Barbie: A Behind the Scene’s Look into the World of Mattel

Following Greta Gerwig’s announcement of the Barbie movie, audiences have been left to anxiously await its arrival. With the July premiere date just around the corner, here are a few facts to know about the behind-the-scenes of the Barbie universe to help ease some of your long-awaited excitement.

How Old is Barbie (the character) and how old is the doll?

Upon the United States’ initial release of Barbie in 1959, her age was not officially established, however, Mattel has more recently released a statement determining Barbie to be perpetually 19 years of age. Therefore, it is only right to assume that Margot Robbie will take on the role of a youthful young adult in her role as Barbie in the upcoming 2023 flick.

What are Barbie and Ken’s full names?

Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. The Ken doll, Barbie’s long-time companion, has a full name as well—Ken Carson. These names were given to the characters by Mattel, the company that created and manufactured the retail dolls. However, in the film adaptation, it is unclear whether or not the characters’ full names will be addressed. On the cast list, IMDB page Ryan Gosling, Margot Robbie, Kate Mckinnon, Dua Lipa, and other characters are only referred to by their first name, suggesting that the entirety of these Mattel doll’s identities may remain acknowledged in the script.

Who is Chelsea?

Chelsea is Barbie’s six-year-old younger sister who made her debut in the Barbie doll family in 2011. Chelsea is often depicted as a playful and imaginative character, and she has her own line of toys and accessories that cater to younger Barbie fans. The Chelsea Barbie line also includes a doll in a wheelchair and was revealed by the Mattel company to have scoliosis. The Chelsea line involves various themes and storylines, allowing children to engage in imaginative play and storytelling alongside Barbie and her sister.

Who is Skipper?

Skipper is another character in the Barbie doll line created by the Mattel company. She is Barbie’s younger sister and has been a part of the Barbie family since 1964. Skipper is typically portrayed as a preteen or early teenager, serving as a relatable character for girls who are slightly younger than Barbie’s target demographic. Over the years, Skipper has gone through various design changes and has been released in different doll versions and styles. She often accompanies Barbie in the Barbie Dreamhouse, playsets, adventures, and storytelling, adding a sisterly dynamic to the Barbie line of dolls.

What jobs has Barbie had?

Barbie has had a wide range of careers throughout her long history. Here are some examples of the many professions Barbie has taken on:

1. Fashion Model: Barbie’s initial role was as a fashion model, reflecting her glamorous and stylish image.

2. Teacher: Barbie has often been portrayed as an educator, inspiring young minds as a school teacher or tutor.

3. Doctor/Nurse: Barbie has donned a white coat and stethoscope to fulfill roles in the medical field, including being a doctor or nurse.

4. Astronaut: Barbie has ventured into space as an astronaut, promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.

5. Chef: Barbie has showcased her culinary skills as a chef, both in her own kitchen and in restaurants.

6. Veterinarian: Barbie has cared for animals and worked as a veterinarian, highlighting her love for pets and promoting animal welfare.

7. Athlete: Barbie has been an athlete in various sports, such as gymnastics, tennis, soccer, and basketball, encouraging girls to be active and pursue sports.

8. Pilot: Barbie has taken to the skies as a pilot, emphasizing adventure, travel, and aviation.

9. Artist: Barbie has embraced her creative side as an artist, including careers in painting, sculpture, and design.

10. Entrepreneur: Barbie has been an entrepreneur, exploring various businesses, such as running her own boutique, starting a fashion line, or even launching a career as a vlogger.

These are just a few examples, as Barbie has had many more occupations and roles throughout her history, reflecting the diverse range of possibilities and aspirations for young girls. And it seems Greta Gerwig has adapted some of the many roles Barbie has played over the years into the characters prevalent within her universe. Audiences can be prepared to see Barbie take on various roles as president Barbie, doctor Barbie, writer Barbie, lawyer Barbie, and many more.

What are some of the most interesting and unique Barbies produced by Mattel over the years?

Barbie has had numerous unique and outlandish iterations throughout the years. Here are a few examples of some of the most notable and unconventional Barbie dolls:

1. Barbie and the Rockers: In the 1980s, Barbie and her band, the Rockers, were introduced. They had vibrant, rock-inspired fashion and accessories, reflecting the bold and colorful style of the era.

2. Totally Hair Barbie: Released in 1992, Totally Hair Barbie had the longest hair ever featured on a Barbie doll, reaching down to her feet. The doll became immensely popular and was a symbol of the ‘90s.

3. Tokidoki Barbie: Created in collaboration with the fashion brand Tokidoki, this doll showcased a unique, edgy style with vibrant tattoos, funky hair, and urban streetwear.

4. Drag Queen Barbie: In 2017, Mattel collaborated with RuPaul’s Drag Race show to create a limited-edition Barbie doll inspired by drag queen culture. The doll celebrated individuality and self-expression.

5. Barbie with a Shaved Head: In support of children with cancer, Mattel released a “Friend of Barbie” doll in 2012 with a bald head, encouraging acceptance and empathy.

These examples highlight how Barbie has evolved beyond traditional stereotypes, embracing diversity, and reflecting cultural trends and societal shifts throughout the years.

What age group are Barbie dolls for?

Barbie dolls are primarily targeted toward kids in the age range of 3 to 12 years old. This age group is considered the primary demographic for Barbie, as the dolls and accompanying outfits and accessories are designed to engage and promote creativity among children. However, it’s worth noting that Barbie dolls have a wide fan base, including collectors and enthusiasts of all ages who appreciate the historical significance and cultural impact of the Barbie brand. The broad range of influence Barbie has had across all age ranges reflects the demographic Greta Gerwig has targeted for her upcoming film. As Margot Robbie expressed in a recent interview, during the making of the film the production team was incredibly thoughtful in their efforts to make Barbie Land feel inclusive for all audiences.

Are Barbie dolls a good influence?

Over the years, Barbie has evolved to promote inclusivity for all different types of young girls. They provide options for different body types, skin tones, and hairstyles, promoting inclusivity and helping children develop a positive self-image. Mattel has also continuously showcased Barbie taking on various leading societal roles throughout the years, which has helped to dismantle expectations of the patriarchy and instead inspire young girls to follow their dreams.