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Opinion by angel028 posted over a year ago
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Through computer animation, Barbie has become the star of several feature films, including “Barbie in the Nutcracker,” “Barbie as Rapunzel,” “Barbie of Swan Lake” and “Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper.” And she has staked her claim on the Web with the popular Make Up Barbie Game, which allows girls to alter her hair, makeup and overall look.

In the late 1990s, computer technology boomed, and in 1996, Mattel launched www.barbie.com, the official Barbie website. In 1998, “My Design” was introduced on the site, allowing girls and collectors to decide what their Barbie doll friend would look like by choosing her hair/eye/makeup colors, fashion, accessories, and personality traits.

And Barbie’s reach has extended still further, to the vast sub-cult of adult Barbie worshippers, those grownups who collect, display, buy, sell and for whom the words “mint in box” have a freighted significance. Today, Barbie Collector has a website all its own, www.barbiecollector.com. The collector line now even has a dedicated online store at www.barbiecollectiblesstore.com.
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Opinion by angel028 posted over a year ago
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Barbie has younger sisters (Skipper, Stacie, Kelly, Krissy, the short-lived twins, Tutti and Todd), cousins (Francie and Jazzie), friends (Midge, Miko, Whitney, Nikki, Devon, Kira, to name a few) and of course, the steadfast Ken. But her parents played a minimal — and totally off-stage — role; no parent dolls were ever produced. She is an agent on her own behalf, a singular sensation, living her own life, forging her own destiny. In all the scenarios in which she has played, the one role Barbie never took on was that of wife, even though Mattel has made numerous bridal ensembles for her. Ken, for all his virile good looks and affable charm, really is an accessory.

Indeed, Mattel announced on Feb. 12, 2010, that Barbie and Ken, sweethearts for 43 years, are splitting up. According to the press release, the pair had grown apart and “needed some time alone” though “they would remain friends.” Whether the split is real or a publicity stunt to spark interest in the doll remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: to those in the know, Barbie’s main act was, is and will always be solo.
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Opinion by angel028 posted over a year ago
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Part of Barbie’s power is the kind of projection she invites. “I designed Barbie with a blank face so that the child could project her own dreams of the future onto Barbie,” Handler said in her book, “Dream Doll.” “I never wanted to play up the glamorous life of Barbie. I wanted the owner to create a personality for the doll.” Even the talking Barbies that appeared on the market never enjoyed the ascendancy that the mute, yet eloquent dolls did.

Barbie was both a child of her time and completely cutting edge. As the historian and author Stephanie Coontz has written, “the marketability of toys like Barbie…was a logical though ironic extension of 1950s gender roles, marital norms and consumerist values.” Early outfits produced by Mattel had names like Theatre Date, Movie Date, Party Date, Friday Nite Date and Sorority Meeting, all of which suggest that Barbie was not about to challenge anyone’s idea of traditional femininity. But what about Tennis Anyone, Ski Queen, Icebreaker, Career Girl and Graduation, which were outfits sold in 1962? Such names had the spark of an alternative narrative; clearly there was something beyond dating on Barbie...
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Opinion by angel028 posted over a year ago
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The Barbie clan began its life as white and remained so until 1967, when “Colored Francie” made her debut. But this Francie doll was produced using the existing head molds for the white Francie, and, other than her dark skin, lacked any other distinguishing African features. The first African American doll in the Barbie circle is usually regarded as Christie, who appeared in 1968. It wasn’t until 1980 that actual black and Hispanic Barbie dolls hit the market. Yet despite Mattel’s attempt to take a more racially sensitive stance, Ann Ducille, professor of American and African-American literature at the University of California, San Diego, contends that “white Barbie dolls (are) the norm. Black Barbie is toyland’s ‘but also’ just as black people are society’s ‘but also.’” Professor DuCille quotes a black mother who said that although her daughter played with a black Barbie, she still asked for “the real Barbie.”

