Launched in March 1959, Barbie has been an important part of the collectable doll market for over 50 years. Mattel, the manufacturer of this iconic doll, has estimated that there are well over 100,000 avid Barbie collectors worldwide! In recent years, a wide range of Barbie dolls designed for collectors have been produced, including a series by Royal Doulton. For 2013, two new Barbie figures have been added to the range. In the new full-sized Collector’s Edition Barbie, she strikes a stunningly modern pose. Her long swirling evening gown features tones of blue with a swirling geometric pattern. It’s all set off by a pearlized shawl and matching opera-length gloves. In the new petite-sized figure, Charm School Barbie, she steps out in the perfect outfit for a special party. Her pearlized pink dress has exquisite gold-gild detailing and is finished off with a matching tiara and necklace.