Barbie through the ages

When I heard that Barbie was doing another movie, it got me thinking about my childhood memories of Barbie, and her influence on my own kids. My first Barbie was the 1989 Friendship Barbie. I have a clear image of her in my mind, and when I googled her the memories just came flooding back and I was transported to my childhood and it was just the best feeling.



 Barbie was first launched in 1959, by inventor and mother, Ruth Handler, and named after her daughter. Ruth believed that through the doll, a little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie was there to represent the fact that woman have choices. 55 years latter Mattel has stayed true to this philosophy, with over 180 career dolls, countless accessories and even fantasy roles, Barbie is a global icon, encouraging girls everywhere to dream big. She offers limitless storytelling and career possibilities. Hands up if you’ve seen the awesome advert with little Gwyneth lecturing a group of university students on the complexity of the brain, and Maddie coaching a team of footballers #KneesUpLikeAUnicorn .

You can watch the inspirational Barbie advert here –

And look at their website here –

When a girl plays with Barbie, she imagines everything she can become. You can be anything – Barbie

Thavina has been lucky enough to be gifted some gorgeous Barbie dolls and movies, including two singing dolls from Barbie the Princess and the Pauper movie. It really is amazing watching her act own scenes and let her imagination take flight.

For those of you that think the dolls are archaic and create negative stereotypes of women, you will be delighted to hear that aside from the promotion of any and all career choices, Barbie also has an amazing “Shero” doll collection, featuring the likes of Body Activist – Ashley Graham, and Olympic Fencer – Ibtihaj Muhammad among others. This constant movement forward is the reason why I will comfortable and happy to have my little girl playing with her Barbie dolls and watching the movies.

The latest addition to the Barbie franchise is the movie, Barbie Dolphin Magic. Kids (and parents), can join Barbie and her sisters Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea as they go on an adventure to a tropical island where Ken is doing a marine biology internship, #CareerGoals. While snorkelling, they discover a young dolphin trapped in an enclosure—but this is not just any dolphin, it’s a beautiful bright green Gemstone Dolphin! Barbie then meets a mysterious friend named Isla, who turns out to be a magical mermaid! Soon after, the girls discover that Marlo, the biologist Ken is interning with, is holding the dolphin captive. Her intentions are to make money by exhibiting the dolphin for its unique traits. They must work together to free the dolphin so he can be reunited with his Gemstone Dolphin family before Marlo sends him away.

To celebrate the release of the movie, we have 5 Barbie lucky packets to give away. They consist of the following Barbie branded items;

  • one of four collectable variations of Barbie activity cards
  • puzzles
  • stickers
  • posters
  • bubbles
  • plus a candy

Two winners will be picked from the blog, another two on Facebook and one on Instagram.

To be one of our blog winners, fill out the form below and answer the question.

Good Luck (Check out Facebook and Instagram for more chances to win)



Question: If you were tasked with creating a new themed Barbie doll, what would you create?


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