Hey, if this website https://www.news18.com/news/lifestyle/at-60-barbie-still-ruling-the-roost-in-150-countries-2059339.html says Barbie is available in more than 150 contries, why don’t they have a list? Probably due to a lack of knowledge.
I’m not sure if I can give you the name of all countries where Barbie is available but I’ll try to let you what I know and I think it’s more than the linked article says.
I’ll give you a list. That’s probably easier to read than a text.
- Japan ( she was released there in the early 1960s and was produced by Mattel only until 1980 but then there were several companies like Takara (by the way I have a Takara Barbie) , Ma-Ba (Mattel-Bandai cooperation), Bandai and after 1995 Mattel produced there for the Japanese market again)
- Germany ( since the early 1960s, hard to find a Nr. 1 from 1959)
- The Netherlands
- Sweden ( she was sold under the name of Brio ( little wooden model train) first in the early 60s)
- Spain ( under license produced by Congost in Spain since the late 70s until the early 90s, later distributed by Mattel itself)
- Portugal ( since the 1980s)
- Mexico ( under license produced by CIPSA (1970s) and Aurimat (1980s)
- Brazil ( under license by Estrela)
- Peru ( under license by Basa)
- Venezuela ( under license by Rotoplast)
- Colombia ( under license by Dibon but the company went bancrupt shortly after the begin of the production)
- Argentina ( under license by Top Toys and Antex)
- The Philippines
- China ( at least they tried to enter the toy market in 2009)
- Russia? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/nov/24/russia.nickpatonwalsh
- Saudi Arabia?
- (List is not complete yet, to be continued as soon as new information is available)
In other countries
We also find similar dolls like Barbie in countries like the middle east. I’m not sure who the producer is but they wear a headscarf. I’ve only seen her once or twice among collectors and she’s called Fulla. It’s not hard to find any picture of her online.
I think last year Mattel released the Barbie with a hijab https://insideretail.asia/2017/11/15/coming-up-barbie-doll-wearing-a-hijab/ . Furthermore there were attempts to create a curvy doll before released the curvy Barbie bodies in the last years under the name of Lammily.
I also remember that there was a doll called Emme https://admin.mashable.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/emme-doll.jpg
She was one of the first tries to release a curvy doll with normal body proportions. I think it was in the late 1990s or so. I’m not a clone doll collector. I simply don’t have the space to collect them beside Barbie doll.
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