The Barbie Dolls of the World collection has for years depicted this iconic doll in dozens of cultures around the world. Barbie’s face now charms consumers in some one hundred forty countries. Today, she is as diverse as the various people all over the world.
It has been fifty years since the Barbie doll was born. Before Barbie, fashion dolls usually meant the two-dimensional paper dolls that doll fanciers dressed up with cut out paper clothes, using those little paper tabs to fold the fashions around the arms and hips. Now, Barbie, at eleven point five inches is a three dimensional fashion doll available worldwide. And she comes with the trendiest fashions found anywhere.
Barbie started out as a child’s toy, but today she is a name known all around the world. She has become an icon to both mothers and daughters alike. No matter what size, shape, color, language or culture, girls of all ages can identify with Barbie. With the advent of the Barbie of the World collection, this doll has expanded beyond the ultra thin, blonde, rich girl from the US and depicts cultures worldwide.
In 1976, in Australia, Barbie wore an Australian Olympic swimsuit and a gold medal featuring a kangaroo. In China, one of the special Barbie dolls was named Going Home Barbie. Since the year 2002, this doll has been a souvenir given to parents adopting Chinese orphan children who live at the White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou, China. She is packaged along with the Chinese infant.
In 1991, Barbie debuted in India, wearing a traditional Indian sari, with a Hindu dot on her forehead. In 1970, Barbie’s friend, Eli was created with the influence of Japanese anime design with her large head and huge eyes. Tuli-Chan and Cho Cha Chan became the anime versions of Francie and Skipper in China.
Barbie: Much Loved by Collectors
Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Valenzuela, Canada, The Philippines, and all of Europe all have their very own versions of this doll, which is why she is known as Barbie of the world. This offers collectors endless opportunities to expand their collections.
Avid collectors of Barbie Dolls from all cultures and countries have sought for foreign-exclusive Barbie dolls for over five decades. Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Venezuela are just some of the countries that boast unique Barbie dolls.
Along with the foreign Barbie dolls, Barbie’s friends from all over the world are introduced as well. Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken, is also featured in other countries but usually with a different name.
The Book, Barbie Around the World: Identification & Values, 1964-2007, was written by J. Michael Augustyniak and published by Collector Books. It covers the period from 1964 to 2007. This book details Barbies from many different countries, and is the first book that is entirely devoted to foreign Barbie dolls. It features 1400 foreign Barbies with over 2000 full color pictures and lots of close up photos for easy identification.
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