- Barbie™ is a best-selling doll launched at the American International Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. The doll is produced by Mattel, Inc. She took the world by storm, surprising skeptical toy critics at New York’s Toy Fair. With her good looks, charm, and charisma, she won audiences over in record time. Soon, little girls across America, and later, the world, were singing her praises. In the coming years, both adults and children would collect her in record numbers. Today she remains one of the hottest selling toys in the world.
- She’s a successful businesswoman, a member of a rock band and a Women’s World Cup Soccer player. Who is this superstar? It’s none other than Barbie™ doll. Commemorating her 50th anniversary in March 09, 2009. Barbie™ doll is further expanding her versatile and limitless roles to inspire girls’ dreams as she prepares for the future.
- Ruth Handler watched her daughter Barbara at play with paper dolls, and noticed that she often enjoyed giving them adult roles. At the time, most children’s toy dolls were representations of infants. Realizing that there could be a gap in the market, she suggested the idea of an adult-bodied doll to her husband Elliot, Mattel toy company. He was unenthusiastic about the idea, as were Mattel’s directors.
- During a trip to Germany in 1956 with her children Barbara and Kenneth, Ruth Handler discovered a German doll called the Bild Lilli doll in a shop window.
The adult-figured Lilli doll was exactly what Handler had in mind, so she purchased three of them. She gave one to her daughter and took the others back to Mattel. The Lilli doll was based on a popular character appearing in a comic strip drawn by Reinhard Beuthin for the newspaper Die Bild-Zeitun. On June 24th 1952 she first appeared in the newspaper as a cartoon character.
Lilli was a working girl who knew what she wanted and was not above using men to get it. In 1953 Bild-Zeitung decided to market a Lilli doll and contacted Max Weissbrodt from the toy company O&M Hausser in Neustadt/Coburg, Germany. Following Beuthien’s drawings, Weissbrodt designed the prototype of the doll. The Lilli doll was available in two sizes: 30 cm (12 inches) and 19 cm (7.5 inches). The Lilli doll was first sold in Germany on August 12, 1955, and although it was initially sold to adults, it became popular with children who enjoyed dressing her up in outfits that were available separately.
On her return to the United States, Handler reworked the design of the doll (with help from engineer Jack Ryan) and the doll was given a new name, Barbie™, after Handler’s daughter Barbara. The doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair New York on March 9, 1959. This date is also used as Barbie’s™ official birthday. Mattel acquired the rights to the Bild Lilli doll in 1964 and production of Lilli was stopped.
The first Barbie™ doll wore a black and white zebra striped swimsuit and signature topknot ponytail, and was available as either a blonde or brunette. The doll was marketed as a “Teen-age Fashion Model”, with her clothes created by Mattel fashion designer Charlotte Johnson.
Around 350,000 BarbieTM dolls were sold during the first year of production.
- Barbie’s™ appearance has been changed many times, most notably in 1971 when the doll’s eyes were adjusted to look forwards rather than sideways.
- Barbie™ was one of the first toys to have a marketing strategy based extensively on televistion advertising, which has been widely copied by other toys.
Barbie’s™ frist TV commercial in 1959
Barbie™ & Ken™ TV commercial in 1961
Barbie™ TV commercial from the early 1960’s
Barbie™ TV commercial promoting the Barbie™ Fan Club
See more Barbie doll TV commercials at my YouTube Page Barbara Roberts
- It is estimated that over a billion Barbie™ dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries, with Mattel claiming that three Barbie™ dolls are sold every second.
- Barbie™ products include not only the range of dolls with their clothes and accessories, but also a huge range of Barbie™ branded goods such as books, fashion items and video games.
- Barbie® has appeared in a series of animated films and makes a brief guest appearance in the 1999 film Toy Story 2. In Toy Story 3 (2010) – we meet Toy Story’s newest character Ken and Ken lays eyes on Barbie for the first time! In Toy Story 4 (2012) – Woody and Buzz lead a group of toys in giving Barbie and Ken the Hawaiian vacation of their dreams – but it has to be in Bonnie’s room in the middle of winter, because Ken badly miscalculated the travel arrangements.
- December 2, 2016: The live action Barbie movie will be released in June 29, 2018.
