Are Barbies 12 Inches Long? (Are They All The Same Length?)

Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 11:07 pm

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Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 11:07 pm

Barbie dolls have been the favorites of little children all over the world for many years. They have set the standards for many toys and even until today are still desired by toddlers and young children alike. 

Barbies have come a long way since their launch back in March of 1959. There have been a lot of different developments made, from the change in materials to new looks and outfits.

The Barbies that 50s and 60s kids knew and loved were a little short of being 12-inches tall. 

Standard Barbie dolls from the 50s&60s were actually 11.5 inches in height. Current Barbie dolls are 12 inches tall although that can vary based on the specific models. 

Over the years, Barbies have greatly changed. There are now many different Barbie variations coming in at different heights, sizes, body structure, looks, and even skin tone.

This was done in an effort to become more diverse and to create Barbie dolls that reflect the various standards of beauty in different cultures and ethnicities as well as to allow children to have Barbies that represented them or their families more closely. 

So now, you will find that many Barbie dolls will have different heights when you go to look at them in stores. 

How Many Types Of Barbies Are There?

Ever since their makeover in 2016, we’ve seen a lot of different types of Barbies. They have been going away from their more standard looks and becoming more diverse as each new variation of Barbie has been different.

They all have different heights, skin tones, body structures, hair colors, and different styles for clothing as well.

Not to mention the different professions that they have as well.

Despite the many varieties of Barbie dolls, there are only four official categories recognized by their manufacturer, Mattel. 

These include:

  • Original
  • Tall
  • Petite
  • Curvy

These categories refer to the different body structures that Barbie dolls now have — which is also greatly appreciated by people of different sizes and structures rather than just having the stick figure thin model. 

Four main categories of Barbies may seem pretty small, but within these are hundreds, if not thousands, of other Barbie variations based on style, skin tone, fashion choices, occupation, etc. 

Barbies span over 45 different industries and sectors, including fitness, clothing, food, and other common professions.

True to the company’s tagline and mission, Barbie can be anything. There is a Barbie doll for over 200 different careers, including but not limited to:

  • Astronaut Barbie
  • Doctor Barbie
  • Entrepreneur Barbie
  • Firefighter Barbie
  • Flight Attendant Barbie
  • Gymnast Barbie
  • Journalist Barbie
  • Reporter Barbie
  • Trade Worker Barbie

As the company develops, there’s sure to be a lot more professions for the  Barbie dolls to get into also. 

This is great for Barbie lovers everywhere, considering that they will feel more involved and can relate more with their beloved Barbie dolls.

Examples of Different Barbie Dolls

Since the launch of Barbie in 1959, there have been a lot of different variations and Barbies released.

Some are more famous than others, like the best-selling Totally Hair Barbie that was released in 1992. Fans loved this because she was the first Barbie with floor-length hair.

Here are some of the other different Barbie Dolls that fans all across the world  have come  to know and love.

Red Flare Barbie

Red Flare Barbie showcased the 60s fashion trend in the best light, a white and red coat that came with a matching hat.

She had big, black, and curly hair, truly resembling the trend in those days. She was the epitome of sophistication and style.

Color Magic Barbie

1966 was a very vibrant and colorful year, and of course, Mattel just had to create a Barbie that reflected exactly that.

Color Magic Barbie was very colorful and bright, with different colors of hair and a rainbow-colored outfit.

TwistNTurn Barbie

While most of the early generation Barbies were fully articulated, meaning they had bendable knees and legs, the TwistNTurn Barbie took it up a notch.

This feature of Barbie had a twistable waist, turning neck, and bendable knees. It made them more dynamic and poseable for kids to enjoy.

Talking Barbie

1968 saw great developments for Barbies as the company created a big breakthrough and launched Talking Barbie. 

This battery-operated doll could say a variety of different taglines.

One example of the phrases that Talking Barbie could speak was “Let’s Go Shopping.”

Malibu Barbie

Laid back, chill, and embodying a surfer vibe. That was Barbie in 1971 when Malibu Barbie was launched. A short time later, the company also introduced another doll, Malibu Christie.

Christie was introduced as Barbie’s friend in Malibu. She had a dark skin tone and had long straight hair.

Barbie the Olympic Skier

Barbie was never late or irrelevant in global events and occasions. She was always on top of different trends.

At the launch of the Austria Winter Olympics in 1976, Barbie was released as an Olympic skier to jump to the occasion.

Superstar Barbie

The 70s was the age of superstars when singers and celebrities had a great influence and were loved by fans all over the world.

Of course, Barbie can be a superstar too, being a girl who can be anything. They launched a Superstar Barbie who showcased all the glitz and glamor of being a star.

Fashion Barbie

One of the most iconic models when it comes to fashion can be traced back to the 1980s. The outfits then were truly a statement and colorful.

Fashion Barbie flaunted the iconic 80s fashion, with big curly hair, an oversized top, leggings paired with leg warmers, and some sneakers.

Native American Barbie

To showcase the rich culture of the American people, the Native American Barbie was launched. She was dressed like how Native Americans would have looked many centuries ago. 

Barbie Dolls of the World

Barbie became more inclusive in 1994, launching a series called Barbie Dolls of the World. This collection showcased Barbie dolls that looked like different races and ethnicities.

The Dolls of the World Barbies also wore traditional attires of people and cultures from around the world.

Destiny’s Child Barbies

Girl group and superstars Destiny’s Child were the hype in 1995. So much so that they needed their own Barbie dolls!

Mattel created Barbie doll versions of the three members of Destiny’s Child, dressed in formal attire and holding microphones — ready to rock the stage.


Barbie dolls have come a long way since their launch in 1959. As the years go by, more and more Barbie variations are being created.

These Barbies showcase the best of global trends, fashion, professions, and events, coming in with different looks, outfits, skin tones, hairstyles, and of course, heights. 

Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 11:07 pm

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