Everybody seems to be claiming that either they never had a Barbie or didn't like it. That doesn't seem to correspond to the statistics
Statistics only tell you how many Barbie dolls have been sold. So some of us never had one, but other girls/women had several. I heard an interview on the radio the other day with an adult woman whose house is furnished in pink, and she has all the Barbies possible.
Read that, although Mattel's sales figures are way down, Barbie sales are way up.
Visiting my local Walmart this week, I noticed all the nostalgia reissues in honor of the anniversary. They tried to do "the most faithful reproduction yet" of the original 1959 Barbie in the black and white striped bathing suit, but she doesn't look quite like MY 1959 Barbie. Her face looks a bit more modern, and the plastic looks softer. And her price tag (around $60) is a lot more modern!
Remember when you could buy CLOTHES for your Barbie doll? Now they only sell the clothes on ANOTHER Barbie! Kids have fleets of Barbies, where we had one, plus a wardrobe for her. And a Barbie Dream House made of cardboard and plastic.
And, best of all - and we still play it today for laughs - the Barbie Queen of the Prom board game....
Which reminds me of an animated film I saw once at an Erotic Film Festival here in which Barbie had TWO orifices, and her "date" was endowed with two male parts, one for each. Funny in a horrifying way.
don't! I had one barbie... and maybe two or three bought outfits. The rest were made by ourselves. Both my cousins also had more or less the same set and there was another few such dolls to accompany. All was left in a plastic suitcase. I enjoyed it at the time. But find absolutely hideous that sickly pink de rigueur for small girls these days. disgusting.
Dans les grandes choses, les hommes se montrent comme il leur convient de se montrer; dans les petites, ils se montrent comme ils sont.
i think she looks kind of cute with it... and as far as i understood she wanted to dye her hair, not her parents. though yeah, i think too many of the girls are dressed too cute and pink and nicely. like, when a four year old tells her friend "i can't go on the slide today, my mom said this skirt can't get dirty" then i think that is wrong...
dunno, i am a bit torn by the issue... piercing a navel is a bit different to dying one's hair i think... though i think they should use some one-time spray to give it more of a "dressing up" effect rather than a hair dye that stays in for several weeks... but well...
bixa, I didn't want to clutter your excellent (Candelaria) thread with a digression about my Barbie, but I also had the original Barbie.
We still have her in my parents' attic, but she's been through hell - boobs smushed in from being sat on in the car on a family vacation, streaks of green seeping down her neck from the "pierced earrings" (pearl-headed pins) I pushed into her head, and worst of all, bald as a ping pong ball except for her hairline! I took out her ponytail, wanting to comb that silk-fine long hair, and was stunned to find that she didn't have any hair at all on most of her head! I couldn't put her hairstyle back together so she's an ugly duckling now. But her wardrobe and fashion case and the Barbie Dream House in the attic might still be worth a lot.
We also have a nearly intact Barbie Queen of the Prom board game that I've seen for $60 on Ebay for less-complete sets. (We still play this game when we get together at my parent's cabin - only a cutthroat version where you can buy ALL the prom gowns and have more than one boyfriend if you land on the right squares. Shots of liquor are also involved.)
Cheery's comment reminds me that my Grandmother sewed clothing for our Barbies every Christmas, and even knitted little sweaters for them. What a labor of love.
IMO the Barbies sold today are practically disposable. Every little girl seems to get 3 or 4 for each birthday! What ever happened to loyalty?
Oh, that brought back a memory -- the same shock of taking out the luxurious looking ponytail!
Yeah, what's with these budding bimbos & their getting a new Barbie with each different Barbie outfit?
What is this Barbie Queen of the Prom board game of which you speak? I wanna play! So, like, does Barbie lose points for puking pink jesus on her prom dress? Does she get little accessories & have to drop out of school for getting pregnant in the back of Ken's convertible? Is there a special magic marker so other players can write on the restroom walls after it's discovered that Barbie did the whole football team in order to make cheerleader? Does she have to go around the board twice because she had a blackout & doesn't know if it's roofie-related?
I noticed in the comments that at least one other party plays it with liquor! And several adults mention this game wistfully. I see Mattel has introduced a new commemorative edition. Now we can have one in each household in our family!
Note that it is a different edition. OURs had actual pins for the clubs and genuine gold coated plastic rings for going steady. There were Barbie heads in blue, green, pink and orange for the markers you moved around the board and it was played with dice, while some versions use a spinner.
I asked my sister to bring the Barbie Queen of the Prom game to our San Francisco sister/niece reunion next week, but she declined. Apparently she wants to have room in her suitcase for clothing or other non-essentials! But at least the game has survived the fire at the cabin where it resides. (See Aging Parents thread for details), and will likely come out to play at my Dad's 90th birthday celebration in June.
You know Barbie didn't need a bra, she was just naturally perky. (Till my sister sat on her in the car, anyway!)
I thought her breasts were indestructible...how could sitting on them have crushed them? They were not only perky but hard as silicone/plastic could be! She didn't have nipples though,a major oversight I thought by Mattel.
Reading that article and all the hoo-ha about Barbie giving girls unrealistic body ideals, it occurred to me that I never really considered Barbie beautiful. She was there to be a clothes horse, which she did quite well.