’80s And ’90s Kids Are Sharing The Weirdest Barbies They Had Growing Up (35 Pics)

Ah, the ’80s and ’90s – a time of cassette tapes, jelly sandals, and yes, some truly weird Barbie doll iterations. For many millennials, Barbie wasn’t just a doll; she was a mirror of pop culture, even if that reflection occasionally ventured into the peculiar. Remember when she tried her hand at rap or donned that questionable outfit?

As we stroll down this neon-hued memory lane, brace yourself for a delightful blend of nostalgia and “what were they thinking?” moments with these weirdest Barbies that graced our childhood toy boxes.

1. “Haunted Beauty Mistress Of The Manor Barbie 2014”

2. “Barbie’s Kid Sister Skipper Growing Up”

3. “Barbie Doll As Medusa”

4. “Sugar Daddy Palm Beach Ken”

5. “Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds Barbie Doll”

6. “Barbie Haunted Beauty Ghost Doll”

7. “Empress Of The Aliens Barbie”

8. “Midge Pregnant Doll With Magnetic Baby Bump And Newborn Infant”

9. “Barbie And Pooping Tanner Dog 2006”

10. “1994 Shaving Fun Ken”

11. “Rollerblade Barbie Flicker N’ Flash Actually Created Sparks And Got Recalled. I Loved Playing With Her And Will Remember The Smell From The Skates”

12. “Becky, Barbie’s Wheelchair-Using Friend, Couldn’t Fit Through The Doors Of Barbie’s Dreamhouse, And It Also Didn’t Fit Into The Dreamhouse Elevator”

13. “Earring Magic Ken (1992)”

14. “Barbie And Ken Star Trek 1996 30th Anniversary Dolls Gift Set”

15. “Elton John Barbie”

16. “Lounge Kitties Barbie 2003”

17. “Barbie Signature Queen Elizabeth II”

18. “Barbie Video Girl Doll 2009”

19. “Oreo Barbie 2001”

20. “Teen Talk Barbie 1991”

21. “Star Wars Barbie Chewbacca”

22. “Birthing Dog Barbie Playset”

23. “McDonald’s Fun Time Barbie And Kelly Dolls 2001”

24. “Barbie Little Red Riding Hood And The Wolf”

25. “George Washington Barbie”

26. “Rendezvous Barbie Masquerade 1998”

27. “Barbie Happy Family Neighborhood Grandpa Doll”

28. “Barbie Wash & Watch 1991”

29. “Rappin’ Rockin’ Ken Doll 1991”

30. “Karl Lagerfeld Barbie”

31. “Barbie Collector Doll ‘Shoe Obsession'”

32. “Rappin’ Rockin’ Barbie Doll 1991”

33. “Tattoo’s Butterfly Art Ken 1998”

34. “Barbie Totally Stylin’ Tattoos 2008”

35. “Barbie Scooby-Doo Ken As Shaggy”


Nate Armbruster

Nate Armbruster is a stand-up comedian and writer based in Chicago who is likely writing a joke as you read this. Find him online at natecomedy.com.