In 1967, Mattel and Nabisco embarked on a cross-promotion of Barbie and Oreo cookies. Oreo Fun Barbie offered girls the chance to play while sharing “America’s favorite cookie.” As had become the norm, Mattel manufactured both a...
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Opinion by angel028 posted over a year ago
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There has always been a Barbie backlash; mothers who refused to buy her, women who actively bashed her. Journalist-turned-novelist Anna Quindlen fantasized about driving a “silver lamé stake” through Barbie’s plastic heart; Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Carol Shields said Barbie’s expression, with “its dumb shine of self-absorption, its trippingly tartish look of one who is out for all she can get,” is “eerily disturbing.”

Barbie has been held responsible for eating disorders and charged with offering girls a wholly unrealistic body image. A typical Barbie doll is 11.5 inches, which, at a 1/6 scale, would make her 5 feet 9 inches tall. Her vital statistics have been estimated at 36 inches (bust), 18 inches (waist) and 33 inches (hips). According to a study by the University Central Hospital in Helsinki, Finland, she would lack the 17 to 22 percent body fat required for a woman to menstruate. Slumber Party Barbie, who made her debut in 1965, came with a book entitled “How to Lose Weight” — one of its more succinct but pertinent tips was “Don’t Eat.”
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Opinion by angel028 posted over a year ago
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Eight months after Barbie’s debut at the Toy Fair, Mrs. Handler was, according to the Los Angeles Times, driving a pink Thunderbird and running a half-million-dollar business.

Barbie sales continued strong throughout the early 1960s; her clothing, her accoutrements, and her Dream House adding to skyrocketing success. In 1961, Mattel brought out the ultimate Barbie accessory: Ken, Barbie’s square-jawed, crew-cut sporting steady beau named for Mrs. Handler’s son.

In the late 1960s, with the women’s liberation movement, Barbie seemed out of step with the new social reality and faltered a bit. By 1971, the National Organization for Women had launched a full frontal assault on Barbie, condemning Mattel, as well as several other companies, for sexist advertising.

But that was the least of Mattel’s troubles. After a period of diversification — the company began manufacturing hamster cages, aquariums and pet supplies — the toy behemoth experienced a downturn, showing losses in quarter after quarter. Stock prices tumbled and in 1973, Mrs. Handler was forced to resign as president.
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Opinion by angel028 posted over a year ago
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Barbie was born during the golden age of American post-World War II prosperity with its lushly saturated Technicolor movies, tidy new suburbs and cars as large as beached whales.

In the early 1950s, Mrs. Handler got the idea of creating an adult doll after observing her daughter’s fascination with adult paper dolls, whose clothing she was able to change.

Mrs. Handler envisioned a doll onto which girls could project their desire to act like, and indeed become, grown women. But the designers at Mattel initially balked, saying the level of detail that she wanted would make the doll prohibitively expensive.

“That was the official reason,” Mrs. Handler recalled in the 1994 book, “Dream Doll: The Ruth Handler Story,” which she co-wrote with Jacqueline Shannon. “But I really think the squeamishness of those designers — every single one of them male — stemmed mostly from the fact that the doll would have breasts.”

Mrs. Handler’s idea got a jump start when her family traveled to Lucerne, Switzerland, and came across a shop window with 11-inch adult style dolls, all with identical faces but each wearing a different ski...
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Opinion by angel028 posted over a year ago
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~~~~~~Overview~~~~~~~~

Barbie, the single most successful doll ever produced, was the invention of Ruth Handler, one of the founders of the fledgling toy and novelty company, Mattel.

The petite plastic doll, named after her daughter, Barbara, made its debut on March 9, 1959 at the American International Toy Fair in New York City. For the occasion, Barbie wore a black and white striped bathing suit, shoes and sunglasses. Her price was $3, a modest sum even then. A handful of outfits was displayed alongside her, costing between $1 and $3.

At least half of the Toy Fair buyers wanted nothing to do with Barbie. There was the body, for starters, with breasts, a small waist and long legs. Then there was her expression: sullen, knowing and strangely covert. Her eyes were thickly rimmed with dark eyeliner; her lips, a candy-apple red.

Despite the initial coolness of her reception at the Toy Fair, Barbie was flying off the shelves by the summer of 1959, and stores could not keep Barbie in stock.
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Opinion by angel028 posted over a year ago
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(Barbie toys with moving, but she remodels instead)

Move or remodel? That's a question many homeowners face, and Barbie is no exception. After checking out houses across the country, the iconic doll decided to remodel her three-story home in Malibu, Calif.

"That's where most of her family and friends are, so she decided to keep her house but make it more up-to-date," said Michelle Chidoni, Barbie spokeswoman and Mattel Corp. brand manager.
The result is the 2013 Dreamhouse, which hit stores Aug. 27 with a suggested price of $184.99.

In keeping with the lighthearted spirit of Mattel's marketing campaign, real estate website Trulia listed the beachfront property for $25 million.

"In real estate, it's all about location," said real estate agent Roger Perry of Rodeo Realty in Beverly Hills, Calif. "This house has 150 feet of ocean frontage and an unobstructed view because it only has three walls. In Iowa, the price would be much lower."
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Opinion by angel028 posted over a year ago
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Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy-company Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration.
Barbie is the figurehead of a brand of Mattel dolls and accessories, including other family members and collectible dolls. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for over fifty years, and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parody of the doll and her lifestyle.
Ruth Handler watched her daughter Barbara 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, Handler suggested the idea of an adult-bodied doll to her husband Elliot, a co-founder of the Mattel toy company. He was unenthusiastic about the idea, as were Mattel's directors.
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Guide by BarbieStars101 posted over a year ago
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Barbie Millicent Roberts also known as Barbara Millicent Roberts.She was voiced by several talents: Kelly Sheridan, Diana Kaarina, Morwenna Banks, Sharon Lewis, Kate Higgins, Ashleigh Ball and Jodi Benson. Her singing voices include Melissa Lyons, Julie Stevens, Skye Sweetnam, Jennifer Waris, and Tiffany Giardina.Barbie is a teenage girl who lives in Malibu, California. She has a boyfriend named Ken, who was introduced in 1961. The couple broke up on Valentine's Day in 2004, but got back together on Valentines Day 2011. While they were broken up, Barbie briefly dated a Californian boy named Blaine. Barbie is a friend with Blaine's sister, Summer. But now she is girlfriend of Ken and they have very good relations.Barbie's best friends are Teresa, who has replaced Midge her first friend, Nikki, Summer, and Raquelle, her childhood rival who currently became her friend. However Midge is said to be reproduced in 2013. They recently became part of Barbie's movies.

Barbie also has a very big family who changed throught years. Barbie's parents are George and Margaret Roberts but they never appeared in the movies. In Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale, Barbie said that she admires her...
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Review by PrinceNicholes posted over a year ago
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The first Barbie doll was introduced in both blonde and brunette in March 1959.
Ruth Handler watched her daughter Barbara 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, Handler suggested the idea of an adult bodied doll to her husband Elliot, a co-founder of the Mattel toy company. He was unenthusiastic about the idea, as were Mattel's directors.

During a trip to Europe in 1956 with her children Barbara and Kenneth, Ruth Handler came across a German toy doll called Bild Lilli. The adult figured 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-Zeitung. Lilli was a blonde bombshell, a working girl who knew what she wanted and was not above using men to get it. The Lilli doll was first sold in Germany in 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.
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Opinion by rizwansait1 posted over a year ago
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Lyrics:
There's a place you can go
Where your heart is free
There's a rhythm
That's right for your soul

Take a breath, find your courage
And make the leap
Cause your feet always know where to go

And you dance and you dance in an endless flow
In the grace of a perfect design
Stepping out of the dark and into the glow
And the whole world will see when you shine
You can shine (shine)
Shine (shine)

There's a beauty already inside of you
There's a difference that only you'll make
Every place that you spin brings you somewhere new
Finding hope every step that you take

And you dance and you dance in an endless flow
In the grace of a perfect design
Stepping out of the dark and into the glow
And the whole world will see when you shine
You can shine (shine)
Shine
(Shine)

Suddenly sparkling bright (shine)
Making a magical light (shine)
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Opinion by rizwansait1 posted over a year ago
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"Connected" lyric ( Sara Paxton )

I'm blind-folded on this roller coaster they call life.
Keep trying to make it through the next turn, knuckles white and holdin' tight.
So here I go, takin' a curve,
but I know that I'm never alone.
I think of you, I know you'd never let me go.

