She’s a Barbie Girl, in a Barbie World
Barbara Millicent Roberts has been around since 1959, when Mattel introduced her to the world during the American International Toy Fair. Since then, Barbie has progressed with the times and made many a style evolution. And we’re not just talking wardrobe changes — she’s also had 130 jobs in 50 years, from McDonald’s employee to computer programmer.
However, some of her most regrettable fashion and career choices over the past five decades have made for some extremely collectible Barbie editions. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and explore some of the most outrageous iterations of Barbie and her ilk.
Come on Barbie, let’s go party!
5. Stefano Canturi Barbie
The most expensive, and arguably most elegant Barbie was created to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Australian jewelry designer Stefano Canturi took 6 months to create a doll with an Art Deco-style necklace of emerald cut pink diamonds surrounded by white diamonds. The necklace alone was worth $300,000 and sold at auction for $302,500.
Life in plastic, it’s fantastic
4. Barbie Totally Hair
This one’s totally the best selling Barbie of all time! Totally Hair Barbie was released in 1992, and while the 25th Anniversary doll will set you back less than $25, the original edition (still in the box) goes for over $100 at auction. This Barbie’s luxurious locks guarantee that she’ll surely be a treasure worth adding to any collection. She even holds the record for the world’s longest successful toy sale!
Imagination, life is your creation
3. Midge & Baby
What do MTV programming and the Barbie Happy Family Pregnant Midge & Baby have in common? Both were highly criticized and deemed inappropriate due to the perception that they were promoting teen pregnancy. Wal-Mart even pulled the entire Happy Family line off their shelves because Midge didn’t come with a wedding ring or husband doll. Barbie’s most pregnant friend came with a magnetic womb and tiny baby with accessories. If you want a piece of this controversial 2002 nostalgia, it will cost about $120.
Feel the glamour in pink
2. Blaine $22
Who does the most famous girl in the world date after she breaks up with the most famous boy in world? Well, clearly, a sun-kissed, boogie-boarding Australian native named Blaine. He showed up on the scene after Barbie’s much publicized break up with Ken in 2004. “Cali Guy” Blaine came complete with rashguard and board shorts — how charming. Definitely the cheap version of Ken, a “vintage” Blaine can be scooped up for less than $20. Just don’t tell Ken that Barbie has a boy toy on the side!
Make me walk, make me talk, do whatever you please
Barbie Forever Barbie Doll with Tanner the Dog $89
Perhaps one of the most infamous of all versions, Pooper Scooper Barbie can be all yours for $89. Not only does Barbara’s dog eat biscuits and play with chew toys, he poops magical little dog nuggets that stick to Barbie’s magnetic scooper. Responsible dog-owner Barbie comes with bendable arms, too — all the more better to scoop poop with. She might not be the most elegant piece in your collection, but she makes a really fun gag gift!