Statistics About The Most Popular Barbies

In this post, we explore a fascinating array of statistics surrounding the iconic Barbie doll. From being the best-selling fashion doll since 1959 to venturing into over 200 different careers, Barbie’s influence and market presence are undeniable. Join us as we uncover intriguing facts about Barbie’s history, sales figures, collector’s market, and cultural impact.

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"Barbie has been the number one selling fashion doll since her creation in 1959."

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"Over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries, with Mattel claiming that three Barbie dolls are sold every second."

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"The vintage Barbie doll market is vibrant, with many dolls being valued in the thousands and tens of thousands dollars."

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"The Totally Hair Barbie, released in 1992, is the best-selling Barbie doll of all time."

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"There have been more than 200 different careers represented by Barbie."

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"Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts."

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"As of 1995, there were approximately 105,000 avid Barbie collectors in the US."

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"In a typical year, Mattel introduces 15 new Barbie dolls to the line."

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"The Barbie doll was invented in 1959 by Ruth Handler, the co-founder of Mattel, who invented her after she noticed her daughter playing with paper dolls imagining them in grown up roles."

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"Barbie has been criticized many times over the years for her unrealistic proportions and negative impact on body image among girls."

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"The first African American Barbie named 'Black Barbie' was introduced in 1980."

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"The first Barbie doll sold for $3; today a good boxed Barbie from 1959 sells for around $20,000."

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"In 1986, "Astronaut Barbie" became Barbie's first career where she ventured into a traditionally male-dominated job."

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"Barbie has represented more than 40 different nationalities."

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"Every second, Mattel calculates that two Barbie dolls are sold somewhere in the world."

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"As of 2020, Barbie is recognized as a cultural icon by the Toy Industry Hall of Fame."

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"Barbie has had more than 180 inspirational careers, giving young fans the chance to play out so many more stories."

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"In 2015, the average gross sales for dolls in the United States (including Barbie) was $3.27 billion."

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Barbie has undeniably made a significant impact on the toy industry and popular culture since her creation in 1959. With over a billion dolls sold worldwide and a wide range of careers and nationalities represented, Barbie has not only captivated the hearts of children but has also sparked important conversations around body image, diversity, and gender equality. The vintage Barbie market continues to thrive, with certain dolls fetching values in the thousands of dollars. As a recognized cultural icon and a best-selling doll for decades, Barbie’s legacy as a symbol of empowerment and limitless possibilities for young girls remains strong, making her much more than just a toy.

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