From her dream houses and cool cars to her diverse careers, collectible editions and large group of family and friends, Barbie has been an inspiration for generations. With so many Barbie dolls and accessories to choose from, finding the right one for your child or your collection can seem overwhelming, and that's why we're here to help. The toy reviews below cover every detail of the doll from outfit to accessories and even where you can find it at the best price.
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More About Barbie
Since her debut in 1959 as a fashion doll, Barbie has become an inspiration to children everywhere. With an extremely long resume and a social circle that includes a cast of characters from all different walks of life, she's not just a pretty face, she's an American icon that has lasted through generations of adoring fans. Here's a quick history of this pop-cultural phenomenon, adapted from Toy Time by Christopher Byrne:
What could anyone say about Barbie that hasn't been said? Never before in the history of toys - or popular culture, for that matter - have a few ounces of plastic had such a profound impact on so many. Volumes have been written about her, and her importance as a cultural icon has been well known for more than half a century. To some she is an institution, a trendsetter and a totem that empowered and paved the way for millions of young women. To others, she is the emblem of what's wrong with our culture, promoting an unrealistic standard of beauty and forcing girls and women to adhere to dated and pernicious gender stereotypes.
Why We Love Her
Given her stature in the culture, Barbie's history has always been defined this tension between the joy she has brought to millions, - and the controversy she has courted. But the fact of the matter is that Barbie, like any toy, only 'lives' in the imagination so she is neither heroine or villainess, but only what she is imagined to be. Fortunately, her little plastic shoulders have repeatedly proven her more than equal to hold the weight placed on them over the years.
Barbie's history is well known, but it bears repeating that in the 1950s, when she first came on the scene, there was no such thing as a fashion doll. There were baby dolls, naturally, because all girls were inevitably going to be mothers. But the only dolls that let girls play with fashion were paper dolls. As the story goes, the idea for Barbie was born when Ruther Handler, a partner in Mattel, watched her daughter Barbara and friends play with the paper dolls and found herself wishing there were a more life-like fashion dolls for girls, one that allowed them to act out being teenagers and even grown women. Despite what some of her detractors say about Barbie today, Handler believed passionately that this type of play would help girls build their self-esteem.
So Handler approached the Mattel executives (all men) who rejected the idea. However, not long after, while on a trip to Germany, Ruth found the inspiration for the doll she had envisioned. Called Lilli, the popular doll confirmed Ruth's belief that there was a market for a doll that was grown-up, beautiful and had a killer wardrobe. She brought Lilli back to the U.S., and used it as a loose model to create an entirely new design for a slim, attractive and eleven-and-one-half-inches tall plastic doll. Ruth finally convinced Mattel to test the doll, and hired designer Charlotte Johnson to create the clothes. Finally, she named it Barbie in honor of her daughter.
At first, the toy trade was lukewarm on Barbie The Teen-Age Fashion Model, in her black-and-white swimsuit and ponytail. They'd never seen anything like her, and they were dubious about her commercial prospects - that is until little girls got her. First year sales of the dolls topped 300,000 units at about four dollars each (a lot at the time),with fashions sold separately.
As the Barbie doll became a bigger and bigger a hit, and her world started to grow, as Skipper, Stacie, Kelly, Midge, Ken and other friends joined her social circle.
But it was not always smooth sailing for Barbie. In the feminist heyday of late 1960s and early 1970s, Barbie came to represent outmoded roles for women. In the 1980's Mattel's Jill Barad led a total revamping of the brand, under the banner, 'We girls can do anything!,' lending her new relevance and appeal for a new generation of girls.
Still, there was the matter of Barbie's body. Long attacked for being a impossible representation of the human form (it is said that were she a real person, her narrow waist would be physically unable to support her ample bosom), Barbie's 'real world' measurements (36-18-33 ) have always been a lightning rod for protests, thought to cause poor body image and lack of self-esteem in young, impressionable girls.
So in 1997, Mattel made a 'more realistic' body for Barbie, and it bombed. But there was still controversy, and in 2016, Mattel introduced three new body styles for Barbie in addition to the traditional body: tall, petite and curvy. At the same time, they also introduced a wide variety of skin tones, hairstyles, fashions and much more all under the Fashionistas brand.
That was just the latest re-invention of Barbie's 'look' because like that of any fashion icon, she has been in a constant state of reinvention since she first came on the scene. For example, her pillbox hat of 1962 gave way to Carnaby Street-inspired fashions of the late 1960s to the contemporary fashions of today, and Mattel maintains a huge design staff that keeps Barbie au courant at any time. Designing a costume for Barbie has become a coup for the high-end fashion designer; more than 70 major couturiers have created clothes for Barbie and more than 150 designers claim her as inspiration.
Barbie, like the culture, will continue to evolve. She'll probably continue to draw the occasional bit of controversy as well, but she also will continue to delight her fans. As we like to say, there have been billions of Barbie dolls sold over the years, but every one of them is different because each is brought to life individually by a child who loves her.
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