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.
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.
When Barbie was created, the doll became popular because it was the first doll a little girl played with to pretend to be grown up. Mothers liked the doll because it was marketed to teach grooming habits to girls. As of 2015, marketing and doll collecting keep Barbie in demand.
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.
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.
Collectible dolls can be found in specialty physical stores and online. Shopping online is a convenient way to look for dolls, as it allows you to peruse items from all over the world. Collectible dolls often have limited availability, so it may be hard to find the one you are looking for in a local
You can find a listing of collectible doll values in print resources such as Kovels.com's Antiques & Collectibles and Antique Trader Antiquities & Collectibles. Searching listings on eBay also provides information regarding value.
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