Toy Review – Barbie Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Doll
New Toys for Christmas 2014:
In celebration of the Sports Illustrated 50th anniversary issue, and as a throwback to one of the most famous looks of all time, the Barbie Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Doll is a limited edition Barbie doll wearing the classy yet striking black and white zebra-striped halter swimsuit, with a matching pair of black strappy heels, a gold cuff bracelet, and oversized sunglasses.
Who Is This For?
Adults who are keen on maintaining a Barbie Doll collection will be foolish if they pass up on the chance to include the Barbie Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Doll to their collection. Even non-collectors individuals who appreciate Barbie will surely want to get their hands on this particular piece. Of course, little girls’ parents will also be likely to spend on this limited edition collectible as a present for their children.
6 years and up.
Things We Like
The design of the swimsuit worn by the Barbie Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Doll may not be as revealing as the modern swimsuits and bikinis that we see these days. But that is where the real beauty of this doll lies. The one-piece is sexy but still conservative, and maintains a degree of class and sophistication. The black and white stripe design is definitely eye-catching, and the halter design makes it very appealing to the eye.
The accessories are also worth mentioning, from the sexy strappy heels to the gold cuff bracelet, topped off by the white-rimmed sunglasses perched atop Barbie’s head. To complete that beach look, her hair is neatly tied up in a ponytail.
We truly appreciate the effort that went behind this collaboration. Sports Illustrated and Mattel clearly appreciate what the other has accomplished over decades, so they were able to come up with a successful partnership with wonderful results. The magazine paid tribute to the “doll that started it all”, while Mattel made sure to remain faithful to Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit concepts.
Things We Don’t Like
The Barbie Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Doll is a limited edition, so finding it is going to be quite a challenge, especially at the suggested list price. Another aspect about it that we did not care for is how the skin tone was limited to a neutral version. It would be a good idea to also come up with a Barbie Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Doll in other skin tones.
Priced at $19.95, the Barbie Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Doll is going to appeal to both adult collectors and kids alike.
Mattel provides warranty coverage for all its Barbie products. However, the specifics for the Barbie Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Doll have not yet been revealed.
Is It Worth The Money?
This is one Barbie doll limited edition that everyone should have! There is no arguing that it is going to be worth your money. It’s even looked on by many as a worthy investment.
Where Can I Buy?
Expect the Barbie Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Doll to be available from Mattel. Buying the Sports Illustrated issue will also give you a chance to own one. Of course, Amazon and other merchant sites are also likely to have this doll for sale.
Your Barbie doll collection will never be complete without the Barbie Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Doll!