Doll Accessory, Life Support Backpack, Barbie, Astronaut, Toys R' Us

Display Status:

This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This helmet/backpack is an accessory for the Toys R' Us Astronaut Barbie doll issued by Mattel in 1994 commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon by Apollo 11 in 1969.

Invented by Mattel Toys co-founder Ruth Handler in 1958, Barbie dolls were conceived as a toy that would allow children to play with a doll of an adult woman, not a baby or child/companion. As such, Barbie dolls allowed their owners to act out the life of a "single career girl." In the history of this immensely-popular and iconic toy, the Barbie doll has taken on several aviation- and space-themed jobs, including several versions of Barbie as a stewardess, astronaut, and pilot.

Although three different Barbie dolls have been issued dressed in space-themed outfits, none of them offer realistic depictions of women’s participation in human spaceflight.

This doll and costume was donated to the Museum by Mattel in 1995.