Yes, we know that Mattel's Barbie line of toys was around long before the
1980s (it was started in 1959), but each decade put its own
flare to this famous doll. There is a fictional biography
behind Barbie, which was described in a series of Random House
books in the 1960's. Barbie's full name is Barbara
Millicent Roberts, and she is from Willows, WI. Her love
interest, Ken (Ken Carson), first showed up in 1961, and even
though Barbie has a restraining order against him, he still
For those of you girls who grew up playing with Barbie in the
1980's, some of the versions you may remember include Californian
Dream Barbie, Horse Lovin' Barbie, Magic Moves Barbie, Garden
Party Barbie, Beach Blast Barbie, and Luvulongtime Barbie, were all 80's creations.
Just kidding about that last one. These types of things
have become extremely collectible.