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Fun interesting trivia quiz questions about the Mattel toy doll Barbie


Barbie Trivia Quiz Questions

Who or what is Barbie?
A: Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy company Mattel, Inc.

When was it launched?
A: In March 1959.

Who is credited with the creation of the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration?
A: American businesswoman Ruth Handler.

Barbie is the figurehead of a brand of Mattel dolls and accessories, including what?
A: Other family members and collectible dolls.

Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for how long?
A: For over fifty years.

It has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving what?
A: Parodies of the doll and her lifestyle.

Mattel has sold over a billion Barbie dolls, making it the company's what?
A: Largest and most profitable line.


However, sales have declined sharply since when?
A:  2014.

The doll transformed the toy business in affluent communities worldwide by becoming a vehicle for what?
A: The sale of related merchandise (accessories, clothes, friends of Barbie, etc.).

She had a significant impact on social values by conveying characteristics of what?
A: Female independence, and with her multitude of accessories, an idealized upscale lifestyle that can be shared with affluent friends.

Starting in 1987, Barbie has expanded into a media franchise, including what?
A: Animated films, television specials, video games, and music.

The first Barbie doll was introduced in March 1959 with what color hair?
A: Both blonde and brunette

Ruth Handler watched her daughter Barbara play with paper dolls and noticed what?
A: That she often enjoyed giving them adult roles.

At the time, most children's toy dolls were representations of what?
A: Infants.


Realizing that there could be a gap in the market, Handler suggested the idea of an adult-bodied doll to whom?
A: To her husband Elliot, a co-founder of the Mattel toy company.

What did he think of the idea?
A: He was unenthusiastic about the idea, as were Mattel's directors.


During a trip to Europe in 1956 with her children Barbara and Kenneth, what did Ruth Handler come across?
A: A German toy doll called Bild Lilli.

The adult-figured doll was exactly what Handler had in mind, so what did she do?
A: She purchased three of them.

She gave one to her daughter and took the others where?
A: Back to Mattel.

The Lilli doll was based on what?
A: A popular character appearing in a comic strip drawn by Reinhard Beuthin for the newspaper Bild.

Lilli was a blonde bombshell, a working girl who knew what she wanted and was not above what?
A: Using men to get it.


The Lilli doll was first sold in Germany in 1955, and although it was initially sold to adults, it became what?
A: Popular with children who enjoyed dressing her up in outfits that were available separately.

Upon her return to the United States, Handler redesigned the doll with help from whom?
A: Engineer Jack Ryan.

The doll was named Barbie after whom?
A:  Handler's daughter Barbara.

Where did the doll make its debut?
A: At the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959.

This date is also used as Barbie's what?
A: Official birthday.

What did the first Barbie doll wear?
A: A black and white zebra striped swimsuit and signature topknot ponytail.

The doll was marketed as a "Teen-age Fashion Model," with her clothes created by whom?
A:  Mattel fashion designer Charlotte Johnson.


Where were the first Barbie dolls manufactured?
A: In Japan, with their clothes hand-stitched by Japanese homeworkers.

How many Barbie dolls were sold during the first year of production?
A: Around 350,000.

Ruth Handler believed that it was important for Barbie to have an adult appearance, and early market research showed that some parents were what?
A: Unhappy about the doll's chest, which had distinct breasts.

Barbie's appearance has been changed many times, most notably in 1971 when the doll's eyes were what?
A: Adjusted to look forwards rather than having the demure sideways glance of the original model.

Barbie was one of the first toys to have a marketing strategy based extensively on what?
A: Television advertising, which has been copied widely by other toys.

It is estimated that how many Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries?
A: over a billion.

Mattel claims that three Barbie dolls are sold how often?
A: Every second.


The standard range of Barbie dolls and related accessories are manufactured to what scale?
A: Approximately 1/6 scale, which is also known as playscale.

The standard dolls are how tall?
A: Approximately 11½ inches tall.

Barbie products include not only the range of dolls with their clothes and accessories, but also a large range of Barbie branded goods such as what?
A: Books, apparel, cosmetics, and video games.

Barbie has had a media franchise starting in 1987, when she began appearing in what?
A: A series of animated films.

Barbie's direct-to-DVD animated films have sold how many units worldwide, as of 2013?
A: over 110 million.

In addition, the brand has had two what?
A: Television specials, Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World and Barbie and the Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth.

What hit song did Barbie have in 1997?
A:  "Barbie Girl" by Aqua.

She is also a supporting character in what Pixar films?
A:  Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.


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