I recently doll in the store, and was very disappointed. I have been collecting Holiday Barbie for a long time and am only missing a couple of dolls. Her box seems cheap, althought I like the idea if a snow globe. Her dress and make up appear to have a lack of flair.
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Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel, noticed her daughter Barbara and friends played with their paper dolls putting them in roles such as college students and adult professionals. Since most three dimensional dolls at the time were baby dolls, Ruth had the idea to create an adult or teen doll. While travelling in Europe she purchased a Lilli doll which became part of the inspiration for her Barbie Doll design. Barbie was patented in 1958 and brought to the New York Toy Fair in 1959. While it was coolly received by toy buyers, it was well received by the public and has become the world's number one selling doll. The original doll was a teenage fashion model named Barbara Millicent Roberts from Willows, WI. She was available as a blonde or a brunette. Mattel introduced Ken Carson, Barbie's boyfriend, in 1961.
Barbie has always represented a woman with choices. Over the years she has reflected changes in clothing, hair styles and makeup. She has had more than 130 careers and even run for president. Barbie has been outfitted by more than 75 designers. She has had more than 50 pets. She has represented more than 45 different nationalities.
Barbie is no longer just a toy. She has become a very collectible doll. The introduction of Blue Rhapsody Barbie in 1986 marked both the first limited edition collector Barbie as well as the first porcelain Barbie. Mattel also created collector tiers of Pink, Black, Gold and Platinum Label Barbies. Special collections such as the Happy Holidays series, Dolls of the World, and Designer collections such as Bob Mackie have broadened the collector appeal. With Barbies representing all kinds of fashions, nationalities, careers and more there is certain to be one that appeals to just about everyone.
Dolls of the World
Gone with the Wind
I Love Lucy
Lord of the Rings
My Fair Lady
Wizard of Oz
There must still be quite a few collectors of Barbie items. One of them descended on my recent rummage sale, snapping up a good-sized box of dolls, clothing and accessories.
Happy Holiday Barbie Dolls Dolls were made from 1988 to 1998. The 1988 Happy Holiday Barbie is considered to be the first "Collectible Barbie", although it wasn't originally planned that way. The dolls rapidly sold out and almost immediately began to command big prices on the secondary market. Based on the popularity of that doll, Mattel realized there was a huge market for Barbie Dolls for adult collectors. This was the beginning of the "Barbie craze" that continued to grow, reached an absolute fevered pitch in the late 1990s (thanks to the advent of eBay). Unfortunately for many, the craze has died down since the early 2000s, but there are still many adult Barbie collectors.