It’s a video game museum in New York where everything is for sale.
Last week, 800 hardcore Barbie collectors gathered in Nashville to buy, sell, and trade dolls, clothes, and tiny furniture. I asked vendors and attendees one question: “Why do you love Barbie?”
Every year, nearly 1,000 hardcore Barbie collectors convene for their annual convention. Here’s a peek into their world, from a confused and delighted outsider.
Du sexe à la torture, les Sims vous ont appris beaucoup de choses sur la vie.
Lacey Wildd goes under the knife AGAIN.
Because it wasn’t all about Cabbage Patch Kids, My Little Pony, and Transformers.
Barbie was pretty groovy in the early ’70s.
This will be the first theatrical Barbie release in the brand’s 50-year history.
This is one job Barbie has never had before.
All I have to say is: It’s good to be Barbie. And, yes, for the record, life in plastic is indeed fantastic.
“Average is beautiful,” says designer Nickolay Lamm, who created a “Normal Barbie” using the average proportions of a 19-year-old woman. He’s now trying to sell 5,000 of the dolls through a crowdfunding site.
Artist Colleen Clark takes a look at what Barbies would look like if they were based off of real girls.
“What if we were to teach our children about the harsh realities that face so many in life?” Trigger warning: domestic violence.
People are wondering why Mattel paid for Barbie to appear in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue this month. The brand was just trying to get the grown-ups talking and it worked.
These dolls prove life in plastic is indeed fantastic!
These will make you nostalgic for elementary school.
Nothing made you want to get an bathtub quicker than having one of these bad boys to play with.
UPDATE: The game has been added to the iTunes store with the new name “Plastic Surgery Barbara.” Barbie’s gotten fat and needs liposuction to look beautiful again! Sadly, this game is not a joke.
These disturbing images created by DeviantART user Tohad — for his “BADASS” series — might just destroy your childhood.
It was the golden era of scrunchies.
Robert Best, principal designer for Barbie Collector, talks body image, gendered marketing, competition, and how designing for dolls is different. “You don’t have to consider cold weather. Those are not concerns that worry Barbie.”
Come on, admit it: You still want that Talkboy!
Who says you can’t put a price on your childhood?
There was no bigger joy for girls (and some boys) than getting one of these epic toys on Christmas morning.
Snag but no BBQ? Nothing a little Aussie inventiveness can’t fix.
Barbie’s favorite accessory has an interesting history of his own.
In 1994, Mila was just another Barbie girl, in the Barbie world.
Leather goods label Coach outfits the doll’s new model in miniature versions of actual products. So you and your Barbie can match, if you’re creepy like that.