Why not create a womanly 3-D doll that could be styled and dressed up like a paper doll? But the lawsuit was unsuccessful, and Hausser sold the copyright and patents to Lilli to Mattel in for a small sum. An original Barbie on display next to a photo of creator Ruther Handler's family. The character was often portrayed in scanty clothing and gave snappy and seductive comebacks to slobbering men. When Barbie dolls were first introduced in , little girls snatched them up in droves. Rather, the doll was modeled after a popular comic character from the German-language tabloid Bild. They had no way of knowing that Barbie had an even more adult side: She was closely related to a sexy German novelty toy. Soon, Lilli was on her way to Japan with a Mattel researcher who had been tasked with finding a manufacturer. So was Barbie really a Lilli knockoff?
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