Amy Schumer is in negotiations to play the title role in Barbie, the live-action Sony Pictures film based on the venerable Mattel toyline. The PG movie will begin production in the spring for a global summer 2018 tentpole bow, after Schumer puts her imprint on the Hilary Winston script, doing a rewrite with her sister Kim Caramele. Given her edgy stand-up comedy and her movie breakthrough writing and starring in the R-rated Trainwreck, what makes Schumer the right actress to play the embodiment of a beloved toyline that for years featured a doll with impossibly perfect physical proportions? Aside from the fact that she has Barbie hair, Schumer’s growing stature as a role model for female empowerment fits perfectly with how the film will exploit Barbie’s evolution into dolls of different sizes and shapes.
Schumer will play a character who lives in Barbieland, among all of the various Barbie characters beloved by doll collectors (there are dolls covering over 180 careers). In a fish-out-of-water story reminiscent of films like Splash and Big, Schumer’s Barbie gets kicked out, basically because she’s not perfect enough, is a bit eccentric and doesn’t quite fit the mold. She then goes on an adventure in the real world and by the time she returns to Barbieland to save it, she has gained the realization that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself, free of the obligation to adhere to some unattainable standard of perfection. Mattel, with a lot at stake since the toyline has generated $3 billion in sales, signed off on the take. Read more….
- Almost uniquely for a toy fashion doll, Barbie® has become a cultural icon and has been given honors that are rare in the toy world. In 1974 a section of Times Square in New York Cittywas renamed Barbie® Boulevard for a week, while in 1986 the artist Andy Warhol created a painting of Barbie®. Why Warhol painted Barbie, read the story.
A second version of Warhol’s painting, this time with an orange-red background instead of blue, was created for and purchased by Mattel.
50 years later…
Dec.3,2015 at 10AM PT, Andy Warhol Barbie Doll at The Barbie Collection.com. The Doll sold out at the same time it came out!?
- In 2013, in Taiwan, the first Barbie-themed restaurant called “Barbie Café” opened under the Sinlaku group.
- February 18, 2015, HELLO Barbie. A Barbie girl in a techie world: Barbie doll to get digital makeover.
The iconic Barbie doll is getting a 21st century makeover, with Wi-Fi and speech recognition skills. Its maker Mattel is partnering with US start-up ToyTalk to make a version called Hello Barbie. Using tech similar to the digital assistants Siri and Google Now, the doll will be able to have two-way conversations with children.
It will also be able to play interactive games and even tell stories and jokes.
Scarily, it will remember what you tell it too. Mention you like dancing, and it might bring it up in a future chat.
It connects over Wi-Fi, and will last an hour of chat before needing recharging.
The doll has a microphone, speaker and two LEDs in its necklace.
“The number one request we hear from girls around the world is that they want to have a conversation with Barbie. Now, for the first time ever, Barbie can have a two-way conversation,” a Mattel spokesperson told the BBC. ToyTalk’s CEO Oren Jacob told Fast Company that Barbie’s most requested feature is speech: kids have always wanted to talk to her. Now the companies are making that a reality, though it’ll likely take some time before fans can get their hands on one. Mattel is at least exhibiting a prototype at the North American Toy Fair, and Chip Chick has recorded a video (below) of Hello Barbie chatting with her human gal pal. You go, girl!
- December 23, 2015. 2016 Silkstone® Dolls “The New Classics” The new dolls have articulation at the knees, elbows, wrists and torso. The New Collection beginning at February o1 2016 with
Classic Black Dress Barbie® Doll
- January 28, 2016. Barbie’s got a new body. Three new bodies, actually: petite, tall and curvy, in Mattel’s exhaustively debated lexicon, and beginning Jan. 28 2016.By introducing more variety into the line, Barbie® is offering girls choices that are better reflective of the world they see today. The new 2016 Barbie® Fashionistas® collection includes 4 body types, 7 skin tones, 18 eye colors, 18 hairstyles, and countless on-trend fashions and accessories.
- Febryary 21, 2017, NEW YORK – Mattel received the highly coveted Toy of the Year (T.O.T.Y.) award in the “Doll of the Year” category for Barbie Fashionistas. In 2016, the Barbie brand introduced three new body types, curvy, tall and petite, along with new skin tones, hair types and countless fashions making the Barbie Fashionistas line the most diverse doll line to date. The award was presented Friday evening in New York at the Toy Industry Association’s Annual T.O.T.Y. Awards gala.
- April 1, 2016. The Japanese beauty brand Hacci that is famous for their honey product released the first image from their new Barbie beauty colection.
