Turtle action figure dedicated to Argentine cult porn classic Las Tortugas Pinja;
- A Gauchito Gil / Dragonball Z mashup;
- The little girl from the infamous “mirá de quién te burlaste” video;
- A weird AF creation called Darth Macricat with mixes the president and Lord Vader.
Cristina’s doll has, predictably, been selling like crazy, given the success of her book which, by the way, comes included in its miniature version with the doll. In recent interviews, the guys from Milonga have jokingly stated that they hope to surpass the 250,000 copies that Sinceramente has sold already.
But the truth, is the guys have received shopping orders from all over the place, including Chile, Uruguay and Spain, even though they do not currently ship abroad. The doll sells for AR $400 and can be bought on Mercado Libre or ordered directly through any of the company’s social media accounts. No news yet if presidential sash will be sold separately after the October elections, though.