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How to Fix the Leg on a Barbie Doll

Updated April 17, 2017

Barbie dolls have been one of the most popular toys for girls for over 50 years, and their status as such makes them a popular collectors' item as well. Whether from rough play or simply accidental damage, a missing or broken leg on a Barbie can take the joy from any little girl's (or girl at heart's) play time. Here is a simple way to fix the leg on a Barbie doll.

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  1. Boil a pot of water and pour the water into a shallow bowl or pan. Let it cool for 30-60 seconds.

  2. Submerge the torso of the Barbie near the leg socket in the water for a few minutes. This will soften the vinyl.

  3. Snap the leg into the socket in the torso. It should insert smoothly without cracking the plastic torso, but you must act quickly to prevent premature rehardening of the plastic.

  4. Set the doll somewhere out of reach until the plastic hardens again.

  5. Tip

    If the doll is a collectable or vintage, practice on another less valuable doll first.


    Be careful when handling the boiling water and hot doll parts. Proceed with caution to avoid further damage to the doll or injury to yourself.

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Things You'll Need

  • Boiling water
  • Shallow bowl or pan

About the Author

Joetta Charnell became a freelance writer in 2009. Now contributing to various websites, her previous work garnered several awards in writing competitions. Charnell earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in African-American studies and biology, both from the University of Virginia.

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