National Geographic Barbies Review (Mattel)

National Geographic Barbies
What It Is

This year Barbie expands her resume with brand new careers based on real jobs held by National Geographic scientists and explorers. The five National Geographic Barbie dolls also highlight occupations in which women are underrepresented, and girls can read more about what each job does on the back of the box. The National Geographic dolls also represent different skin tones and body shapes so that all girls can see themselves in one of these cool science jobs.

The National Geographic Barbie Wildlife Conservationist wears a two-piece outfit of khaki long-sleeved shirt, printed with the National Geographic logo at the hemline, and brown pants. She wears flat green sneakers and has her brown hair pulled back in a ponytail. Because real Wildlife Conservationists protect wild animals, such as monkeys, this doll includes a monkey figure and a notebook accessory.

The National Geographic Barbie Astrophysicist is ready to study the universe with her adjustable telescope and map of the stars. The doll wears a long-sleeved shirt with a galactic print over black leggings and black ankle boots.

Girls can help the National Geographic Barbie Photojournalist doll tell important stories with pictures through this doll's pretend camera accessory. Maybe you can snap some photos of the cute lion cub figure that comes with the doll. A third accessory is a National Geographic magazine. The doll wears a short sleeved shirt printed with a National Geographic Society vest, brown pants, and brown boots. 

The National Geographic Barbie Polar Marine Biologist doll wears sunglasses in her straight black-and-brown hair and an orange hooded coat printed with the National Geographic logo. Her black pants are tucked into her black snow boots. Because Polar Marine Biologists study oceans and marine life, including animals, this doll comes with a penguin figure. 

For even more play, there's the National Geographic Barbie Entomologist doll and playset. It comes with more than 20 accessories to help kids play out the study of insects, such as butterflies and bees. The doll wears her blonde hair pulled back in a ponytail and a long-sleeved white shirt with a pink National Geographic vest over it. She's got khaki pants and brown boots. The playset includes a lab table and a tree on which kids can place the other smaller accessories. There are 10 pretend insects that plug into the tree, flowers, rock, and water playset, and the two bug habitats, microscope, butterfly net, camera, binoculars, and National Geographic book all have a place on the lab table. There's also a play poster on the table showing a pretend ant farm, the life cycle of a butterfly, and some pretend insect specimens to examine. Lift and lower the tree limb to watch a cocoon turn into a butterfly. Barbie's magnifying glass helps her get a closer look at the insects outside and inside. 

Is It Fun?

These dolls are a great way to introduce new and very specific science careers to young girls, as well as raising awareness to the need for more women in these fields. The Barbie Careers line has always been about helping kids play out different jobs and imagining themselves in those jobs, and the National Geographic dolls are no different. These dolls will get girls interested in these exciting and adventurous careers and maybe inspire the next generation of explorers, scientists, and photographers. And it all starts with a little bit of imaginative play with Barbie.

Who It’s For

The National Geographic Barbies are for ages 3 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

The dolls are $14.99 each, while the playset with doll is $24.99.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy