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      20.07.2010 17:05
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      Each to Their Own!

      Mattel Barbie - Peaches and Cream Barbie Doll £30.57 from Argos.

      My older neice is a serious Mattel Barbie fan, when I say this my neice is now 22 years old and it is the Mattel Collectors Barbie Dolls she is interested in. For her 22nd birthday I decided to buy her a Peaches and Cream Barbie. It usually costs around £40 but I was lucky enough to find it in my local Argos for £30.57, a saving of nearly £10.

      My neice already has about 6 Collectors Barbies so I hope that this will be a welcome addition to her collection.

      This Barbie really looks the business! She comes fully boxed, the box has a see through plastic front where you can see exactly what you are buying - a rather expensive Barbie Doll!!! The construction of the box is cardboard with a plastic see through front, the box has been made from new cardboard, it is not recycled packaging but the box could be recycled after use.

      When you take Barbie out of the box she smells very much of plastic, she has lovely long blonde hair, a lovely peach and cream coloured dress and a peach and cream coloured stole. She is around 34cms high and that's including her perfect blonde hair. She is completely made from hard, quite shiny plastic. She comes with hair accessories including, brush, comb and hair slides. She even has plastic peach and cream coloured shoes. The shoes can be removed as can her peaches and cream dress.

      Apart from her decorative looks there really is nothing at all you can do with this Barbie, it's not a toy so the accessories that come with this Barbie are useless. Barbie comes with 3 collectors cards so I suppose you could take a minute and have a look at these. Basically this Peaches and Cream Barbie is just for show, she can be displayed on a shelf but she needs to be kept in pristine condition or she is no use to display and then perhaps a little girl will get the chance to comb her hair, and play with her properly!

      If you are really into collecting Mattel Barbies then this Peaches and Cream Barbie is at least on special offer in Argos. She does look really pretty and her dress is very beautiful. My neice really loves her and I am really happy about that because I always have a job deciding what to buy her for her birthday.

      Now Peaches and Cream Barbie is destined to sit on a shelf with the other 6 Barbies - at least she has company!

      If you want one for your child to play with as a toy then it's probably better to go to Tescos and buy one of the many available. Prices range from £4.99 to £14.99.

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      28.04.2005 10:04
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      When I was six Santa brought me the best Christmas present ever. A Barbie house that was bigger than me and had a working lift. It was awesome. My mum was quite angry with Santa as she was trying to introduce the joys of Sindy to her daughter. Santa knew better. Who wants Sindy and her boring boyfriend Paul, Ken was far more handsome!

      Nearly 17 years later, I no longer have my Barbie house, but I am still a Barbie Girl at heart. I don’t chew their shoes or plait their hair anymore either since many of them are in a glass display cabinet. See, Barbie is for girls of all ages, only as the girl gets older, the more expensive the Barbies become.

      I am talking about collectable Barbies of course, the ones that my young cousins stare wistfully at every time they visit. The ones that are made of porcelain and have underwear and real jewellery.

      The Barbie Doll is a worldwide phenomenon, and has become one of the most popular collectables. I started off collecting the Playline Barbie’s (the ones in the pink boxes that are everywhere) and progressed on to the Collectable Barbies and also the vintage (pre '76) dolls. Ruth and Elliot Handler, the founders of Mattel, have been producing Barbie since February 1959 and there are hundreds of her to choose from.

      Of course, the one every vintage collector wants is the 1959 Ponytail Barbie, Barbie #1 as she is also known. She came with a strapless Zebra print bathing suit, a pair of mule shoes, sunglasses and gold hoop earrings.

      Part of the fun of collecting this 11 and a half-inch doll and their outfits is all the accessories that come with them. Apart from the shoes. Although designed for Barbie’s rather dainty feet, they never seem to actually fit; even now I tend to leave them in the box. Luckily when on their stands, and if wearing dresses, you don’t always see the feet.

      Ken was first introduced in 1961, and was named for Handlers son, as Barbie was for their daughter. Sadly in 2004 Just before Valentines Day, Barbie and Ken decided to call it a day. I have still not fully recovered from their unexpected spilt.

