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This is what all of the Canadian themed barbie dolls ever made look like

Canadian-themed Barbie dolls vary widely; since 1997, Mattel has released dolls modelled after Indigenous Canadians, RCMP officers and even an Olympic ice dancer.

Here are the Barbie dolls with connections to Canada that Mattel has launched over the years.

"Inuk" Inuit Northern Canada Barbie doll (1997)

This limited-edition doll was created as part of Mattel's Dolls of the World program.

Not much else is known about this doll, but her warm clothes are certainly a requirement for Canada's freezing winter weather.

NBA Toronto Raptors Barbie doll (1998)

More than a decade before the Toronto Raptors won the NBA championship, Mattel came out with a Barbie celebrating Canada's beloved team.

Note the authentic purple NBA uniform.

Olympic Fan Canada Barbie doll (2000)

This limited-edition doll was created for the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics.

Mattel also produced Cuban, Mexican, French, Greek and Australian versions of the doll.

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The Canada fan Barbie doll was produced for the 2000 summer Olympics | Amazon.

Inuit Legend Barbie doll (2005)

Inuit Legend Barbie doll is designed by Christy Marcus, winner of the Ryerson University Barbie fashion design contest.

The doll's elaborate outfit includes a bodice of white sueded brushed tricot, a printed skirt, a brown satin underskirt, gloves, boots, and a cord and feather choker.

Canada Barbie doll (2013)

Well, folks, this Barbie doll is about as Canadian as it gets (unless she was chugging maple syrup, maybe).

Mattel says that the doll was created as part of their special edition "Dolls of the World" program.

The Barbie's outfit is inspired by the "Red Serge, " the uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.   

Hudson's Bay Barbie doll (2016)

Designed in collaboration with Canada's iconic department store, this Barbie shows a "modern Canadian fashion spirit," according to spokesperson Lisa Perry, Barbie Brand Manager.

Her coat bears The Bay's signature yellow, blue, green and red stripes.

Tessa Virtue Barbie doll (2019)

Canadian ice dancer Tessa Virtue was made into Barbie form in 2019, as part of the Barbie "Shero" dolls collection aimed at inspiring young girls to achieve their dreams.

Virtue took to social media to celebrate the occasion.

"Seeing the Tessa Virtue Barbie stand beside women who are breaking boundaries and inspiring the next generation of girls elicits a new level of pride, responsibility, wonder, and honour," she wrote on Instagram in March 2019.

Considering that Virtue is one-half of the youngest ice dance team ever to win an Olympic gold medal, it's safe to say that she knows what she's talking about.

HBC x Barbie 350th Anniversary HBC Stripes Barbie doll (2020)

Hudson's Bay launched a second Barbie to mark turning 350-years-old, making it the oldest company in North America

"Barbie pays homage to the company's original adventurers and the astonishing Canadian wilderness that continues to present staggering challenges and endless wonder," said Perry.

Tim Hortons Hockey Barbie doll (2020)

Does it get more Canadian than Tim Hortons and a hockey jersey?

Mattel says that the doll is part of their mission to redefine what it means to a "Barbie" in 2020.

"[Mattel is] striving to represent global diversity in the fashion doll aisle by showcasing culturally relevant and aspirational roles in fields where women are underrepresented, such as the sport of hockey," said Perry.

"The dolls are part of a larger discussion around girls pursuing their dreams to become anything they would like to be, including an athlete."

The launch date of the Barbie was actually delayed in mid-August while Mattel and Tim Hortons hurried to make a Black version of the doll amid anti-Black racism protests sweeping across Canada.

Barbie dolls may have originated in the United States, but they certainly make a splash with Canadians north of the border, too.

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