Dolls, Action Figures & Vinyl Figures

Dolls, Barbie Dolls and Action FiguresMany years ago I was asked (as a freelancer) to write about a range of Barbie dolls, it was the first time I really noticed just how many different Barbies there were in the world.   I was totally caught up in the range available and started writing about lots of other Barbie dolls for myself.

It got to the stage where my own daughter told me she thought I was getting a little obsessed by Barbies!   Barbie dolls led me to other action figures as well and finally I came across the Funko pop culture vinyl figures which was so much fun.

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Here’s where you can find some of them along with a few other dolls just for variety’s sake.

Barbie Dolls

As most people seem to know Ruth Handler was the inventor of the Barbie doll who she named after her daughter Barbara.  She claimed that“My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be,” which is pretty special and certainly is shown in all of the career Barbies that are available.

Ruth Hanler also said “Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices.”  I do wonder if she could have imagined the number of pop culture icons that Barbie would embrace from Lieutenant Ulhura to Bella Swan, Wonder Woman to Lucille Ball and so many more.

The humble Barbie doll really has become an pop culture icon in her own right.  No longer just a doll for young girls every where to play with Barbie is a collectible doll as well!

Dolls & Action Figures

Monster High & Ever After Dolls

This millennium the girls that have been enthralled with Barbie for decades have been more discerning looking for dolls with a little bit more attitude like Bratz and then the Monster High School dolls.   Monster High and their spin off range of Ever After range introduced dolls with interesting back stories, books, webisodes and more.

Barbie dolls remained popular, but these dolls were definitely ones to enjoy playtime with!   The cross over between the popular Monster High School and Ever After High was managed through a student who changed schools – C.A. Cupid was at school in Monster High helping her fellow students to find love before she transferred to Ever After High to join the Rebels!

Funko Pop Vinyl Figures

Funko was founded in 1998, but I’ve really seen their vinyl figures come into their own over the last 10 years in Australia and I love them.   I don’t actually own any myself, but I have spent a long time in certain stores admiring the ever growing selection that they have.

My brother has quite a few and I have brought my Doctor Who loving niece a few Doctor Who Funko figures which were a huge hit.  They really are a great gift idea.

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