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Girls Can Design Barbie’s Outfits with the Fashion Design Maker

As I was growing up, I was one of Barbie’s biggest fans. I had pretty much every accessory of hers I could get my hands on, from her beautiful Dreamhouse to her remote control convertible… read more

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SNL Parody Shows Sensitivity Struggle in the Doll Aisle

Toy manufacturers and retailers are often held responsible for a lack of cultural diversity reflected in the doll aisle. While these companies are now providing consumers with more multi-cultural options than ever before, companies are… read more

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Fifth Harmony Barbie Dolls Now Available Nationwide

Mattel has partnered with The X Factor-winning music group, Fifth Harmony, for a new Barbie doll line to celebrate a year of girl empowerment. The five dolls reflect the personalities and signature styles of the… read more

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Halloween Costumes Inspired by Childhood Toys

With just over a month until Halloween, I am begging my kids to tell me what they want to be. Of course, that answer changes on an almost daily basis. Sigh. The joys of parenting.… read more

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Barbie Cash Register Takes Kids on a Digital Shopping Spree

I learned how to do a lot of things because of Barbie. I learned how to drive a (mini, battery-powered) Jeep. I learned how to style knee-high boots with a mini skirt (but I still… read more

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How Early Is Too Early?

My daughter is 21 months old. She loves everything from blocks to boats, and from cars to castles. Yet, I never really thought about her play pattern as it relates to traditional girl toys and… read more

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Growin’ Up ’90s: Christmas 1996

1996. It was the year of the New York Yankees, the Chicago Bulls, the Dallas Cowboys. It was the year of Jerry Maguire and the Macarena. It was the year of Bill Clinton’s reelection. But… read more

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Barbie Shines on the Runway in Her Digital Dress

If there is one thing Barbie knows about, it’s fashion. Whether she’s a teacher, a doctor, an astronaut, camping in the woods, hanging out on her yacht, or lounging around her Dream House, you can… read more

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Be a Rock Star with Barbie and Her Super Star Stage

The Mega Bloks Barbie Build ‘n Play Super Star Stage allows girls ages 5 and up to build their own two-story stage that features real lights and sounds that move to the music. The set… read more

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Saddle Up with Barbie and Her Sisters in a New DVD

Barbie has many movies, 25 titles to be exact, and now there is a new addition to the collection from Mattel. Barbie & Her Sisters in a Pony Tale, a direct-to-DVD release that shows that… read more

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