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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Then & Now: Barbie Dream House

Then: In the late ’70s and early ’80s, Barbie upgraded from a simple townhouse to a new Dream House: a two-story, A-Frame mansion that most mid-century modern enthusiasts would love to inhabit. In the Coopee household, Barbie and friends often threw big parties, ones that included drop-ins by G.I. Joe, Big Jim, and Big Jim’s special friends Big Jeff and Big Josh.

Now: These days, Barbie’s crib is of the McMansion variety. The latest Dream House is three-stories tall and includes not one but two elevators — one for Barbie and her friends and another for transporting clothes from the master closet on the third floor to the bathroom below. And just in case she runs out of space, Barbie can always hop in her corvette and stay beachside in her Glam Vacation House or Malibu Dream House. So many options, so little time!

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