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Barbie Contemporary Dolls 1973-Now

The first Barbie Fashion Doll was released by Mattel in 1959. The creator, Ruth Handler, watched her daughter play with paper dolls for hours and wanted to create a 3D doll for girls to engage their creative imagination. As the years have progressed, Barbie has expanded its line to include dolls that represent a variety of interests, professions, and lifestyles. Some Barbie dolls are sold individually while others include accessories and playsets.

What kinds of Barbie dolls are there?

Contemporary Barbies include a wide selection of dolls, including male dolls like Ken. Barbie dolls also come in varied ethnicities and sizes. Some dolls have posable bodies and some, like Surf Barbie, are made for water. Mattel has also made specific lines of dolls for fans of Wonder Woman, Star Trek, Jurassic Park, Dolphin Magic, and more.

What kinds of clothes and accessories are available for Barbie dolls?

When you purchase a Barbie doll it comes with an outfit, and sometimes additional outfits and accessories are included. You can buy additional outfits and accessories, giving your child the opportunity for imaginative play. Barbie outfits range from casual to evening wear to pajamas to swimwear. There is a Barbie outfit for every occasion. There are also shoes, handbags, glasses, and hats to accessorize.

What kinds of Barbie playsets are available?

Barbie has made many sets to extend your child's play. Dollhouses include the famous Barbie Dreamhouses, Malibu Beach Houses, pop-up campers, and castles. The dollhouses come with furniture, but additional sets are also available. Barbie also has many career playsets. Barbie can be a vet, a dentist, a pilot, the President of the United States, and more. Additionally, Barbie has modes of transportation such as the Barbie convertible, SUV, and scooter.

How can you clean and maintain a Barbie doll?

Caring and cleaning a Barbie toy is easy. In time and with increased play, Barbie may show some signs of wear on the plastic and hair, but it is easy to restore the doll to her original condition. If you are trying to clean or restore a collectible Barbie doll, you may want to ask a professional so you do not damage the doll.

  • Cleaning the plastic: If you just need to remove scuffs, make a paste with baking soda and water. Use a washcloth or cotton swab to remove the scuff, and then rinse with water. If you need to sanitize the dolls, especially if they have mold and mildew, you will need to make a solution of bleach and water. Use 1/4 cup of bleach for every gallon of water. Remove heads and soak the bodies. Clean the heads using the solution and a cotton swab.
  • Cleaning hair: To keep Barbie's hair tangle-free, brush it often. You can wash Barbie's hair with baby shampoo. To restore it to its original softness, soak the hair in fabric softener. Comb through with a detangling comb, rinse with warm water, and let air-dry.
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