As a memorable part of most girls' childhoods, Barbies were at the top of our list of toys to play with. From destroying their hair within minutes to dressing and re-dressing with crazy outfits, we always had fun with Barbies (apart from losing the tiny shoes and stepping on them which is one of the most painful things ever, besides a paper cut or stubbing your toe). It has been more than half a century since the very first slim and trim Barbie doll's debut but the toy makers Mattel have introduced a welcomed change in tradition. We now have the amazing choice of three additional body types; curvy, tall and petite, as well as a range of skin tones, eye colours and hair styles. Barbies have received a lot of criticism over the years due to the unrealistic body type which the original Barbie became famous for, with many saying it gives children unrealistic expectations of how womans' bodies should look.


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In Mattel’s press release they stated, "By introducing more variety into the line, Barbie is offering girls choices that are better reflective of the world they see today. For the original Barbie fans, the standard doll isn’t going away. But unlike the Barbie ‘friends’ series, the new dolls aren't sidekicks to Barbie. They are Barbie, too.” We know for many this will bring a form of nostalgia and of course you will be running out to buy the Barbie that best represents you. (We already have our wish list ready)