- January 25, 2017 The South Korean fashion brand PLAYNOMORE released a Barbie collection.
- November 2016 – Barbie® Hello Dreamhouse™. Barbie Dreamhouse™ has received a digital makeover.
Say hello to the Barbie® Hello Dreamhouse™ play set! This two-story smart home’s innovative features reflect today’s modern lifestyle. Recognizing more than 100 voice commands, Hello Dreamhouse™ responds to your directions with lights, sounds and motors. Floor and feature switches in each room bring your stories to life.
Use the Hello Dreamhouse™ Companion app to customize sounds in 15 locations throughout the house. You can even record your own sound effects! The six fabulous rooms feature realistic backdrops and provide a trendy palette for your decorating ideas. Rearrange the furniture and accessories again and again as you play out your favorite Barbie® stories. The elegant hallway is the perfect place to greet friends. Open the door with a voice command, then set the chandelier spinning in nine different colors to create an exciting dance floor for your parties. The fire crackles in the living room, the toilet flushes in the bathroom and the oven light turns on when you’re ready to cook. Check your messages in the office, and sleep with a cozy nightlight in the bedroom. Travel between floors on the real working elevator or on the magical staircase that you can turn into a slide!
Colorful furniture with modern designs include a dining set with two chairs, a couch, a circle chair, a stool, a coffee table, a bed and two chandeliers. Realistic house accessories—such as place settings, bathroom supplies, pillows, a tablet and laptop and a vase of flowers—expand your creative expression and storytelling fun! Exciting light and music displays bring a new level of excitement to your stories. Celebrate holidays, throw surprise parties and live out your superhero or princess dreams. You can even be a mermaid and swim through the rooms as if they were an imaginary blue sea.
Using speech recognition technology and signature Barbie® style, Hello Dreamhouse™ offers so many options for customization and play.
February 17, 2017 Barbie Is Now a Hologram,Barbie’s new mold is in the form of a futuristic hologram.
Mattel this Friday unveiled the debut of Hello Barbie Hologram, a new artificial intelligence-powered version of the popular doll that will feature a holographic character to give “girls an entirely new way to engage with Barbie throughout the day.” Debuting at the industry’s New York City Toy Fair, Hello Barbie Hologram will feature speech recognition and is essentially a nightstand version of Barbie…… read more.
Video from YouTube member 3decades3kids
- June 20, 2017 Today, Barbie® announced the expansion of its Fashionistas® line with diverse Ken® dolls, featuring three body types: slim, broad and original & seven skin tones, eight hair colors, nine hairstyles and on-trend fashions.
Video from GQ
Ken Fashionistas® line Summer 2017 and Spring 2018.
- July 13, 2017 Pretty in pink! Fashion brand Missguided launches new collection inspired by BARBIE – complete with matching miniature outfits for the iconic dolls. The collection will launch on the 13th of July on the Missguided global and Australian website, with pieces ranging from $7 to $70.
- January, 2018 Plains and Prints & Barbie. The Philippine fashion brand Plains and Prints released a capsule Barbie collection with 10 different dresses, all inspired by iconic Barbie designs. And with every P 10,000 purchase you get a limited edition Barbie wearing on of the pieces from the collection.
- January 7, 2018 LIQUID LIPSTICK BARBIE. The special edition of the most loved lipstick by WYCON lovers. Wonderful collaboration between Italian makeup brand Wycon Cosmetics and Barbie.
- (1959 – present) Barbie Roberts ™ The first Barbie doll was described as a “Teen Age Fashion Model” on her packaging. According to the Random House books, the Barbie character’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and her parents’ names are George and Margaret Roberts. Barbie™ has been said to attend Willows High School in Willows, Wisconsin and Manhattan International High School in Newyork City, (based on the real-life Stuyvesant High School). She is the main character in the “Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse” series.
- Barbie™ has an on-off romantic relationship with her beau (1961-present) Ken Carson™, The second character added to the line, Ken has been Barbie’s boyfriend for much of the time the character has existed. After a short break, they got back together. According to the 1960s Random House books, Ken’s full name is Ken Carson. In Barbie Fashion Comic #34 from 1993, Ken’s mother is named Edna. In Barbie Fashion Comic #52 from 1995, Edna’s father is named Kenneth. In Brazil in the 1980s, the Estrela company named the doll Bob instead of Ken.
2004 (February) Mattel announced that Barbie™ and Ken™ had split up!
