#FlashbackFriday Wants To Know if Barbie Does the Lambada

Hey, when you advertise your late 1980s/early 1990s Barbie as “Dance Magic Barbie,” her magic better include “The Forbidden Dance.”

It’s important information!

Well, here we are, Friday.

Does that really require any kind of build-up or excitement? It’s the end of the week, and that’s all that you need to know!

So, yesterday we reveled in the glory that was classic 1950s and 1960s advertising by seeing how Barbie began her life…as a woman of society and class.  As time progressed, Barbie did too.  That’s right, she became a multi-faceted career woman…and a master of the dance.

Or several.

That’s right, today’s Flashback Friday covers the late 1980s/early 1990s Barbie magic, in the form of Dance Magic Barbie!

Now, I’ll explain this video.

The introduction is from a marketing video for Children’s Toy Palace (covered on a previous Throwback Thursday, hence the link), which was a video of different toys the struggling toy chain sold in 1990.  It was done in the style of kids running a television station, and the intro for this video is the Mattel segment of the video.  I’m actually working on something for Retroist for that video, but enjoy the Barbie commercial contained herein!

*Gasp* She’s so beautiful!

And she does the Fan Dance!

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But, I think the million dollar question of this whole thing is…

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Who the heck played Barbie and Ken?!

And there you have it, another classic Barbie commercial from the past, and further proof that no matter what decade, what style, what profession…we’re into Barbie!

Seriously, who are those people?!


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