The first articulated dolls appeared somewhere around 200 BC.
Teddy Bear is named after President of the Unite States of America Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.
Many dolls are predominantly toys but some of them are collector items and can reach very high prices.
Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
Golliwogg doll was inspired by the children’s book “The Adventures of two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg” by Florence Kate Upton.
Both Barbie and Ken were named after the son and the daughter of their creator: Barbara and Kenneth.
First documented mention of bobblehead doll is in Nikolai Gogol's 1842 short story The Overcoat where is a description of a character neck that reads “like
the necks of plaster cats which wag their heads”.
Blythe dolls were only sold for a one year when they first appeared. They became popular again in 27 years.
The most expensive doll in the world is L’Oiseleur (the Bird Trainer). Its price is $6.25 million.
Oldest Japanese traditional dolls date from 2000BC.
Reborn dolls are so realistic they have been mistaken for real children. There are known cases that the police smashed a window of the vehicle because they
thought that an unconscious baby was in the vehicle when instead was a reborn doll.
First found rag dolls were Roman and dated from 300BC.
Modern European dolls were at first made to represent adults. Childlike dolls did not appear until 1850.
There are workshops, called “doll hospitals” specialized for repair and restoration of dolls. Oldest is in Lisbon, Portugal. It was founded in 1830.
Fear of dolls is called “pediophobia”.
European dolls had brown eyes until the Victorian era when Queen Victoria inspired blue eyes.
Mattel, manufacturer of Barbie, sued MCA Records, for whom band “Aqua” recorded song "Barbie Girl" because they allegedly violated the Barbie trademark.
Barbie is no stranger to controversies. In 1963, Barbie came with an accessory book titled “How to Lose Weight” on the back of which was printed “Don’t
eat”. In 1965, same book came together with accessory scales which were permanently set to 110lbs (55kg).