Like her music, Katy Perry’s doll is an inexplicably popular guilty pleasure

She kissed a girl and she liked it. And apparently, so did we (the charts don’t lie, do they?). Now 2008’s favorite recreational lesbian, Katy Perry – cherry chapstick and all – can be yours, in miniaturized form. Or at least, she could have been yours, if two months ago, you were one of the prescient 500 to snag the singer’s doll doppelganger from Integrity Toys.

Missed your chance? Never fear. Thanks to eBay, Katy can still be yours – for a hefty price.

Originally retailing for a paltry $45, on the resale market Katy’s fantastic plastic form commands bids upwards of $100; those prices are likely to only skyrocket this holiday season. Why all the fuss over a one two-hit wonder?

The only explanation for its appeal can be novelty value, of course: the trashy immediacy of cheap, guilty thrills is potent and pivotal to the success of all things Katy Perry. That her fifteen minutes of fame already are thundering towards midnight is beside the point. Don’t you want to commemorate 2008’s ephemeral pop history? Then you simply must pay tribute to its Queen. One day, this could be a collector’s item. Or not.

Still not convinced? We didn’t even mention the clincher: designer Jason Wu created mini-Katy. Oh, yes — in fact, Jason Wu is the creative director of Integrity Toys, the company who also produced the dolls used in Katy’s “Ur So Gay” music video. After all, before Jason showcased his designs on models and celebrities, he dressed dolls in them; prior to “wooing” the Saks elite, he was charming us at FAO Schwartz. Somehow, the entire Katy Perry phenomenon takes on a newly favorable light in the hands of lovable, tasteful Jason Wu. If Katy is Jason’s latest toy muse, who are we to complain? Not us — we’ll just shrug, smile, and buy one of his dresses, thank you.

Is a plasticized Katy Perry worthy of being considered pop cultural memorabilia?