2011 They were back together again ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
He is a main character in the “Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse” series.
- (1963 – present) Midge Hadley Sherwood ™ .
1988 (- 2001) Midge® Return: California Dream Midge™
After she married Allan/Alan in 1991, she became Midge Hadley Sherwood. In the 1990s Price Stern Sloan series Adventures with Barbie, she and Alan are married, and in book 5, The Phantom of Shrinking Pond, by Suzanne Weyn, copyright 1992, it’s implied that she is named after her Aunt Margaret (not the same person as Margaret Roberts). 2002 ( – 2006) Mattel made the “Happy Family”™ line with Alen ™ and Midge™ . She is named Viky in Brazil. In 2013, she was brought back in the “Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse” web series. In the series, she undergoes a makeover to look more modern, though the character tends to act like she is still in the 1960s. There is no mention of Allan/Alan in the series.
- (1964 -1965) Allen Sherwood™ had been marketed as Midge’s™ boyfriend in the vintage years. (1991 – 2006) Alen ™ and Midge™ are now married . They got married in 1991 and in 2002 Mattel made the “Happy Family”™ line with Alen ™ and Midge™, they stopped making the line in mid 2006.
- (1964–present) Skipper Roberts™ was the first character added to the line as part of Barbie doll’s family. Skipper™ is Barbie™ doll’s younger sister, originally appearing to be approximately 10 years of age, and later becoming a teenager.
- (1965-1976) Tutti Roberts™ Twin sister of Todd™ (1965 – 1976) ,both Tutti™ and Todd™ were younger siblings of Barbie™ and Skipper™, and had seamless ‘bendy’ bodies. Both dolls appear to be approximately 4 years of age.
- Francie Fairchild ™ (1966-present) Cousin of Barbie™, Skipper™, Tutti™ and Todd™. Francie™ appeared to be only slightly younger than Barbie™, and had a much less shapely figure. The Francie™ doll was the first to feature rooted eyelashes. In the March 1966 issue of Barbie™ Magazine, she is the daughter of Claude and Lily Fairchild.
- Jazzie™ (1988-1992) A new cousin of Barbie™, part of a small group of high school age dolls.
- Stacie™ (1990) Introduced as Kelly™, in the 1991 Wedding Day Midge™ gift set as the flower girl, this doll is often confused with Tutti™, though the Tutti™ character had been discontinued for years at this time. Kelly™ was renamed Stacie™ shortly thereafter, and the Kelly™ name was used for a younger character.
- Todd Roberts™ (1990-2001 ) Introduced in the 1991 Wedding Day Midge™ gift set as the ring bearer, this doll should not be confused with the earlier Todd™ doll. His packaging mentions that he is the “twin brother of Stacie™,” similar to how the other Todd’s packaging said he was the “twin brother of Tutti™.” Mattel’s continuity for Barbie’s family and friends has not been consistent over the years, some characters disappear for years at a time, others are dropped indefinitely, and still others continue for years while undergoing marked changes in appearance.
- Kelly Roberts™ (1995-late 2010) This character is of toddler age, and is sister to Barbie™, Skipper™, and Stacie™. Originally the baby of the family (replaced by her younger sister Krissy™ Roberts in 1999), she also has five older sisters named Stacie™, Chelsea™, Tutti™ Roberts, and Skipper™, and a brother named Todd™ Roberts. In Europe, she is known as Shelly™. Kelly™ dolls have since ceased production in late 2010 and were replaced by Chelsea™. Excluding a brief period when the design of the Kelly™ doll was changed to have an oval-shaped head, larger eyes, and longer limbs marketed under the name “Sweetsville,” Kelly™ dolls have stayed true to their original design which debuted in 1995. A Kelly™ doll was introcuced in the early 1990s as part of the Midge™ and Alen™ wedding party, a set of 6 dolls dressed for a wedding. This Kelly™ doll is 7 1/2 inches tall, exactly the same size as the ring bearer, Todd™, who is wearing a Tux. She is wearing a peach dotted Swiss dress and carries a white basket of flowers as she is the flower girl. She was made for a very limited time as part of this set. She has long blonde hair. The Todd™ doll which is made from the same mold has fuzzy brown hair. They both appear to be 6 to 9 years old and are very rare and she is a very pretty little girl doll. It appears that there were no clothes other than the wedding attire made for either of these dolls.
- Krissy Roberts ™ (1999-2001) – This character is an infant, and is only intermittently included in the Barbie™ sibling lineup.
