"Barbie is moving tour" in Vancouver

CNC report from Vancouver
Added On August 5, 2013

Also in Vancouver, "The Barbie Is Moving tour" is coming to the city this weekend.

After more than 40 years of living in Malibu, Barbie, the iconic doll that has inspired generations of children around the world, is packing her bags and looking for a new residence.

Lifestyles is asking the fans why Barbie should move to Canada.

With her one-bedroom, one-bathroom Malibu pink palace dream house now up for sale for 25 million U.S. dollars, the multi-talented Barbie is now touring North America and making stops in such places as New York, Toronto, Chicago, as well as Minnesota and Arkansas, among others, to choose a possible city for her next residence.

Anna Landin, the spokesperson for the Barbie Is Moving tour said the reception wherever the tour stops has been phenomenal as Barbie, who made her debut in 1959, spans generations.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) ANNA LANDIN, Barbie is Moving Spokesperson:
"It's been a wonderful reception. A lot of kids have been so happy. Barbie's never come to see them or she's never really come to their city. So they're really excited to have the opportunity to see what it's like to live in her world for a day."

With Barbie emerging in an era before women's liberation in the late 1950s, the iconic figure has truly been at the forefront of the women's movement in inspiring generations of girls.

According to Landin, this has been perhaps Barbie's positive messages that she gives to girls.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) ANNA LANDIN, Barbie is Moving Spokesperson: 
"I think what makes Barbie so special, and what's really made her timeless, I think, is her ability to change throughout the times. You know she has had over 135 careers, so I think she teaches girls that they can be anything that they want to be. They could be a teacher, they could be a veterinarian, they could be a singer, they could be an actor, they could be a president. They can be anything that they want to be and I think that's something that has really gone through all the generations and all cultures. I think she sends a really great and positive message to girls."

With a host of fun activities for Barbie fans to enjoy during her tour, such as face painting, a runway show, designing outfits for Barbie and helping to design her next dream house, CNC reporter talked to a few of the fans to find out reasons why Barbie should consider moving to Vancouver.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) DIANA, Barbie Fan:
"Because she's beautiful like British Columbia."

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) SOPHIA, Barbie Fan:
"Because it's such a beautiful place and I think she'd really, really enjoy it."

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) KELSEY, Barbie Fan:
"Because Vancouver's awesome, and yeah."

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) JULIE, Barbie Fan:
"So we can have slumber parties with her."

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) LAUREN, Barbie Fan:
"She's like my dream. Oh my God, she has like houses, she has like Corvettes, she's awesome, she's fabulous, she has class, she's like Beyonce. She's fabulous."

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) SHENIE, Barbie Fan:
"Well, she should move here so we can be best friends and I can take her stuff because I want to be Barbie. It's gonna to happen."

With some avid Barbie collectors taking in the Barbie Mobile tour, Lisa Dato tells CNC that she had many Barbie dolls as a child. She has kept a few of the special ones to pass down to her own daughter.

She explains why she likes the dolls that are estimated to have sold more than one billion units in about 150 countries and territories worldwide.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) LISA DATO, Barbie Fan:
"I think Barbie's kind of timeless. She goes with the times, you evolve with her and grow up with her and she's really cool."

Emma Lewis is keen to collect Barbies. She doesn't know how many Barbies she has owned and is hoping to get more for Christmas.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) EMMA LEWIS, Barbie Fan
"She's kind of you can make her whatever you want, you know. You can have a Wonder Women Barbie and then a Queen Elizabeth. The possibilities are endless."

Where Barbie decides to build her next dream house will be announced later this year.