      For Barbie Doll Collectors there are 3 different eras: Ponytail (1959 – 1966), Mod, (1967-1972)and the Collectable Era, which is 1973 to the present day. For anyone collecting in this country you either have to develop an EBay habit or buy form abroad. This is because collectable Barbies are not easy to buy brand new from the shops although places like Toy R Us sometimes stock a small range. The only place I have ever seen the REALLY expensive ones are Hamleys in London. (This is were I brought my most expensive Barbie, She was priced at £160, but I was lucky enough to get her in the sale!) Although Mattel have an official Collectors website they will only ship within the USA. Grrr, it can be really hard to get hold of some dolls. Even the Official Collector’s Magazine, Barbie Bazaar, is produced in the US and can be just as difficult to acquire. (I used to get mine from Boarders, but they have stopped stocking it)

      In 1980 Mattel started to produce what turned out to be their longest running collectable series “International Dolls” (They are now called Dolls of The World”). Due to their popularity with the general public they decided to create limited edition ones for collectors. This series is easy to get hold of in the UK, even places like Argos sell them and are at the cheaper end of the market, about 30 pounds

      Another popular doll are ones designed by, err, designers! Bob Mackie is one of the most asked for. I love the Bob Mackie Dolls as he used to design the clothes for the Judy Garland Show (Please, Mattel and Mr Mackie, please do a Judy Doll…) Other Designers include, Donna Karen, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.

      Part of the thrill of Barbie collecting is the hunt. Many stores in the US and UK have their own Barbie (I have the Hamleys and the Selfridges ones). In America they often do store exclusives and when University Barbie was released in 1997, 19 versions were released in different colours for different universities

      Its not just Barbie and Ken to consider of course but her family and friends, and, boy, have there been a lot of them. I tend to stick with the blonde haired ones as to me this is what Barbie is.

      She also has lots of Celebrity friends, (the first one being Twiggy) my own favourites are Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens (Bewitched) Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, and Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde 2.

      Collecting Barbie should be fun, don’t buy what the market dictates, just buy what you like. I still haven’t made my mind up on the MyScene versions of Barbie and as a collector I prefer the porcelain and Silkstone (A Special Barbie Porcelain) dolls and yes, if they have never been removed from the box they are worth more, but where’s the fun in that! I like to look at what I have and display them for others to enjoy.

      Prices for the collectable Barbie’s start at around 25 pounds and then the sky’s the limit! If you are after the vintage ones, expect high prices on places like eBay, although there are still bargains to be had. I am currently saving up for the Elizabeth II Barbie who should set me back about, gulp, £130 (I need a cheaper hobby!) But have not found her anywhere apart from the Official site (www.barbiecollectables.com) so if you see her on your Internet travels give me a shout!

      Just look at what Santa started…


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        01.05.2003 01:39
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        Feeling the same pressure as most parents I have puchased several of these dolls for my youngest littlelegs who has used pester power to ensure that she has the latest must have Bardie toy or accessory. She is the proud owner of lampshade, the duvet, the curtains and the pink bedroom (she hasn't seen any Barbie borders yet) Not including umteen outfits and dolls, cycling gear and telephone. I have given in and bought Ken the boyfriend, and thankfully, she hasnt noticed the pregnant Barbie that is available now, and I wouldnt go rushing off to the shops to purchase her either. .............. Products .............. You can expect to pay around £10/15 for a special Barbie doll with the latest outfit/hairstyle and £3.99 for a more basic doll in a swimming costume with no acessories. When they bring out collectables the sky is the limit, there are many collectors who will pay well over the asking price for a one in mint condition still in its packing. Why buy a dolly if your not going to play with it though? They are quite robust and depending on the doll you buy the Barbie can do diffrent things from dancing to even hair cutting. Her arms are usually moveable as are her legs, but a word of warning once the head comes off she is usually dead! The doll hasn't change very much over the years her hair is usually a tangled mess within minutes of taking her out of the box which can take ages as they wire them in, and I must admit that I have played with her with one of my teenage foster daughters once or twice a recent addition has been a belly button and siblings. Barbie has a costume for all occasions, and a bike, and a car and a house and a dog and a ......I think many parents must feel great pressure to keep up with the latest Barbie must have, and if you keep your eyes open many of these can be purchased in carboot sales or jumblesales everywhere. I have numerous diffrent Tshirts and trousers wi
        th diffrent Barbie images on them and have purchased these in places like Marks and Spencers and Mothercare World. They are £1 or £2 more expensive than the non branded clothes, made under licence. They are good quality and wear well, however the designs are changed every season, meaning that a child always has some item or other in the Barbie range on their wishlist. .......... Mattel .......... The company was founded in 1945 by a lady called Ruth in her garage along with her husband and was modelled on their own teenage daughter (but I bet her boobs weren't that big). Her daughters full name was Barbie Millicent Roberts and she attended Willows High School, Willows. Winconstin. They were taken over by Harold Matson and over a million Barbies have been sold since its introduction in 1959 arrriving in the UK in 1961. The dolls are currently marketed in 150 countries and other popular brands produced by Mattel include Fisher Price and Matchbox. www.barbie.com Is well worth a visit if you have a littlelegs like mine who loves everything Barbie, its a very pink and girly site. The first thing is a pop up saying Barbie will call your child for the small fee of $1.99. I didn't go much further into the site but they have games and products available. There are quite a few wierd sites out there people stating there undying love and devotion to the doll. .................. The Sad Bit .................. I wanted one when I was a little girl, but money was tight, and I was one of six so Barbie was very far from my reach, although I dont think I suffered any permanent harm. Now it all seems far more affordable, and yes I will probably buy the border and the rubbishbin to match, although have you noticed they do change the design so that you need the latest Barbie accessory and not last years model. Haven't their marketing department done well but could you please te
        ll me where I can get her boobs! Thanks for reading:)

