Wednesday, November 19, 2008



The term Barbie doll is often misused because people tend to apply it to these types of dolls that are made from various manufacturers. Barbie is a specific doll though that is marketed by Mattel. She costs much more than other dolls you will find on the shelves. Many parents tend to buy the cheaper dolls and their children never care or know the difference. They just love to spend hours and hours playing with these dolls and their accessories.

The original Barbie came out in 1959 and continues to be the most recognized doll in the world. She is also the one that sales the most even with her more expensive tastes. It is that name brand that many children reach for when they are looking in the stores. They will also tell Santa which Barbie style and outfit they want for the holidays, and he can’t disappoint them!

The style of the clothing Barbie wears and here look has continued to evolve over the years. The first Barbie back in 1959 was white with blonde hair. Today you will also find black and Hispanic versions of Barbie out there for other ethnic groups to enjoy. Many of the different Barbie dolls are to show girls that they too can have wonderful careers. Some of the most popular career Barbies include the airline attendant and the veterinarian.

Trends change over time and for the first time in a long time Barbie is struggling to meet expected sales. There are other forms of dolls out there that younger girls are taking an interest in. the Disney show High School Music has singing dolls that compete with Barbie. There is also the Disney Hannah Montana dolls on the market that are huge sellers right now. The Bratz doll collection is also taking over some of the sales that once belonged to Barbie.

Yet there continues to be many collectors of Barbie that are adults. They account for a large portion of the sales. They continue to buy all the new Barbies that come onto the market. They also make sure they get the special holiday edition that is released each December. The cost of a Barbie depends on what you are buying and if it is new or not. Many of the earlier ones are worth thousands of dollars.