If you are Barbie collector, I highly recommend joining the Barbie Fan Club! The membership fee is about $25 but you get a gift – this year it was a silkstone dress form and you get a $20 credit every quarter. In June I realized I had not used my $20 credit yet and now that my older daughter Megan has transitioned from being a competitive gymnast to being a cheerleader for her high school, what better doll to get for her than the new University of Alabama Cheerleader Barbie?

University of Alabama Cheerleader Barbie

Isn’t she pretty? She looks so much like my daughter Megan – it is just perfect – and for $4.95 after applying my Barbie Fan Club credit, I just had to add to her her collection.

I took the Barbie out of her box in order to take photos without too much glare, but slid it back into the box when I was done. This new line of University Barbies are actually pretty neat – the have four universities represented – University of Alabama, Louisiana State University, Auburn University and Arkansas University.  And another cool factoid is that they brought back some older face molds that have not been used in a while for these dolls, too.

Part of me wishes Megan would take her out of her box and pose her on her stand, but she is a pretty die-hard collector and leaves most of her dolls in their boxes. I’m surprised she even let me take the inner box out for the photos.

The University Barbies are perfect for collectors and as gifts for students, alumni and fans. These will be popular and I am sure Mattel will add more universities to the list soon.