- Blaine Gordon ™ (2004) – Barbie’s Australian ex-boyfriend, whom she dated during her much-publicized “breakup” with the Ken™ character. Blaine™ is said to be the brother of Summer, one of Barbie’s friends.
- Chelsea Roberts™ (2010–present) – Barbie’s younger sister. She replaced Kelly™. She appears to be approximately 5–7 years old and is slightly taller than Kelly™. The doll was first produced in 2011 as part of the “My Fab Sisters”™ line. She is the youngest sister of Barbie currently sold (Mattel discontinued Kelly™ shortly before Chelsea™ was produced). She has blonde hair and blue eyes (very similar to Kelly). Mattel has also made African American versions of Chelsea™.
- Mattel has created a range of companions for Barbie™, including Hipanic Teresa™, African American Christie™ and Steven™ (Christie’s boyfriend).
For more pictures and details, see my total list ‘the Facebook of Barbie’s friends and family‘
- Barbie™ has had over forty pets including cats and dogs, horses, a panda, a lion cub, and a zebra.
- She has owned pink conver tibles, trailers, jeeps and more.
- She also holds a pilot’s license, and operates commercial airliners in addition to serving as a flight attendant.
She has been, among many others, an Astronaut, 2012-2016 President from USA and 2013 Kanzlerin from Germany.
Barbie’s® careers are designed to show that women can take on a variety of roles in life.
- Barbie’s® poplarity ensures that her effect on the play of Western children attracts a high degree of scrutiny. The criticisms leveled at her are often based on the assumption that children consider Barbie® a role model and will attempt to emulate her.
The Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and prevention of Virtue and Prevention of Vice stated “Jewish Barbie® dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of decadence to the perverted West. Let us beware of her dangers and be careful.”In Middle Eastern countries there is an alternative doll called Fulla who is similar to Barbie® but is designed to be more acceptable to an Islamic market. Fulla is not made by the Mattel Corporation. In Iran, Sara and Dara Dolls are available as an alternative to Barbie®. But they also sold in 2008 the Western Barbiecolection.April 28, 2008 A top Irarian judiciary official has warned against the “destructive” cultural and social consequences of importing Barbiedolls and other Western toys.
- Jan 16, 2012 – 11:05 AM ET Iran is cracking down on sales of Barbie dolls, but will mass-produce model toys based on the RQ-170 Sentinel drone the country captured after it crashed within its borders.
1997 The word Barbie® has come to be used as a derogatory slang term for a girl or woman who is considered stupid, most famously in the song Barbie® Girl.”Barbie Girl” is a song by the Danish–Norwegian dance-pop group Aqua. It was released in May 1997 as their third single overall, and the first United Kingdom release, it is included on the album Aquarium. The song was written by Johnny Mosegaard Pedersen and Karsten Dahlgaard after the group saw an exhibit on kitsch culture.The song topped the charts worldwide, particularly in European countries such as the UK, where it was a number-one hit for three weeks. It was also on top of the charts in Australia for the same length of time, and debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on 6 September 1997 and it remains Aqua’s biggest hit single in the US to date, and their only one to reach the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. It is Aqua’s most popular work. The song became the subject of the controversial lawsuit Mattel v. MCA Records.
- In 1992 Mattel released Teen Talk Barbie®,which spoke a number of phrases including “Will we ever have enough clothes?”, “I love shopping!”, and “Wanna have a Pizza party?” Each doll was programmed to say four out of 270 possible phrases, so that no two dolls were likely to be the same. One of these 270 phrases was “Math class is tough!” Although only about 1.5% of all the dolls sold said the phrase, it caused a public outcry.
- Barbie’s waist widens®, one of the most common criticisms of Barbie®
Barbie’s® is that she promotes an unrealistic idea of body image for a woman, leading to a risk that women who attempt to emulate her will become anorexic. Critics have argued that for a woman to have Barbie’s® body, she would need to be 7 feet 2 inches tall, weigh 115-130 pounds, have 30 to 36 inch hips, an 18 to 23 inch waist and a 38 to 48 inch bust. Additionally, she would lack the 17 to 22 percent body fat required for a woman to menstruate. In 1997 Barbie® was redesigned and given a wider waist, with Mattel saying that this would make the doll better suited to contemporary fashion designs. A standard Barbie® doll is 11.5 inches tall, giving a height of 5 feet 9 inches at 1/6 scale. January 28 2016. Barbie’s Got a New Body…….. Three new bodies, actually: petite, tall and curvy, in Mattel’s exhaustively debated lexicon, and beginning Jan. 28 they will be sold alongside the original busty, thin-waisted form on Barbie.com. They’ll all be called Barbie, but it’s the curvy one—with meat on her thighs and a protruding tummy and behind—that marks the most startling change to the most infamous body in the world.
