How to identify your Barbie doll with Google

Google image search is gold when it comes to identifying your dolls. Here are some tips on how to do it:

  • Find the unusual traits; for dark skin, use the search term AA (African American) or Christie, the name of Barbie’s friend. Describe the doll as if you would try to describe it for someone trying to find one just like her.
  • Name the head sculpt used if you know it,
  • Search by the year you bought the doll if you got it from a store, if you can’t find it, search one or two years before. The “shelf life” of Barbie dolls is not more than 1-3 years, usually only a year, but some smaller stores that sell low quantities can have previous year’s dolls for a few years after markets have stopped selling them. Curiously, as a kid, I got all my dolls between 3 year’s time span, although it seemed a lot longer time then…Β Don’t use the stamp markings on the doll (unless the search becomes desperate), necessarily, because they refer to the year of the patent of the body parts, but the dolls are listed online by the year of the release, and thus adding the stamp years to the searches will only mislead Google, not help it.
  • If you can only guess when the doll was first produced, go by the decade or year-by-year
  • Name the body type
  • Make a note of the arms; are they straight, bent, or ballerina etc.? The 80’s and 90’s bent arm dolls were the upscale expensive ones, so they should be easy to find compared to straight arm dolls.
  • Once you get to know the way Mattel thinks, you can sometimes guess the production name of the doll, the names can be very predictable at times. However, Ballerina Barbie, Mermaid Barbie, Doctor Barbie – and such will often narrow the search down quite a bit if applicable. They usually produce a new variation of popular themes once or twice a decade. (Long hair? Rapunzel? Although a 90’s mermaid doll also had really long hair. Stars in the eyes? Star Eye Barbie? You get the idea.)
  • If this was your own doll, you can pretty much tell whether this was a popular one or a cheapo from the chemist, right? The popular ones are still popular because people tend to wish to find a replacement for their old childhood dolls, so the search is much easier with the popular ones. Do you remember what you called her as a kid? “The Star Shine Barbie?” Search with that.
  • Sometimes it is a good idea to browse sale pages by the decade of your doll. The popular ones, in particular, will pop up often.

Good luck!

Please note that when you ask me to identify a doll for you, I most likely don’t know it straight away. I use your description to Google them, and I can, often, find a match. I’m not very good at identifying dolls, but I’m good at using Google. πŸ™‚ That is to say, that my reader’s descriptions of the dolls is often enough to find the doll – apart from the Superstar era blond, blue-eyed girls stamped 1966, they are most often too generic in the description without their dresses and they can sometimes be identified only by counting their eyelashes…Β 

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Hi I just found an old Barbie doll off mine and she’s pretty small. Like the size of my hand. She has orange and pink hair with some strands of sparkly hair , skinny hot pink legs, a flower on her forehead and purple eyes. She’s a tiny doll and I can’t identify her so I can buy more!! I’m 15 and I got this doll when I was 5.. please help identifying!

grayson abrahams

please help me. she is a barbie probably from the 90s. she has one bent arm and a twisty type body. she has longer than shoulder length hair which is dirty blonde and blue eyes and a darkish lipstick and her eyes are quite small too.


I have a Barbie Doll that does not have a place of manufacture on it. The only info on her lower back is Β©MATTEL INC. 1966. Her skin tone is darker and the face is almost a light brown ( not African American) but the face is darker than the body. Also the blonde hair is a darker blonde. It has straight arms and bend at the knee legs. No marking any where else on doll. Any info you can give me would be great. I searched the internet for hours and found nothing. Thank you


i have a dool with blue eyes, longish caramel hair,pale orange makeup, a thinner face mold,and skin a little tan. her mold was made in 2006 and head in 2005 if that helps. legs are slightly bendy and straight arms. plz help!!!


I have a Ken looking doll but it ain’t Ken he is probably from the 70’s he has black painted hair with facial Hair with black eye brows and brown eyes he is stamped on his neck but it kinda has worn off but it look like it says palm maby or fall maby or Moby but really can’t tell if anyone can help me who this might be please let me know thank U so much 😊


Me and my mom found a doll that looks like a barbie by the face and has blonde hair. The head says “2013 mattel” and the back of the torso says “CLD94 H321 2014 mattel 1186 MJ, 1, NL made in indonesia”. It’s legs are articulated and very floppy and has jeans directly sculpted onto the legs. The plastic legs are dark blue with seams and pockets sculpted on them to look like jeans.

Donna Hamilton

Hi. I have several barbies that have the normal 1966 Mattel on them but the heads have nothing. I also have some 1958 and 1963. Most of the ones like that are from phillipines Indonesia or China. I know you are suppose to go by the stamp on the neck but if there isn’t one, does the stamp on the body what I go by? Thank you!!!!


I have a Barbie that came with a wedding dress from a thrift store. I have found out the dress doesn’t belong to her. I have posted her pictures in a couple of pages but no one recognizes her. I have googled her and nothing. She has a pink body suit/leotard painted on. Her arms move out as well as forward and backwards. She has blue eye shadow but not the light blue, and teeth showing. I hope someone can help.