Changes were made, improvements were made. Twice a week we compile our most fascinating features and deliver them straight to you. Soon, Lilli was on her way to Japan with a Mattel researcher who had been tasked with finding a manufacturer. But when Handler shared her idea with her husband, Elliot didn't get it. In one strip, Lilli is being pursued by two businessmen on the street. Barbie had a sister—Bild-Lilli, a buxom, flirtatious and racy doll marketed to men. The character was often portrayed in scanty clothing and gave snappy and seductive comebacks to slobbering men. So was Barbie really a Lilli knockoff? In , Lilli dolls made their way onto the shelves of tobacco shops and adult stores in the German-speaking world.