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Barbie Reviews

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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.

Click on any of the images below to experience the toy through our detailed video. Learn about the pros and cons of each doll or playset so you know if it is the right ones for your little one or your collection. If you're looking for something specific, use the filters on the left to narrow them down and discover the exact edition you want. Shopping for and collecting Barbie has never been easier.

Barbie Dreamtopia Fairytale Dress-Up Gift Set

Barbie Dreamtopia Fairytale Dress-Up Gift Set

from Mattel $19.99

Barbie Dreamtopia Color Stylin' Princess African-American

Barbie Dreamtopia Color Stylin' Princess African-American

from Mattel $19.99

Barbie Dreamtopia Color Stylin' Princess

Barbie Dreamtopia Color Stylin' Princess

from Mattel $19.99

Barbie Gymnastics Coach

Barbie Gymnastics Coach

from Mattel $2.99

Barbie Tennis Coach

Barbie Tennis Coach

from Mattel $16.99

Barbie Ballet Instructor

Barbie Ballet Instructor

from Mattel $18.84

Barbie Best Fashion Friend Blue Dress Brown Hair

Barbie Best Fashion Friend Blue Dress Brown Hair

from Just Play $34.99

Barbie Best Fashion Friend Teresa

Barbie Best Fashion Friend Teresa

from Just Play $34.99

Barbie Best Fashion Friend Nikki

Barbie Best Fashion Friend Nikki

from Just Play $29.84

Barbie Best Fashion Friend Pink Dress Blonde Hair

Barbie Best Fashion Friend Pink Dress Blonde Hair

from Just Play $29.84

Barbie Farm Vet

Barbie Farm Vet

from Mattel $29.99

Barbie Glamtastic Nail Case

Barbie Glamtastic Nail Case

from Just Play $9.99

A Short History of the Barbie Doll

Since her debut in 1959, Barbie has become an inspiration to children everywhere.

In the 1950s, there was no such thing as a hard plastic "fashion doll." There were baby dolls, mostly, but the only dolls that let kids play with fashion were paper dolls. As Handler watched her daughter, Barbara, dress and style their paper dolls, she realized that they were acting out their futures as adult women, talking about becoming teenagers and their future. Handler came to believe passionately that this kind of play would help girls build their self-esteem.

But much as Ruth was convinced she had to convince the (male) marketing executives at Mattel. Initially they rejected the doll. Their thinking was that dolls should only be babies. After all that's the "way it always has been." (Perhaps they were forgetting the huge sensation the Shirley Temple doll created when it was introduced.)

Soon after, though Handler found what she needed to make the sale. On a trip to Europe, she discovered a doll named Lilli, which had been introduced four years earlier in 1955. Lilli confirmed Handler's belief that there was a market for a doll that represented a real grownup (or at least a teenager) that was beautiful and had an extensive wardrobe of fashionable clothing.

Handler brought one of the dolls back to the stage and created a new design for dolls—slim, attractive and eleven inches tall. She finally convinced a skeptical Mattel team to launch the doll, even hiring designer Charlotte Johnson to create a line of clothes. She named the new doll Barbie, in honor of her daughter.

The newly designed Barbie doll was unveiled at the New York Toy Fair in 1959. While not an instant hit with the toy trade, girls loved her, and the first year sales topped 350,000 units at the then-incredible price of $3.00 each.

The Barbie doll's special magic has always been the way she reflected the world, the aspirations and the possibilities of little girls. And Barbie has change as the world has changed. In 1959, Barbie could be a fashion model or a bride. Fast forward, and she's had nearly 150 careers, and always been a fashion icon, and just as Ruth hoped, a springboard for imagination and dreams.

Barbie has also always been a lightning rod for criticism, but we take a somewhat dim view of that. A lot of adults have asked that Barbie be something more or different, that when Teen Talk Barbie said, "Math is hard," that was sexist. The fact of the matter is that for many kids, math is, hard, and it's quite empowering that your toy understands that.

Barbie's body has always been controversial. But think about it: Barbie is shaped the way she is because she's easy for little girls to dress. Her body is long and thin. Her clothes are often a tube, and little fingers can slide them on the doll easily.

The point is that when little girls looked at Barbie, they only saw that she was pretty, and she had adventures and could be anything at any time. She really has always been animated by the imagination.

But, as noted, Barbie has always been responsive to the culture, and in 2016, Mattel introduced a line of Barbie dolls with different body types, skin tones, hair colors and much more, reflecting the diversity that kids see around them in the world today. And you know what kids' first response was when they saw them was? They're pretty.

Best of all, Barbie play is still as empowering as it ever was. From an astronaut to a CEO, the queen of the fairies or a holiday keepsake, Barbie is the very definition of a classic toy that bonds families and completes collections.

Chances are Barbie will keep evolving over time. Scroll back up to the top to find the newest Barbie dolls. Whether you're a collector or a kid, you'll find something wonderful, and you have to admit that for nearly 60 years, Barbie remains pretty...amazing.

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