Barbie is perhaps the most iconic fashion doll in the world. Loved by little girls all over the world, she was launched in March 1959 and has long been the figurehead of a brand of Mattel dolls and accessories, including other family members and collectible dolls. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for fifty years and is now available to buy wholesaler from Baby Brands Direct.
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Even at the age of 57 the much loved Barbie is much more than a pretty face and stunning figure. The fashion doll inspired by a Mother watching her daughter Barbara playing with paper doll sold around 350,000 of them in their first year of production.
As a much loved character she released her debut film in 1987 as a virtual actress. This year she has 3 movie releases including ‘Barbie in Pink Shoes, Mariposa and Fairy Princess, And her sisters in a Pony Tale'.
As well as a fashion icon and dolls for kids to play with, Barbie has also become a collector’s item. Mattel estimates there are over 100,000 avid Barbie collectors, 90% of whom are an average age of 40. In 2006, a Barbie doll set a world record at a Christie’s auction selling for £9,000!!