Introduction: USB Barbie

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It was just another day at the beach for Barbie and friends. The sun was shining and Ken had even decided that he was feeling rather generous to let Barbie out of the house following last week's fiasco.
That was when things went horribly, horribly wrong.
Barbie was never the same again...

Okay, so this is my very first instructable, so please be gentle.
This is my rendition of a USB Barbie that I first saw on the internet several years ago. After tireless searching and vain ambition I was unable to find a decent how-to article on this particular mod. Not many drives compare to the hilarity and shock generated by this. If, like me, you enjoy the odd and oh-so macabre then this instructable is for you! Enjoy and happy making!

Step 1: Materials and Tools (Barbie)

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Alright, so you wanna get inside Barbie and fill her delicious innards with the power of USBl? This is what you will need:

X-acto knife
Dremel with cutting or sanding heads
Caulk Gun for silicone
Screwdriver (or similar for prying)
Rubber bands
Barbie Clothes (optional)
Stationary USB drive (no buttons, no moving parts, ect)

Step 2: Barbie's Autopsy Adventure

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Alright guys, (and gals) lets get to it. That's right it is time to live out your Barbie mutilation fantasy, and this time your little sister won't come running in just as you rend Barbie's head from her body. Like a stockpile of booze at a college party it all has to go...

There are of course many ways to disassemble a  perfectly functioning Barbie doll. I prefer the macabre, old fashioned method of brute force, however, this will determine the final quality of the doll.

The Method used here was head and legs off, body cracked and/or pried open. Do what works best for you, and just keep trying to open the body without causing any damage. Try to keep the posts (see picture 3) intact if you can as it will make later steps a lot easier.

Here are a couple of pictures for you.

Step 3: USB Dismantling

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Pretty self-explanatory, every drive is different, the one featured here was easily and simply pried apart. I can't possibly speak for every drive, just do your best! (Or worst)

Step 4: Barbie's Liposuction Reduction

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High speed rotary tool in hand, we must now whip Barbie's body into shape. Start by cutting off small sections of her neck on both sections of the body to fit the metal portion of the drive comfortably. Once your drive fits into the body, you must figure out how deep the drive needs to go to work properly in a computer. To facilitate this, you can use my method. Plug in the drive** and place the bottom half of the body over it. Make sure that the bottom half is level with the computer and mark off where the drive ends. See pictures if you are confused here.

Legal Disclaimer:

**Exercise caution here, there are dangerous currents flowing through the computer. This method could produce a shock which could be harmful or fatal, therefore, it is not recommended. You have been warned, I take no liability or responsibility for your actions. Proceed at your own risk.**

Step 5: Barbie's Silicone Fantasy

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"California Beach Barbie got free silicone from her father last week..."

So now that your drive has been fitted to Barbie's body it is time to stick it to her. Place a light layer of silicone from her neck to your line and press your drive into it. Cover the entire region in another layer of silicone and smooth out with a stick/finger/screwdriver or similar and let dry as per the directions on the tube. See the picture to get an idea of what we are going for here, it doesn't have to be much just enough to cover your drive.

Once the silicone is nice and dry, be sure to test it to make sure it will stay put. It should be firmly attached to the body. If not, pull off the silicone and try again making your layers thicker. If, as a last resort you just can't get it to stay go for the King Kong approach and use JB Weld.

Step 6: Barbie Trys to Pull Herself Together

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After you are fairly certain that Barbie's new high tech appendage is secure, we must begin to pull her back together. There are many ways to do this, I choose the overkill method. Here is what worked for me:

First, I replaced the arms and leg holder as they had been originally placed.  Then using the posts I managed to salvage back in step 2 and the empty body cavity I covered everything in the bottom half with silicone. Next, I made a line of silicone along the lines of the body and pinched the halves together.

To help hold the body in place long enough to dry, I placed rubber bands in areas of concern i.e. chest, belly and crotch. Fearing and in some cases noticing that this still wasn't enough I finally clamped the body to my table and put a lot of weight on it. If you broke some section of the body, now is a good time to repair it with silicone. Don't worry about bad looking edges, they will get covered up later.

