As of 2015, the Barbie doll is 56 years old. The doll was debuted to the world on March 9, 1959 at the New York Toy Fair. Today the Barbie doll comes in many different styles.
The first Barbie doll was made in 1959, and the doll was introduced that year at the American International Toy Fair. The first Barbie doll was inspired by an earlier doll, the Bild Lilli, which was produced in Germany starting in 1955.
The first Barbie doll debuted on March 9, 1959, at the American Toy Fair in New York City. Ruth Handler, co-founder of toy manufacturer Mattel, developed the doll earlier that year after she noticed her daughter Barbara preferred to play with paper dolls modeled after adult women.
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.
The original Barbie doll was introduced in 1959. It was invented by Ruth Handler and debuted at New York's American Toy Fair. The second doll in the series, Ken, came onto the market in 1961.
Barbie dolls are priced based on a wide variety of factors, including rarity, age and condition. As with many collectibles, Barbie dolls have a market value. The prices fluctuate and are affected by what comparable Barbie dolls sell for on auction sites and in magazines about collecting.
Used Barbie dolls can be sold at online auction store sites such as eBay, where a price and description can be set and shipping details can be arranged. Selling a Barbie doll might also be done as part of a garage sale, if other things need to be sold along with it.
Tips for selling Barbie dolls include advertising your Barbies by using attention-grabbing listing titles and creating an accurate written item description for each Barbie. Another tip for selling Barbies is to research the exact model you are selling so that you can accurately price each item.
Barbie dolls are made of polyvinyl chloride, synthetic fiber, elastomer, PBT and water-based paint. The materials used to make a Barbie has changed since the first Barbie was created in 1959. As of 2014, the soft vinyl, elastomer, and PBT provide more flexibility and realistic movement to the modern
At least 14 different types of Barbie doll bodies exist, ranging from "The Vintage" to "The Model Muse" varieties. Variations focus on doll height and freedom of movement, how knee joints bend and whether arms are straight or bent.