- “Colored Francie®” made her debut in 1967, and she is sometimes described as the first Afrian American Barbie® doll. However, she was produced using the existing molds for the Caucasian Francie® doll and lacked correct ethnic features other than a dark skin.
The first African American doll in the Barbie® range is usually regarded as Christie™. who made her debut in 1968.
- Black Barbie™ and Hispanic Barbie™ were launched in 1980.
- In 1976 Barbie was placed in the “Time Capsule” American Bicentennial to be opened in 2076.
In 1997 Mattel joined forces with Nabisco to launch a cross-promotion of Barbie® with Oreo cookies. Oreo Fun Barbie® was marketed as someone with whom little girls could play after class and share “America’s favorite cookie.” As had become the custom, Mattel manufactured both a white and a black version. Critics argued that in the African American community Oreo is a derogatory term for a person like the chocolate sandwich cookie itself, meaning that the person is black on the outside and white on the inside. The doll was unsuccessful and Mattel recalled the unsold stock, making it sought after by collectors.
In May 1997 Mattel introduced , a doll in a pink wheelchair. Kjersti Johnson, a 17-year-old high school student in Tacoma, Washington with cerebral palsy, pointed out that the doll would not fit into the elevator of Barbie’s® $100 Dream House. Mattel announced that it would redesign the house in the future to accommodate the doll.
In March 2000 stories appeared in the media claiming that the hard vinyl used in vintage Barbie® dolls could leak toxic chemicals, causing danger to children playing with them. The claim was rejected as false by technical experts. A modern Barbie® doll has a body made from ABS plastic, while the head is made from soft PVC.
- In December 2005 Dr. Agnes Nairn at the University of Bath in England published research suggesting that girls often go through a stage where they hate their Barbie® dolls and subject them to a range of punishments, including decapition and placing the doll in a microwave oven. Dr. Nairn said: “It’s as though disavowing Barbie® is a rite of passage and a rejection of their past.”
- In April 2009, the launch of a Totally Tattoos Barbie with a range of tattoos that could be applied to the doll, including a lower back tattoo, led to controversy. Mattel’s promotional material read “Customize the fashions and apply the fun temporary tattoos on you too”, but Ed Mayo, chief executive of Consumer Focus, argued that children might want to get tattooed themselves.
- In July 2010, Mattel released “Barbie Video Girl“, a Barbie doll with a pinhole video camera in its chest, enabling clips of up to 30 minutes to be recorded, viewed and uploaded to a computer via a USB cable. On November 30, 2010, The FBIissued a warning in a private memo that the doll could be used to produce child pornography, although it stated publicly that there was “no reported evidence that the doll had been used in any way other than intended.
Animated Films starring Barbie
Fun of Collecting
- September 13, 2012. The world record for the Largest Barbie doll collection, 17000 Barbie dolls. Barbie Collector Bettina Dorfmann from Germany poses in front of her Barbie doll collection in Düsseldorf, Germany.
She has beencollecting the dolls since 1993 Ever since Barbie was created, in 1959, it’s estimated about 1 billion dolls have been produced, and there are over 100,000 passionate doll collectors all around the world, hunting for the rarest items. But none is more dedicated than Bettina Dorfman. In the last 19 years she has amassed an impressive collection of over 15,000 Barbie dolls, from vintage items of the 1960s, to the latest models launched by Mattel. The 52-year-old Dusseldorf-based collector says she has loved Barbie ever since she was just a little girl. ”They are great for children. You can wash their hair, change their clothes, buy new outfits”, she told the BBC, back in 2009, when she had “only” 6,000 dolls. But even after she grew up, Barbie still appealed to her, and since her daughter Melissa always seemed more interested in the new Barbies that came out than in the old ones Bettina had saved for her, she decided to keep them for herself.
July 5, 2013 MDR:
March 31, 2015: New Barbie Book from Bettina Dorfmann “Puppen Preisführer 2015-2016”.
