Barbie will be 50 in a few days. I hadn't realized I am older than Barbie until I read the news. She sure has stayed in better shape than I have. But then, I've never been a plastic person.
I got my first Barbie when I was about 8 or so. I spent hours playing Barbie with the girl across the street, Kathy Root. The funny thing, is Kathy wasn't my best friend on the block, she was mainly a Barbie friend. We'd set up elaborate "homes" in her front yard, creating furniture out of boxes and using wash cloths for beds. I eventually had two Barbies and one Ken. Not like my daughter who had a Barbie for every event; Shopping Barbie, Disney Barbie, Malibu Barbie, etc. It seemed like every time we had to buy a new outfit for Barbie, we just got a whole new doll.
When I was about 12, I decided I was too old to play with dolls and I gave away one Barbie, Ken and my Barbie House. I regret that now. I do have one Barbie left - the bubble head brunette - and I've bought her some of the old outfits I used to own. She is on a shelf in my entertainment center. I don't know if she misses Ken or not.
UPDATED: Now that she is 50, Barbie is allowed to have tattoos.