2018 Holiday Barbie Review (Mattel)

2018 Holiday Barbie
What It Is

It's time to celebrate another holiday season with Barbie, but this year is extra special. It's the 30th anniversary of the Holiday Barbie Doll, and the red dress worn by the three dolls in the 2018 collection is inspired by the red dress worn by the very first Holiday Barbie back in 1988.

This beautiful red gown has multi-tiered layers on both the bodice and the skirt. It has off-the-shoulder cap sleeves with a delicate red bow tied at the waist. The silver bracelet, necklace, and headband accessories together have 30 faux pearls in them to help celebrate the anniversary and add finishing touches to the look. 

While the dolls wear the same outfit and have their nails painted the same shade of red, each doll is striking a different pose and has a different makeup look based on her unique skin tone, supposedly those of Barbie, Teresa, and Nikki characters. And each doll wears her hair differently. Barbie wears her hair in a center part with her curls cascading down her back. Teresa wears her dark hair pulled up in a high ponytail with a braided accent. And Nikki's hair is styled in a trendy afro.

Each doll also includes a doll stand for display and a Certificate of Authenticity.

Is It Fun?

These dolls are a great tribute to the original Holiday Barbie, and fans will definitely want to continue the tradition with any or all three of these new dolls. It's always exciting to see what the new Holiday Barbie dress is going to be, and we think the 30th anniversary details on this one are going to make this doll special for collectors. Any of these dolls would also be a nice holiday gift and way to start a Barbie collection for younger fans.

Who It’s For

The 2018 Holiday Barbie dolls are for ages 6 and up, but these are definitely collector's dolls meant for display and not play. They'd make a great introduction to a Barbie collection for young kids and a great way to continue a Holiday Barbie tradition for older fans.

What To Be Aware Of

Each 2018 Holiday Barbie doll is sold separately. Because each doll does have different features, some collectors may want to collect all three.

  • Quality

  • Collectibility

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy