I wonder if inventor Ruth Handler had any idea of the phenomenon she created on March 9, 1959, when her newly designed teenage doll was introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York. I doubt it. – Tamra Bolton in Parade
Go visit, they’ve got a great slideshow – Barbie has been there, done that.
Ruth and Elliott Handler with Barbie at her debut in 1959.
Barbie has been everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Princess Leia. And the Statue of Liberty.
A top condition ’59 doll? $27,450
Costumes/outfits are a bigger slice of Mattel’s Barbie marketing than the dolls themselves.
Barbie, seemingly the only princess Disney doesn’t own.
Barbie is going PC with 23 dolls that feature eight skin tones, 14 different facial sculpts, 18 eye colors, 22 hairstyles, and 23 hair colors and fashions.
Finally back in the driver’s seat after that Jeep racing incident.
Barb’s full name: Barbara Millicent Roberts
Most expensive Barbie ever sold: A Stefano Canturi-designed doll wearing a diamond necklace sold for $302,500.