Tuesday, March 9, 2010



Barbie turns 51 today!
Wow she looks pretty good for her age haha.

In honor of Barbies Bday here are some fun facts:

  • Barbie® doll’s first career was a teenage fashion model
  • The military series of Barbie® dolls, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps went through approvals by the Pentagon to ensure the most realistic costumes.
  • Placed head to toe, Barbie® dolls and family members sold since 1959 would circle the earth more than seven times.
  • Every second, three Barbie® dolls are sold somewhere in the world.
  • Barbie® doll has had over 43 pets including 21 dogs, 14 horses, 3 ponies, 6 cats, a parrot, a chimpanzee, a panda, a lion cub, a giraffe and a zebra.
  • The best selling Barbie® doll ever was Totally Hair Barbie®, with hair from the top of her head to her toes.
  • The full name of Barbie® doll is “Barbie Millicent Roberts.” She is from Willows, Wisconsin and went to Willows High School.
  • Ken® doll was named after the son of Mattel founders Ruth and Elliot Handler.
  • Barbie® doll’s first pet was a horse named Dancer.
  • The inventor of the Barbie® doll is Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel. She named the doll after her daughter, Barbara.
  • The first Barbie® doll sold for $3.00.
  • An original 1959 Barbie® doll in mint condition has sold for up to $10,000.
  • Barbie® CD ROMs have been the best selling children’s software titles in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
(facts via Barbie Collectors)

Want to learn more about Barbie and her history?