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Barbie Video Girl

For little girls around the world Christmas means receiving a new Barbie. For well over 50 years these dolls have been girls’ most wished for Christmas gifts. Can there ever be too many Barbies? For Christmas 2011 the Video Girl Barbie is the most sought after Barbies. To help you decide if it is right for your little girl we have had parent review this doll for us.

Parent Review of Video Girl Barbie

Barbie Video Girl
As my parents have been getting older, they have been spending much of their time traveling. Our daughters are always excited to get postcards from my parents, especially when they travel to places they read about in school. The downside to them traveling, however, is that it sometimes means my parents aren’t there for holidays. During a recent call from my parents, they informed our girls that they wouldn’t be at our home for Thanksgiving, disappointing my girls.

To help make up for them not being there, they sent a care package with gifts for our three children. My youngest daughter was very happy to find the Barbie Princess Charm School Blair Doll (which I reviewed here), but the biggest surprise was for my eldest daughter – Video Girl Barbie. While they originally were planning on giving this as a Christmas gift, they decided to give it to her early, knowing that my daughter has been eyeing this doll for the past year. Even though we have not had this doll very long, it does not disappoint! Here is what we think so far of Video Girl Barbie.

Fun Factor of Video Girl Barbie

Barbie Video Girl
I have to admit, the Video Girl Barbie is one of the neatest toys I have seen in a long time. Never in a million years would I have considered making Barbie a video camera. My oldest daughter has been having a blast making movies with this cute doll. She is able to record about 25 to 30 minutes of video, all of which my daughter can watch on the little full color LCD camera on the back of the doll. While some people have complained about the video quality, I was quite impressed with how well the little camera was able to record. Grant it, it isn’t as great as our family video recorder, but children really don’t need a high definition video camera for recording Barbie movies.

What I have to say impressed me the most with this cute doll is that my daughter is then able to move the videos onto one of our computers, where she can make music videos or edit the video. This free downloadable software is easy to use and she is able to do all of this easily on her own. She has been quite proud to show us her own Barbie movies that she produced inside of her Barbie townhouse. Since this doll is also poseable, this can make for some very entertaining videos, especially if she has having tea parties with her sister’s dolls.

Ease of Use of Video Girl Barbie

Barbie Video Girl
While the Video Girl Barbie is very nifty, she is not designed for very young children. She can be easy to break, but that isn’t too surprising with her being a video camera. Other than that, my daughter has had absolutely no difficult recording videos. She enjoys watching her own videos and playing them back in real time to see how her video is looking. So far, she has been recording Barbie movies that she has been producing in her Barbie townhouse. For a basic camera for kids, it is very powerful, since it will even let you do some basic editing on the doll itself.
Barbie Video Girl
The first time you do use the editing software, however, I recommend having an edit. To upload video, you will need to use the USB cable that came with the doll and upload the video into special software. This free software is very easy to use, but some children may need some help understanding how to get around in this Barbie editing software. Also, it is important to note that while the videos can be uploaded onto any computer, the editing software will only work on Windows based systems.
 
 

Novelty Factor of Video Girl Barbie

For older girls, the Video Girl Barbie is a great way to get girls interested in not only playing with Barbie’s but with using a camera. The camera in this Barbie is fairly hi-tech and allows your little girl to have some fun making her own Barbie movies. Unlike most Barbie’s, I expect Video Girl Barbie to have quite a bit of replay video – no pun intended! My daughter has even brought Video Girl Barbie to school, allowing her friends to see this cool video, and to show her off during show and tell at school.
Barbie Video Girl
Along with recording videos in Barbie’s point of view, I have to say that this is one of the most fashionable Barbie’s I have seen in a long time. Barbie looks much like you would expect an amateur photographer to look, wearing jeans, a trendy hoody, and ankle boots. In many ways, this is one of the most modern Barbie’s I have seen in a ages that actually is close to portraying a real working woman.
 
 
 
 

In the Box

  • Video Girl Barbie
  • USB Cable
  • Instruction Manual

What Others Think of Video Girl Barbie

At the moment, Video Girl Barbie is considered the hottest Barbie doll for girls this Christmas season, and many stores in our area are already selling out of this cute doll. On Amazon.com, this cute Barbie has a four out of five star rating, and is expected to be a hot seller by Amazon. Here is what other parents and grandparents have to say about Video Girl Barbie…

“We purchased this for our daughter’s 7th birthday. She loves it! The video quality is surprisingly good for something that fits inside a Barbie doll! The audio isn’t bad either. You do need quite a bit of light for recording, but we were able to record things inside the house with light just from open blinds. The editing software is a little tricky to figure out, but I was able to “produce” a 2 minute video with intros, transitions, sounds, and credits in about 30 minutes. I don’t have any prior experience with editing software, and I’m sure it will get much quicker now that I’ve figured out how to do it. I don’t think my daughter will be able to edit any videos herself, but I would rather help her anyway. Overall, I think this is a great product, and I would definitely recommend others buy this if they are thinking about it.”
“I bought this one for my niece and she loves it! You have to get in good light to film. But I think she was worth the price. I love it, it’s a Barbie that does something!”
“This is a very cool Barbie. I’d love this if I was a kid. It’s always fun to create scenes with your barbies and now with this one you can film those scenes too! Makes a great present for any kid interested in barbie and film!”
“I bought this for both of my daughters this past Christmas and am just getting around to a review. The whole idea of being able to produce short films with Barbie was too much, even for me, to pass up! It is a really great concept and not a bad price for what it is. The video and sound quality are really not too bad for something encased in such a small package, but you need to make sure you have plenty of light or the picture will be too dark to see. Outside lighting has been the best option for us. My girls love creating videos and having me put them together for them to show their friends. I think it is a great toy!”
“My daughter loves this doll. I was very surprised by the video quality of the camcorder. We are able to upload all of her videos to the family website and computer and do so many things with them. In fact we sent grandma in Georgia a video card last week. This toy has her interested in photography now as well. I give Video Girl a 10 and 2 thumbs up.”

Other Reviews of Video Girl Barbie

Unsure if your daughter will like Video Girl Barbie for Christmas? Read what other parents and grandparents have to say about Video Girl Barbie here.

Where to Buy Video Girl Barbie

Even though Video Girl Barbie has been out for some time now, it is still one of the hottest items this Christmas . Nearly every parent I know is trying to find this doll for their daughters, especially girls who are starting to hit their tween years. To make sure you can get a hold of this doll in time for Christmas, I recommend purchasing it at Amazon.com. Not only do they have the best price for this doll, but have the best return policy of anywhere online. Since this Barbie is also considered a camcorder, I recommend going with somewhere that has a great return policy, since you never know if the electronics inside the doll will have problems. Having returned stuff at Amazon before, I can tell you that they honor all of their products!

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