As of 2014, Mattel manufactures Barbie dolls at two factories in China, one factory in Indonesia and one factory in Malaysia. The debut doll released in 1959 was produced in Japan, with a number of other countries following as manufacturers, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Korea and Me
About.com, Mellebug, Emby Quinn and Sew Spoiled offer free online Barbie doll clothing patterns. Directions and patterns for a gathered skirt, jeans or slacks, and a sleeveless top are at About.com. The site also has links to additional Barbie projects.
Barbie dolls sold by Target include Barbie Princess Power Super Sparkle Doll, Barbie Bedtime Princess Doll, Barbie Rainbow Hair Doll, Barbie Bride Doll and Barbie Beach Doll. A full list of Target's Barbie doll selection is available on the Barbie section of Target.com, as of July 2015.
There are price guides for collectible Barbie dolls available at iGuide.net and BarbieValues.com, as of 2016. Since these are collectible dolls, the values and the availabilities of the dolls are constantly changing.
To determine the value of a 1959 Barbie doll, find out whether it is a #1 or #2 doll from that year. #1 Barbie dolls are generally worth more than #2 dolls, although condition affects the value. Barbie dolls from 1959 often range from $3,000 to $7,000.
Since the first Barbie doll was introduced in 1959, different types of Barbies include the Mod Barbie, produced from 1967 to 1973; the Malibu Barbie, from 1971 to 1977; the Supersize Barbie from 1978; the Black Barbie from 1980; the Holiday Barbie from 1988 on; and the pink, silver, gold, platinum a
According to the Washington Times, Barbie manufacturer Mattel does not know precisely how many dolls have been sold since 1959, but sales figures number in the billions. Every three seconds a Barbie doll is sold somewhere in the world.
Some online Barbie driving games include "Barbie Driving Slacking" and "Race Car Cuite." Both games allow the players to navigate a course while driving a car as Barbie or one of her friends.
According to the official Nintendo website, Barbie games include “Barbie Dreamhouse Party” for the Wii U, “Barbie House Adventures: Riding Camp” for the Wii and “Barbie: Glam and Groom Pups” for the 3DS. Both “Barbie Dreamhouse Party” and “Barbie: Glam and Groom Pups” were released by publisher Litt
Certain Mattel Barbie dolls are collectible. Many retailers sell them as "Barbie Collector" dolls. However, Mattel labels new releases as "The Barbie Collection," as of 2015.