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          18.12.2002 19:00
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          Most people assume that fans of Barbie are only 6-year-old girls, who grow out of the whole doll thing when they reach puberty. But it's just not true! I am still an avid fan of the legendary Barbie. What's not to like? She's beautiful, if not slightly stereotypically so: long blonde hair, big sparkling eyes, perfect skin, enviable figure, stylish clothes...All this and she's also a vet, a teacher, an air hostess, a princess...She's just absolutely perfect isn't she? But is she *too* perfect? Over the years, many have argued that Barbie isn't setting a good example to children, and that she is encouraging eating disorders and general discontentment with themselves. I disagree. There are many reasons why Barbie is a good example for children to follow: 1.She shows that you can be anything you want to be if you try. Ok, so it may be a bit unrealistic that she has had numerous professions in her time, but at least it encourages children to consider their career options carefully. Additionally, The fact that she's a woman quashes any old-fashioned views that women shouldn't work, and also diminishes the old adage of being a 'blonde bimbo'. 2.She is her own woman. Ok, so she has Ken as a boyfriend, but she is both financially and emotionally independent, which is shown through her capability to take on lots of different jobs and roles. 3.The fact that she is not only a movie star and a pop star, but a sister too shows that she also reinforces the typical roles of a woman in life, as well as the more glamorous ones. Barbie has never been a mother-the manufacturers may think it will cause a surge in underage pregnancies-but she has been a sister, and there are numerous play-sets available with Barbie and her little sister Shelly, as well as Barbie babysitting some younger children. Since her launch many many years ago, the wonder of Barbie has snowballed, and is now bigg
          er and better than ever. As well as the dolls, there are numerous accessories to buy, including cars, houses and additional outfits. Technology has also intervened with the phenomenon, with a website up and running (more about that later), and a range of computer and electronic games available. Barbie has successfully made the transition from the 20th to the 21st century. Many think she is old-fashioned. Many think that children have simply grown out of playing with traditional toys like dolls, and would rather play with computers and other technological developments. Mattel, Barbie's manufacturer, has created a synthesis between old and new, which still makes Barbie the must-have present for millions of girls today. Advances have also been made in the political-correctness of the doll. As well as blonde Barbie, new dolls have been introduced: Oriental Lea, black Christie and brunette Teresa. I think this is excellent- Barbie now appeals to a lot more people, of all different countries and cultures, rather than just focusing on the all-American sweetheart. In addition, there are a number of male dolls available-including good old Ken-and little sister Shelly. Now on to the website. It really is a fantastic addition to the ever-expanding business, and has numerous features: *Games* There's lots to choose from, including Barbie Puzzle (a jigsaw), Shoe Hunt (name says it all really!) and sub-section Fashion Fun where there are 2 activities: Barbie's Closet (where you dress either Barbie, Christie, Lea or Teresa for a special occasion) and Princess Dress-Up (where you dress Barbie up as a princess, choosing from a range of options). *General fun stuff* Sub-section Barbie Loves Art has 4 activities: Barbie as Rapunzel (which opens another menu all about her upcoming movie), Colour With Shelly (which is basically a colouring-book style exercise), Barbie Pix (where you can produce different 
          9;sce nes' which can be then e-mailed to friends) and Storymaker (where you can produce your won little story with characters, etc.). Another activity is Pet Dance, where you produce your own music video with various animals. Sounds a bit strange, I know! *Links* Links to 'sister sites' which include Shelly Club, Diva Starz and Polly Pocket, are quite useful, as Barbie fans are probably also interested in these other products. Granted, it's quite a manipulative use of advertising! You've got to hand it to Mattel... Generally, the site is extremely colourful, and the use of girly imagery reflects the genre of the product. I think that the website keeps in with the tradition of Barbie, and doesn't alienate her fans with the use of technology, which is nice. Moving on to the marketing aspect of Barbie. As I've said, only the actual doll was available to buy originally. Since then, other dolls have been made, as well as different types of Barbie (dentist, nurse, etc.). Interestingly, Barbie is also is aimed at different audiences: * For the children, there's all the main products we all see in the shops today (dolls and merchandise). * For younger children, there's My First Barbie, ensuring that any child who receives one will wish to carry on receiving them throughout childhood. * Barbie Collectables, which are basically more detailed (and more expensive!) dolls, are available for the older buyer. I have seen various Collectables, and am receiving one for Christmas- Rapunzel Barbie, which is priced at around £35. This may sound expensive for 'a bit of plastic', but I've seen some on sale for over £100. Usually these ones are pre-owned, and have been kept untouched in their boxes for about 20 years! A lot of these are limited edition ones too. This is a *big* business, particularly in America, where I've heard they hold some sort of Barbie
          Convention each year, for addicts to stock up on Collectables and swap, etc. Like I've said, you've got to hand it to Mattel! I think that's just about all you need to know about Barbie! As you know, I am very fond of her, and long may she reign the world of dolls, as she's the original and still the very best. --Just a quick note on prices: A very basic Barbie will set you back around £5, but a more expensive one such as this year's Christmas must-have Rapunzel Barbie (*not* the Collectable) will cost you £20. Accessories range from £10 for a pack of outfits, to just under £100 for larger items such as the houses, etc.-- Thank you for reading :-)