Step 7: Barbie Tests the Limits

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Once everything has had enough time to dry begin to remove your holds carefully. Be sure to check that the problem areas have adhered. If they haven't go back and try again, and consider the JB Weld option. Slowly remove your rubber bands and gently squeeze Barbie to test her body. More importantly, make sure that she holds together when plugged into a computer. If she holds, dress her on up! To cover your drive, just shove her head onto it.

Step 8: Barbie, USB, and the Best Stares You Will Ever Get

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So that's it! I hope you enjoyed reading this instructable as much as I have writing it and that you are able to create your very own USB Barbie. If you have suggestions/questions about this project or any insights into the next round of childhood icon mutilation, shoot me a line! Feel free to upload your USB Barbie related stories/pictures to the comments section. Today, we leave you with a few pictures of Barbie, doing what she does best and some ideas on what to do with her!

Put pictures of your obese relatives on her.
Store your collection of childhood music.
Take her to a Barbie convention.
Use her as a podslurper (Found on this site)
Make her store your "questionable material." She has an open mind.
Install DBAN to make her into a hard drive murdering witch!
Threaten your siblings that all their toys will wind up like this if they don't do as you command.
Use her as a "normal" thumb drive.


Gelfling6 (author)2015-10-13

This has shades of the Kip Kay Barbie-Cam hack!!

diymermaid (author)Gelfling62017-04-08

Yeah, that's really cool. xD

Gelfling6 (author)Gelfling62015-10-13

Outstanding hack!!!! And perfect for the Halloween Season!

www139 (author)2016-02-28

this is so awesome. Serves barbie right for being so rudely dressed! :D

NaesDraw (author)2010-09-17

I've been half tempted to do something like this for some time. Although it would be kinda weird to do it with a barbie... Any idea what else I could use?

♪ (author)NaesDraw2011-07-06

A Sock.(Maybe)

Okay wow, that picture is awesome! I could see that being awkward on a barbie, but actually pretty funny! How about a Teddy Bear or a similar cute and unsuspecting stuffed buddy? It would be kinda funny to simulate the chest burster from Alien. I look forward to seeing where you go with your idea!

Well.... I was trying to keep in the picture's theme. The trick is to keep it cool and guy approved, without sliding into creepyville. I have a 4G stick, and it shouldn't be hard to solder a old USB mouse wire to that. The trick is the vic- recipient of the upgrades.

originalb (author)2011-05-13

Maybe you should add a recommendation to turn off the Computer and Un-plug it from the power supply.

mg0930mg (author)originalb2011-07-06


Mimikry (author)2011-07-06

Haha, i like such stuff :o)

but i think my dog would chew on barbies well-shaped rubberlegs...

dreamberry (author)2011-07-06


lockdown1101 (author)2011-05-26

How big is the barbie? I've been thinking of doing this with a batman :D

bendog38 (author)2011-05-25


TeamDuck (author)2010-11-29

I lol'd when I saw the instructable image. Great mod.

godslayer12 (author)2010-10-13

i am totally going to do this for web design class lawl

taz3000nice (author)2010-06-20

Great and funny Instructable, good job!!!


chrisegan (author)2010-06-21

i must kill lots of kittens then hahahahaha

Poor, poor kittens. >:)

miss.codie (author)2010-08-04

lol ... my brother always says he hates barbie so i sort of dismantled his USB... i wonder what he's gonna say when he finds it ! LOL man o man it gonna be real funny . bty thnx i l♥ve this instructable i've even printed it !

I'm glad you like it! Good luck in your construction! Thanks for your kind words!

severepb (author)2010-09-09

just wondering, i notice the barbie hanging from the laptop. wouldnt the leverage of her "body weight" damage the usb port on your laptop over time, or if you accidently hit her that too would damage the port.? jw

That is a valid concern to be sure. I think that that may happen, however she is kinda ungainly for everyday use, she works but only part-time, something about a social life or something. She really is more of a novelty item, fun to build and great for those strange looks and preservation of kittens. Happy Modding!

