The first time Barbie officially celebrated Easter was in 1959 when Mattel issued the vintage Barbie Easter Parade outfit which featured a black
coat over a colorful print sheath dress. The following year, Mattel
continued to make the dress without the coat.
The next time an Easter-themed Barbie doll appeared was not until 1993 when Mattel made the Easter Fun Barbie doll. Barbie wore a white dress with a colorful Easter egg print and came with stickers to decorate eggs inside the box.
This article is Part II in a series on Easter Barbie dolls - past and present. The list is of Easter Barbie dolls below sold from 1993 to 1999 and is made up of dolls which were predominantly available in grocery stores and convenience stores. As reported in Easter Barbie dolls - past and present, although the Easter Parade Barbie doll ensemble from 1959 was the first Easter-themed Barbie product, the first Easter Barbie doll, Easter Fun came out in 1993.
Starting in 2001 with the Flower Mania Barbie, Mattel
appears to have had a hard time committing to the Easter theme. From
that point on, some years Mattel would produce an Easter Barbie, and
some years only a spring-themed doll. I am including just the Easter
Barbie dolls in this article.
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