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            05.01.2001 19:57
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            Its every little girls dream to travel the world and visit different places. Barbie has always been part of our family and as a child I had them all but nothing like the children today have which is why they are so lucky. My daughter wanted the barbie aeroplane for christmas and you should of seen her face light up on christmas morning when she opened it with delight. Join barbie and her friends aboard her private luxury jet,sit back,relax and enjoy your trip whilst the hostess comes around with her trolley offering you food and drinks.Listen to the pilot introduce him or herself using the real working intercom. This large aeroplane has plenty of space for two passengers,hostess and your pilot,it has everything to make your journey safe and enjoyable. Although this is a great toy suitable for children of 3 years and over,there are many small parts that very small children could choke on. The pilot and other dolls are not included in the price,neither are the batteries.You will need three mn 1500 which work the intercom and aeroplane sounds which really sound like the real thing. This product has been made with alot of thought to make it life like and capture your childs imagination making the fun factor high. It comes complete with accessories including luggage,passports and the hostess trolley is well stocked up with mini cans of coke ect. At £49.99 for the aeroplane and £9.99 for the pilot it is expensive but is well worth every penny spent. My little girl loves her aeroplane and uses it every day,it has brought out her imagination and she has so much fun. But next time she wants father christmas to really make it fly!

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              In our house we are over run with Barbies and Barbie accessories. With two girls aged 7 and 6 you can imagine everything has to be Barbie. We have Barbie umbrellas, lunch boxes, quilt sets, dolls galore, even down to Barbie underwear! I think it is wonderful watching them playing with the Barbies and their imagination when playing with them is really great to watch. For Christmas this year they both had 3 Barbies each, different ones of course and they also got a Princess Bride horse and carriage. If only I was a child I would love it immensly. The prices seem abit steep compared to the cheaper £1.99 varieties that their Granny buys them but what they do is take the clothes off the cheap ones to put on the Barbies and then give the cheaper ones to their little brother! Luckily we are in the position at the moment to be able to afford to buy them the Barbies they ask for on their lists and I fully understand how parents on low incomes feel at the prices. Girls seem to love these brand name toys and yes I have seen children in tears in the shop when their mother or father tells them they can not afford them. Maybe the toy companies could reduce the price abit so that all little girls, if they want one can be able to have one. They do make enough money after all and if they lower the price then they may sell even more. My daughters like the fact that the Barbies are hard wearing ie their brother chews the legs and hardly makes a dent in them, the versatility. The Barbie can be anything from a mum, a teacher or even a brain surgeon. Believe me ours even have Barbie on the Star Trek: Enterprise!!!! All in all I personally believe that they are well worth the money. But please can the toy company drop the prices.