I feel connected, protected, it's like you're sitting right with me all the time.
You hear me, you're near me,
and everything else's gonna be alright.
'Cause nothin' can break this, nothin' can break this, nothin' can break this time.
Connected...connected inside.

It's not an accident, the time we spent apart.
But now we're so close, I can always find you right here in my heart.
You've given me somethin' I need, and I don't ever want it to end.
Because of you, I know I've found my strength again.

I feel connected, protected, it's like you're sitting right with me all the time.
You hear me, you're near me,
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Opinion by nmdis posted over a year ago
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- Hi Barbie!
- Hi Ken!
- You wanna go for a ride?
- Sure, Ken!
- Jump in!
- Ha ha ha ha!

I'm a Barbie girl in the Barbie world
Life in plastic, it's fantastic
You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creation

Come on, Barbie, let's go party

I'm a Barbie girl in the Barbie world
Life in plastic, it's fantastic
You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creation

I'm a blonde single girl in the fantasy world
Dress me up, take your time, I'm your dollie
You're my doll, rock and roll, feel the glamour and pain
Kiss me here, touch me there, hanky-panky

You can touch, you can play
You can say I'm always yours, oooh whoa

I'm a Barbie girl in the Barbie world
Life in plastic, it's fantastic
You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
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Article by TeamTongal posted over a year ago
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For over 50 years, Barbie® has been a platform for young girls to live out their aspirations and explore possibilities. In keeping with that tradition, the Barbie® “I can be™…” line is all about letting young girls know that when they grow up, they can be…anything they want.

The Barbie Team is looking to you for video concepts for the Barbie® “I can be™…” campaign. The goal is to have a video that resonates with people, and there is flexibility in the overall tone – stories/videos can be anywhere from humorous/playful to sentimental/touching in theme. Your idea should be about brand message NOT a toy commercial.

So, in 500 characters or less, tell us your “I can be…” story. Did Barbie inspire you to become who you are today? Do you remember your first Barbie or you daughter’s first Barbie? The story can be presented in a range of creative ways, all centering around girls, aspirations and/or the Barbie® brand. The five best stories will be selected as winners and will serve as the inspiration for the upcoming video phase.
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Opinion by avonlady2 posted over a year ago
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Special Avon Edition created exclusively by Avon by Mattel!! Rose Splendor Barbie. You can order this collectible Rose Splendor Barbie only from Avon, Us only. This is the Pink Label Collector iteam. The principal dress designer is Robert Best featured on "Project Runway"... Barbie comes with a stand and in a beatiful collectible Box. Order your monday October 4th from.. www.youravon.com/tpultz , barbie costs only $39.99 , we offer free shipping on orders of $30.00 dollars or more. Dont wait she will sell out fast. Get your collectable barbie, which can be ordered starting Monday have it shipped directly to your house, and display her with her friends.
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Article by Ryanne81 posted over a year ago
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Jay's Rocawear line looks like its going into the toy business by rolling out a line of Barbie dolls.

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Rocawear has teamed up with Mattel for a special collection of Barbie dolls -- all of which are black and rocking Rocawear clothing.

Further details regarding the deal and line of dolls was unknown at press time.


Rocawear was created by Jay-Z and Damon Dash in 1999, and going on to become one of the biggest urban lines in fashion. Both founders have since sold off their stakes in the company, but when Jay-Z sold his interest for $204 million in 2007, he maintained some authority over the development of products, licensing, and marketing.
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