In 1959, Ruth Handler invented what would become one of the most popular toys, the Barbie Doll. Barbie, full name Barbara Millicent Roberts, was named after Ruth Handler’s own daughter and was introduced at the American Toy Fair that was held in New York City.
I’ve been incredibly jealous of Barbie for a long time, but now it’s my turn to feel a little self-righteous about everyone’s favorite aging blonde surfer-girl. According to a recent article in Businessweek, Barbie is not popular in China.
Ha, ha. Barbie! Take that! Mattel opened a Barbie store in the spring of 2011 and the store is already closed. The Chinese children obviously have a little different taste when it comes to dolls than the American kids do.
The Holiday Barbie has long been a popular and favorite collectible among people of all ages. Originally released in 1988, the Holiday Barbie has been produced for over 20 years.
- 1999: Millennium Barbie
- 2000-2002: The Celebration Series
- 2003: Winter Fantasy
- 2004-Present: Holiday Barbie
What made these Barbies special was the fact that they were dressed in beautiful holiday dresses and were only released for a limited time each year. In addition to these Barbie dolls, each year a matching Holiday Ornament was released as well. These ornaments were a small replica of the Holiday Barbie and were first released in 1993. Since then there have been over 100 ornaments released.
Introduced in 1959, Barbie took the world by storm. Other the years, Barbie has faced some doll competition. However, the original doll still ranks at the top for doll collector. If you are a modern Barbie collector, you have thousands of choices. Collecting them all is almost impossible. Developing a strategy can make collecting a little easier. Focusing on a couple different types, whether fashion, celebrity, pink box, or porcelain.
Adult collectors who love Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, will want to own the latest stunning Grace Kelly doll. Known for her sophisticated glamour, the American actress won over hearts across the country with her charm and charisma. In 2011, Mattel introduced the limited edition Grace Kelly Romance Doll. The doll replicates the 1950s elegance Grace Kelly embodied. The Barbie is wearing an exact replica of the exquisite floral dress Grace Kelly wore when she met her husband-to-be at the Cannes Film Festive in 1955.
The Grace Kelly Romance Doll is wearing long sleeves and white gloves. The fitted bodice flares into a full skirt. The headpiece coordinates perfectly with the dress. She also hears lovely navy pumps.
In addition, the doll comes with a second outfit. The outfit is inspired by the dark navy coat and fitted v-neck dress also in the navy color she wore to Monaco to plan the wedding. Matching sling-back heels are also include. Other accessories are a white, wide brimmed hat, white scarf, sunglasses, pearl bracelet, and delicate bouquet of white violets.
The Grace Kelly doll's striking blue eyes, fluttery lashes, pink lips. Her golden blonde hair is pulled back neatly and tucked under her headdress to show her dainty pearl earrings. The retail price for the Miss Kelly doll is approximately $139-$159, depending on the retailer.
The clothing on the Grace Kelly doll is designed specifically to fit the body of the Silkstone Barbie collection. It is not intended for use on other Barbie dolls.
If you are purchasing your Barbie dolls to add on to your collection, then you will want to make sure that you do everything in your power to keep the doll safe from damage. This is especially important if you purchase them as an investment and plan to sell them many years later.
No matter how you store your Barbie, whether it is in a box or on stands, do not store the Barbie dolls in the attic, garage, or basement. The temperatures can fluctuate greatly throughout the year in these rooms, which can ruin the materials the Barbie dolls are made of.