November 24, 2016 13:01 Guinness World Records was live:
We’re LIVE with record holder Bettina Dorfmann from Dusseldorf, Germany who has an enormous collection of Barbie dolls and stars in the new #GWR2017 book. Join us now for a tour of this extensive collection of 17,000 unique items:
August 6, 2017 Metro (UK): Meet the woman with the world’s biggest Barbie collection of 17,000 dolls.
- Mattel estimates that there are well over 100,000 avid Barbie® collectors. Ninety percent are women, at an average age of 40, purchasing more than twenty Barbie® dolls each year. Forty-five percent of them spend upwards of $1500 a year.
- Why Barbie is a real doll of an investment? In most cases, turning a profit in the world of doll collecting requires a great deal of research and patience. But a very recent example shows that trend spotting can be an exception to the rule. In October 2011, Mattel released tokidoki Barbie, complete with a pink bob hairdo, tattoos and cactus friend, Bastardino. The dolls retailed for $50 and are, as of this writing, listed on Amazon.com starting at $400 and going for as much as $1,590.
Feb 12, 2016 , 2:54AM. 2009 Moonlight Mist – Designed by Robert Best ONE OF A KIND. This Ooak doll designed for the National Barbie Doll Convention in 2009 was listed on Ebay. And again she was sold for an amazing prize. This time she went to her new owner for $8,300.00.
That kind of escalation in value is rare in a market where vintage or antique is typically the way to go. Typically, though, the money to be made collecting Barbie dolls revolves around acquiring vintage dolls that are, optimally, still in the box with all their accessories, including the stand. Vintage Barbie® dolls from the early years are the most valuable at auction. MIB NO. 1 #850 Barbie from 1959 can fetch between $7,000 and $27,000 depending upon the condition. A MIB NO. 1 #850 Barbie from 1959 sold for $14,000.00 on EBAY.COM at February 21, 2009.
September 26, 2006 Christie’s – London: private collection of 4,000 Barbie dolls being sold.
The doll was a Barbie® in Midnight Red® from 1965
This was part of a collection of 4,000 Barbie dolls being sold by two Dutch women, Ietje Raebel and her daughter Marina. By the time the hammer came down for the final time the sale total was 111,288 pounds (Approximaly $179,593. USD)
- You can also collect only Barbie – Fashion Booklets. See a Dutch collector take it on! See her facebook site with pictures from her collection.
- When you go to the National Barbie® Doll Collectors Convention, you’re in for a tremendous experience! It’s created by people like Maria, who serve on the convention steering committee and work hard to deliver a fabulous event for attendees from around the world. Learn more about Maria, her collecting tastes, and how she came to work on the convention in this Collector Spotlight interview!
- The 2012 National Barbie® Doll Collectors Convention was a blast! Take a look back with us, with scenes from the fabulous fashion show, interviews of convention attendees by Robert Best, and shots of the incredibly detailed displays for the “atelier” collection dolls. Bill Greening also shares why he loves coming to the Barbie conventions in this two-minute video recap. Watch now!
- August 9, 2012 tvbayern.tv shows: Woman bequeathed Barbie collection at Toy Museum- 2000 Barbie dolls for the Nuremberg Toy Museum.
- May 16, 2013 Barbie-Dreamhouse opens on 16 May in Berlin – The interactive walk-in exhibition Barbie-Dreamhouse opens on 16 May in Berlin. The 2500 square meter doll’s house is a mixture of museum and interactive glamour world. Also an exhibition from the Barbie Collector Bettina Dorfman. It’s mainly aimed at the leggy blonde’s fans.
New “Barbie Collection” Collectors:
- How do people get their start as new “Barbie Collection Collectors”, and what makes it so much fun for them? Watch Anne’s take on it!
- March 9, 2013 Florida USA – ABC News: Man lives with 2,000 Barbie dolls.
- In recent years Mattel has sold a wide range of Barbie® dolls aimed specifically at collectors, including Porcelain versions and depictions of Barbie® as a range of characters from television series such as The Munsters and Star Trek. There are also collector’s edition dolls depicting Barbie® dolls with a range of different ethnic identities.
- Introduced in 2000, Silkstone Barbie Dolls are also known as Fashion Model Barbie dolls and Lingerie Model Barbie dolls. They are called silkstone, because they are made of a very hard plastic that is intended to mimic porcelain. These dolls have been very popular since their introduction. Many vintage Barbie collectors love the vintage-style flavor of the silkstones.