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                27.12.2000 17:43
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                When I was a child, we had Sindy dolls. They were quite chunky and plain looking, compared to the new versions. Now Sindy is rather overshadowed by the success of the tiny-waisted perfect-featured blonde Barbie. I can easily criticise Barbie for its non-political correctness or promoting the dumb blonde image, but I do think Mattel is trying to address some of those issues. Besides blonde Barbie, we now have brunette Teresa, hispanic-looking Marina, black Christie, plus some male dolls and little sister, Shelly and her friends. Barbie is not only a princess or a bride, she is also a teacher, a dentist and <sigh> a glamorous movie star. Mattel has most of the market sorted out really, with My First Barbie for the toddlers up to the expensive collectable Barbies for the older children and adults. Despite the criticisms I could lavish on this toy, it comes down to one thing - my kids love Barbies and they are the most important part of all this. If my children want a certain Barbie to make them happy, I will try to get it for them for a birthday or Christmas present. You can pick up a cheap Barbie in a bikini for around £5 and the more expensive ones are around £15, so it is not too expensive and they do get played with a lot, so I think they are worth the money. I'm still waiting for Prime Minister Barbie though ...

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                  19.11.2000 03:12

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                  Barbie dolls everywhere you look, all wearing different clothes, but the same doll underneath. I just purchased the barbie airplane only to then see cute little barbie in a pilot suit, obviously I then had to buy it too. My daughter has about 10 or so dolls now, not because she wants the doll but because she likes the outfit. I like barbie in the fact it's a non-violent form of play, but wish the prices could be dropped or the outfits more readily available. Lets see large items complete with dolls or at least the uniform required for the doll. Come on Mattel I dont want to be ripped off, £50 for a plane and I still have to put a sheet of stickers on it too! My hands aren't that steady so I know I'll mess it up. Think of the consumer please. Oh and can we have a few more outfits for ken please.

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                  It seems that most of the girls all over the world love Barbie. I always wondered why...I personally didn't like it when I was little, I thought she was too snob and I just hated her blonde hair (well, there aren't many italian girls with blonde hair), her boyfriend Ken was ugly and she had so many friends and clothes that I was jealous. :) Is that what girls think of her now? Hmm, I don't think so but I'm not too sure though. Not that I like kids too much but I happen to baby sit for loads and all the girls just love Barbie so much that they call her one of their best friends. That's a bit too much, don't you think? In conclusion, even being 18, I wanna give an opinion about Barbie...she's too snob, I hate her blonde hair, her boyfriend Ken is ugly and she's got too many friends & clothes that it's disgusting!

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                  Barbie seems to have taken over the little girls world! No longer is it just Barbie and Ken, it's Shelly, Skipper, Midge and the whole of Barbie's family and friendship group! And there are more Barbie's than ever on the market. It seems in every toy shop there is a whole long aisle dedicated to the lady in pink and all her 'essential' items. Surely it's getting a little ridiculous. And all those poor parents who just can't keep up with buying the latest edition of Ballerina Barbie or the newest one out. It was only today that I was looking at the Barbie range and found Barbie (but the same product also came in Skipper and Shelly) with her school locker which came complete with.......tampons! I could believe it! They're actually selling Barbie with Tampons! Aren't Mattel taking things a little far now?

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                  30.08.2000 03:51
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                  Like most 4 year olds my daughter is heavily into Barbie. If it's not Barbir then its not 'in' and don't Mattel(the manufacturers) know it. I took my daughter to Toys R Us to spend her birthday money and amongst other things she bought a Barbie Stickers,Stencils and Stamps set for 9.99. It was in a plastic case with a very imressive picture of what you got. Let me quote you "Carrying case with heart shaped Ink Pad Compartments, 7 complete me activity sheets Over 120 cool stickers,44 stamps, Stamp Holder, 3 Stencils,4 Colourful markers and a Barbie pencil"-quite a lot i thought. I then opened the case to find activity sheets with pictures copied so faintly you could hardly see them and on paper that wasn't much better than tissue paper. An ink pad that had dried up,Stickers that were so small you could have missed them and lots of crappy plastic stamps with only one holder so everytime you change a stamp you are covered in ink and also the the stencils were cardboard not plastic. Mattel know that children will buy their products because they are "in" and all their friends have them. my message to them is at least give our kids value for money,what you're doing is just as bad a robbery.

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