Personal Computer Museum, Canada's Videogame Museum

Barbie Computer

Barbie Computer
Barbie Computer

Speed333 MHz
Memory64 MB
Hard Drive10  GB

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Patriot Computers

Release Date: 1/1/1999
Manufacturer: Patriot Computers
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
$599.99
$859.93*
 
Donated By: Hannah Lancaster
 
The Barbie (and Hot Wheels) computers have been steeped in controversy for years. Always a popular hit with kids when they come to the museum, this flower adorned PC and accompanying 15" monitor, mouse, mousepad, and speakers really seem to be something the kids want to play.

The sad part is that due to some manufacturing flaws, most of these machines die and Patriot got stuck repairing and replacing so many of them that it drove them out of business. Worse, they took money and orders right up to the end and ended up not shipping thousands of units and failing to pay Mattel royalties.

Mattel, who didn't directly have anything to do with all this, offered customers that were burned a $100 voucher for their store.

The package came with Windows 98 and a great selection of software.

Check out the sales brochure that shows everything that was included with both the Hot Wheels Computer and the Barbie Computer!

Barbie Hot Wheels Computer Registration Card

Patriot Computers Barbie Computer Invoice

 

This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.
 
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* Inflation data courtesy of www.inflationdata.com. Values are approximate using our own calculations.