Welcome to Fun Stuff Friday, the part of the blog where I discuss dolls and playthings. This week: The New Barbie.
Barbie has graced the toyboxes of little girls since 1959 (and the shelves of big girl collectors since about the 1980s) as the teen-age fashion model, the first of her kind in America. (Previous fashion dolls included Germany's Bild Lilli and Japan's Kyoto Bijin dolls) She has not been without controversy, her ummm... measurements and waist size, for one. "Tattoo Barbie", Barbie's lack of diversity as a toy line, etc. But her status, no matter what as the one of the last bastions of femininity and class left to children cannot be taken from her. Even my brother thinks so, and he doesn't care! She's even a symbol of rebellion in certain countries, where she is illegal, having a Barbie fights against tyrannical governments.
From those humble beginnings to today, Barbie has made some changes. Most recently in 2016, Barbie debuted 5 new and different body types, which is what this blog is really about. The five types are called "classic", "petite" "tall" "curvy" and "Made to Move". The only one I don't have photos of is petite, so you'll have to take my word for it.
Now I'll bet you're wondering what clothes fit all these dolls. Now, of course the "curvy" Barbie is hard to fit (just like real curvy women, speaking from experience), I personally only have two outfits that fit her.
For the record: most vintage Barbie clothes will fit the new style dolls with some issues, like the pants not being quite wide enough. Tops, however should fit perfectly. Moving on, let's look at how some fashions fit the various dolls. This one is a vintage handmade dress from my mom's collection.
Next, here is a lineup of the girls in one of the newer (2016) Barbie fashions.
Mattel has also has improved on marketing of clothes for Barbie. Now you can buy bags of miscellaneous shoes to match with clothes you already own:
And Mattel has also made some great career themed clothes. I bought the teacher/librarian outfit to gift to my local library.
Elisa will be going to Wead Library to be their doll in residence soon! (Shh... It's a surprise)
I hope you all enjoyed this look at Barbie and her new look! See you all next week!
I'm T.K. Wilson, Read my blog for great information and stories about dolls, toy restoration, Christian Fantasy and so much more! Blog updates Mondays and Fridays.