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Screen Used Prop Barbie Puppet Doll from Commercials

*Also See Barbie's Sister Kelly Props

Barbie was unveiled to the world at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959. Since then she has become the number one selling toy line for girls of all time. The Barbie phenomenon is a $1.9 billion dollar industry world wide. Barbie is a character that constantly invents herself for the times. She has been a nurse, flight attendant, and many other professions. The doll is most famous for its accesories including vehicles, dreamhouses, and extra clothing sets. The Barbie I have was screen used in a commercial to promote the doll line. It features a modifed doll converted into a puppet with metal rods run up the body and a joypad to provide articulation. The doll can move its head up down right and left, as well as in full 360 degree motion by moving around the control pad. The entire doll is mounted to a giant metal rod and is a true working piece of art. This would have been used in commercials where Barbie needed to move her head. Barbie is an instantly recognizeable cultural icon and this piece is a prized part of my collection.

*Also see more of my Advertising Props and Icon Items

Left to right Kelly puppet, Kelly milk bottle drinker, Kelly Milk bottle drinker, Barbie, Pillsbury Doughboy, unused Doughboy body, California Raison, Unused Special Effects Duracell Decal, Energizer bunny ears drumsticks and battery backpack, Hamburger Helper Hand , Crash Test Dummy Hand

Related Links

Mattel's Official Barbie Sites

Wikipedia Barbie Page

Distorted Barbie Parody Site

Adiosbarbie Body Image Site

Barbie Coloring Pages

Visible Barbie Project - pictures of a disected Barbie doll

Deni's Vintage Barbies

A Father's Guide To Barbies

Airbrushing in Catalogs and Magazines - provides resource links about airbrushing in catalogs/magazines, and about eating disorder and body image such as fostered by the Barbie ideal

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