Clark Industries (author)2010-06-21

For all the kittens past and present that have died to make this possible, we thank you.

Mehehehful (author)2010-01-27


CarStalkerZ (author)Mehehehful2010-01-27

i killed a lot of innocent kittens

Lol, their shining innocent eyes cast judgment on you from the place where dead kitties run free... :(

bahahahaha (again) what a great site this is.

alex4646 (author)Mehehehful2010-06-03

way to many kittens just dieds

Mehehehful (author)alex46462010-06-06

Poor kittens, why always them.... what about puppies?

alex4646 (author)Mehehehful2010-06-08

or like something uglier aka fish.

Mehehehful (author)alex46462010-06-08

maybe like mosquitoes...

ccrh2008 (author)2010-05-22

well... hahahahahaha! this is so funny. I am actually contemplating doing this and using the drive at school. So funny. So unusual. I like this.(sortof)
good job!

zack247 (author)2010-05-21

in step 1 i notice you have a red nintendo screwdriver! i have one just like it!
in step 7 she looks like a zombie...
awesome idea, it must be hilarious what looks you get with it...

supervecatari (author)2010-04-05

its nice that barbie is helping in the tech field now

scalingup78 (author)2010-03-02

Oh Look! It's USB Barbie. It's PC Barbie. It's Giggle Byte Barbie. It's Techno Barbie - She has a head for computers. It's flash drive Barbie - She puts her memory where her mouth is. It's secure flash drive Barbie - You can't get a word in otherwise. It's compulsive-obsessive Barbie - Not a bit out of place.

Denger (author)2010-02-22

It's nice to see that Barbie has many opportunities in the tech field today.  Forty years ago, her head would have been in the oven.

Denger (author)2010-02-22

It's nice to see that Barbie has many opportunities in the tech field today.  Forty years ago, her head would have been in the oven.

kenbob (author)2010-01-27

Great instructable!

Ok, now somebody has to do the Ken doll... where should the usb stick out?...

Fred82664 (author)kenbob2010-01-27

wow I thought Ken and Barby broke up and Barby went for GI J o did I read the tabloid wrong and Barby was using GI Jo when ken was at the office . sleb dolls these days cant keep up with them any more  

hishealer (author)Fred826642010-01-29

What's really creepy is Ken was originally Barb's brother, til they found out little girls were marrying them anyway.  Then the story changed...

Fred82664 (author)hishealer2010-01-29

celebrity dolls What next. lol even Matell   wanted Barby to hook up with GI Jo thats why Ken was originally was Barby's brother. I think GI Jo would be better for her any ways,,,, All the Military benefits, medical and education package and the hazserd pay Jo would get much beter then the airline job she had. Sorry Jo Barby took up with her pasnsy brother Ken !   

Biggsy (author)Fred826642010-01-29

Insest ... Fun for ALL the family ;-)

Fred82664 (author)Biggsy2010-01-29

LMAO CRYING ! this way so funny we must be careful I know of some families that live like this and think it all good  

Biggsy (author)Fred826642010-01-29

hehehe, you from Deeavon in the UK or something? :p

Fred82664 (author)Biggsy2010-01-29

No I am in the US that is common in the south east part of the US. What a shocker to me they would have that kind of family value across the pond. I thought the corrupted ones came over with the pilgrims and the Titanic took the rest with her   

Biggsy (author)Fred826642010-01-29

Oh no we have lots of pockets of interbred yokels... We tried  to contain them on the Isle of Man but they escaped... They could be anyone... with the unfortunate availibility of shoes nowerdays you cant tell WHO has webbed feet ;)

Fred82664 (author)Biggsy2010-01-29

lol I know I got 10 separated toes no webed feet here ,,,,I been around the pubs a lot but  but I always ask the chicks for  there Family Tree papers. I thought I had a high score but looks like some of my grand dads had a few good years them selvs . I had to go 1000 mil West and start new ground!

Biggsy (author)Fred826642010-01-30

hehehe so REALLY  GI Joe never had a chance... You CRAZY Americans!

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