Barbie's first dreamhouse would be a shanty by today's standards. Hell, the first Barbie would be a shanty equivalent by today's standards. She could only rotate her head, her legs at the hips, and her arms at the shouldersand she couldn't shut her eyes or open her mouth. Still, we made do with all these drawbacks, because for many of us boomers, she was the first doll with a waist. Bye, bye, boring baby dolls!