One Family’s Barbie Collection

When John Strojek purchased the first Barbie doll for his little girl as a collector’s item in 1988 he had no idea what he was starting. Now, 200 Barbie dolls later (and most likely still collecting) the family has been contacted to show their dolls at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. The exhibit’s name is

“Barbie: The 11 1/2-inch American Icon” is the latest exhibit in the museum’s series, The 11th annual Eclectic Collector.”

The exhibit will run through January 3, 2013. Admission is free unless you want to tour the grounds.

The Strojek collection consists of many different Barbies as well as some of her friends. It has

“nearly 200 dolls, 15 completed series and vintage dolls including a 1963 Midge, a 1964 Skipper, a 1967 Twist N Turn Barbie and a 1968 Talking Barbie, a 1965 Francie doll house and a 1968 Barbie doll house.”

Mr. Strojek has a theory concerning several of the Barbie dolls. The collectors’ dolls are geared more toward adults,” Strojek says.

“So while some feel that certain Barbies should not be geared for children, they are not actually for children but for the adult collectors.”

That is an interesting theory. Would the New Moon Vampire series fit that bill or are they actually for the young girls to play vampire with?

See the full story at ArkansasOnline by Linda Caillouet complete with collection pictures and a video.

Barbie Goes to the Prom!

Two girls went to their high school prom in Britain as Barbie Dolls, arriving to the prom in actual life-sized boxes!

Emily Pounde and Hannah Jagger, from Wadham School in Crewkerne, were delivered to their school prom boxed up on the back of a flat-bed trailer.

The story is of the two girls who have been Barbie fans since they were little, went to their High School Prom as real life Barbies. The girls wanted to do something different, to stand out, and do that they did as they landed on the BBCs television coverage and in this article by Jenny Hill here.

Proms in Britain can be costly affairs as 10% of the parents will spend over £500 on their child’s prom night.

“It was a bit claustrophobic but it was exciting,” said Hannah.

Have you ever gone as a doll to a party before?

Bald Barbie to be produced but not mass marketed

Following a Facebook campaign (Beautiful and Bald Barbie!) that began earlier this January, Mattel is going to produce a bald Barbie doll that it will donate to charities to give to little girls suffering with cancer and hair loss. The doll will be one of Barbie’s friends and will come with scarves and wigs and accessories.

Rather than selling the dolls in stores, Mattel plans to donate them to children’s hospitals and other medical centers in the US and other countries.

The campaign’s facebook page currently has over 157K likes, so the idea is popular. Way to go Mattel!

Mattel will be giving the doll to Children’s Cancer Foundation and National Alopecia Areata Foundation along with other charities and hospitals for children.

Also:
Mattel to produce bald Barbie doll for cancer-stricken kids
Mattel to manufacture bald Barbie doll

Hunger Games Barbie still under wraps

Mattel is keeping close guard on their projected Hunger Games inspired Barbie.

Mattel is quick to mention that this doll is “specifically for the adult collector.” But will it be available in toy stores? And will this Barbie come with a lethal bow and arrow?

Time will tell but right now there is quite the eager audience anticipating the release of the newest movie inspired Barbie. While you can see some details online where you can be the first to pre-order the Katniss Everdeen Barbie, there is currently no photo of the doll – but be sure to check that link out frequently!

See the full details as well as a hypothetical Barbie honcho exchange in Kim Peterson’s article on MSN Money. Have you seen The Hunger Games film yet, or read the books? Do you think this is a great idea for a Barbie?

Today is National Barbie Day!

The very first Barbie doll made its appearance on March 9, 1959. This National Day for celebrating Barbie happens just after the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week ends — is there a correlation or is it a conspiracy?

It is estimated that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries, with Mattel claiming that three Barbie dolls are sold every second.

How do you play to celebrate National Barbie Day? Below is a video of a small-scale celebration from 2011.

Barbie as Katniss from The Hunger Games

Mattel is releasing Barbie as Katniss Everdeen this spring! While she won’t be drenched with blood she will be able to wield her strength according to your imagination.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of years, then you already know that The Hunger Games is a series of novels by Suzanne Collins that are soon to be

Not much is known – right now – about this Barbie, but if you are a Barbie fan or a Hunger Games fan then you owe it to yourself to check this out!

So if Hunger Games is one of your favorite movies you should go ahead and pre-order now!

Royal Couple as Ken and Barbie dolls

Only offered in the UK and Europe, and starting on April the 7th, Prince William and Kate will be officially Barbie and Ken dolls. Dressed in their royal wedding attire they will sell on Amazon.com UK for $155 each. These are arriving just in time for the first anniversary of the Royal Wedding.

They will not be offered in the United States. Shoppers throughout Europe, on the other hand, can swoop up all they want. Doesn’t seem cricket.

Read the story and see some photos of how closely Mattel has made these dolls look like the British Royal Couple counterparts, go read Stephen M. Silverman’s People article.

If you want to try for one, you can finding them on Amazon.co.uk, even though you are in the US, you don’t get free shipping, but you can find the Royal Wedding Dolls Princess Catherine Wedding Doll and Prince William Doll on Amazon in the UK. You could also try some of the online auction sites once the dolls are available.

Barbie branches out in iconic ways

Barbie is just not for little girls to play dress up with anymore. Jocelyne Grivaud is dressing up Barbie as iconic works of art.

Highlights of Jocelyne’s artwork include Barbie as the Mona Lisa – her personal favourite; Barbie draped in pearls imitating Coco Chanel and posed as Marilyn Monroe in Andy Warhol’s pop-art poster.

Even modern characters are portrayed as Barbie also appears as Neytiri (from James Cameron’s Avatar). You have to check out how Barbie does this in Jill Reilly’s article in the Daily Mail.

Unfortunately it is not known at this time whether or not the Barbies are on display anywhere.

Have you ever tried to recreate a famous art work of situation with your Barbies?

Vintage Barbie Dolls still the Rage among Collectors

Vintage Barbies are unique with their features, couture clothing, and idyllic poses. Many collectors believe that they are worth investing in whether the doll market is up or down.

Barbie’s origins are in post-war Europe where American businesswoman Ruth Handler first spotted a German Bild Lilli doll on a trip in 1956. The wife of Mattel co-founder Elliot, she quickly realised the potential appeal of an ‘adult’ doll and from it developed Barbie. In the first year of production 350,000 were made in Japan, but as their popularity grew production shifted to the U.S.

Many collectors focus on Barbie’s Golden Age, from 1959 to 1972. After that era “it’s just blah!” they say, play things with no uniqueness that all looks the same.

Morality Police strike again in Iran

Barbie has been censured in Iran and pulled from the shelves by morality police. Evidently Barbie isn’t very virtuous and isn’t wearing a burka from head to toe. Barbie must have had one too many conversations with Ken. Barbie has been banned inside Iran since 1996.

“According to reports, the morality police have also found it in their mandate to arrest youths for pistol water fights, stop kindergartners from dancing and crack down on women who show their ankles.”

Just remember when you travel to Iran leave your Barbie dolls at home. And guard your little one’s eyes since the mannequins in shop windows have all been previously beheaded by the fashion police.

Be sure to catch Elizabeth Flock’s post on the Washington Post blogpost