The Insider’s Guide to Takara

Have you heard about Takara yet? Probably not. Do you know that they are Japanese toy makers? Probably not. Why the hell am I asking you so much questions? Well, I like to teach and discover the world. So, if you have no idea what Barbie and Takara have in common, watch my video.

and if you want to know more about the Japanese doll craziness, watch this episode of Japanology.

And here’s a short commercial about Takara from the early 1980s.


Exploring the Marvelous World of Barbie Doll Design in the 1990s


In the world of toys, Barbie has always reigned supreme, captivating the hearts of millions of girls around the globe. For those of us who grew up in the 90s, Barbie dolls were an essential part of our childhood. The excitement of unboxing a new Barbie and immersing ourselves in imaginative play was unparalleled. Little did we know, however, that behind the scenes, a team of talented designers were meticulously crafting these iconic dolls. Today, we delve into a captivating YouTube video that offers a glimpse into the enchanting world of Barbie doll design in the 1990s.

The Video – a lost treasure from the marvelous world of Barbie doll design in the 1990s:

The YouTube video in question takes us on a journey through the behind-the-scenes process of designing Barbie dolls and their fashions during the 90s. From concept creation to meticulous detailing, the video showcases the immense effort and creativity that went into bringing these dolls to life. As the video unfolds, we are introduced to the designers who passionately share their insights and techniques, giving us a rare glimpse into their world.

Designing Marvels in the Barbie doll world of the 1990s:

During the 1990s, Barbie dolls underwent a series of transformations, reflecting the ever-evolving fashion trends and societal shifts. The video reveals how designers drew inspiration from various sources, such as runway fashion shows, historical eras, and even pop culture icons. Witnessing these influences come to fruition in the design process is truly fascinating.

From selecting the perfect fabric to crafting intricate accessories, the attention to detail in Barbie doll design is awe-inspiring. We see designers meticulously sketching out outfits, experimenting with different color palettes, and ensuring that every aspect of the doll’s appearance is meticulously considered. The dedication and passion of these designers shine through their work, making each Barbie doll a masterpiece in its own right.

Glimpsing into the Past:

As we watch this YouTube video, a wave of nostalgia washes over us, transporting us back to our childhood. We can’t help but feel a sense of wonder and appreciation for the dolls that brought us so much joy. The video allows us to reflect on the impact Barbie had on our lives, fostering creativity, imagination, and empowerment.


The YouTube video showcasing the behind-the-scenes process of Barbie doll design in the 1990s is a true gem for those who grew up in that era. It offers a captivating glimpse into the world of Barbie doll creation, revealing the dedication, creativity, and passion that went into designing these iconic toys. As we watch the video, we can’t help but marvel at the intricate details and the lasting impact Barbie had on our childhoods. Although we may have missed witnessing this process as children, we can now appreciate the marvelous artistry that brought our beloved Barbie dolls to life.

Let’s sew for Barbie

In the last weeks I felt the wish to sew something for Barbie just for fun… but none of these mommy made clothes where you can see the intention but the implementation is very bad. Sorry for the tapeworm set. I know it’s awful but I’m good at writing long sentences. My teachers had to read a lot when I wrote essays as exams. Anyway I felt the wish to sew a dress or a skirt for Barbie the same style Mattel did for the Vintage Barbie dolls (1959 -1967 Vintage era).

So I bought a pattern and I had the first problem in finding the right material. I bought some fabric for my experiments and asked the saleswoman what fabric they used. I took a Sunflower dress with me and showed her the fabric. She told me it was sewing tulle. Strange stuff. They had none in the store and didn’t offer to order some. After a while I found one shop with the right offer online and I ordered it.

I decided to tape my experiences because you might have the problems too when you are looking for this material. It doesn’t seem to be common anymore. Anyway, here’s the link to my video

You are new in the Barbie world and have no idea where to search for information?

Hi guys,

I keep my promise and do not neglect my blog like I did in the last months. Today I’d like to show you a video that might be useful when you are new in the world of Barbie doll and especially interested in Superstar Barbie (era from 1977- appr.1999). Maybe you had a Barbie doll when you were little and want to have her again. Maybe you are completely without any ideas where to look for shoes. I know it’s one of the most difficult topics. What kind of shoe belongs to what kind of outfit and how do they differ?

I think this is a good video to start with when you are new but you want to know more about shoes.

Great Link to old cataloges (1930s to 1990)

For those of you who stayed children in their hearts I have a great link. Here is the link site contains scans from American cataloges from well known catalog companies. I also found Barbie dolls there and I thought it is good to post this link in my blog so that lots of other Barbie doll lovers can rummage there, too.