The Matchbox Barbie calendar is the work of students Breno Cosa and Guilherme Souza of the Brother Ad School, Buenos Aires. Their calendar depicts two unclothed Barbies posing on the beach, creating scenes which have stirred up quite a controversy.

The creative students claim that the Matchbox Barbie calendar was created in cooperation with Matchbox cars –- a toy that, like Barbie, is owned by Mattel. Reportedly, the claim is not true and at least one Mattel representative has indicated that the company plans to take legal action against the creators.