Sunday, September 27, 2015

Outside Malibu, 1980s

I know this photo is blurrier than the other one, but you can see more of the dolls' faces in this.

Roadside stands on Pacific Coast Highway, where the pink Dream 'Vette, the red Ferrari and the Tropical ATV cruise past the California Dream Surf N Shop, the Bubbling Spa and the Ice Cream Shoppe.  Animals welcome too!

If Barbie and her family and friends aren't in Willows, their favorite spot is, of course, Malibu.  All of the 1980s outdoor playsets seem to be meant for this famous beach community.
I'm separating my 80s playsets scenes in half, one set outdoors and the other indoors.  You will understand why after you've seen both sets of photos.

Willows in the 1960s

1969 Barbie Family House, 1965 Skipper Dream Room and 1963 Barbie Dream House
The houses in Willows feature a great variety of colors and trims.
"Grass needs cutting," Barbie thinks to herself.  "It's up to everyone's knees!"

The last segments of my attempts at photographing my houses will be to show what I own in street scenes.  Basically I am creating a pictorial history of Willows, Wisconsin.  Again I am breaking up the segments by decade.

When you were young and took your dolls outside, did you notice that sidewalks made perfect Barbie-size streets?  They were wide enough to hold cars going in both directions, and the sections on either side could be used as sidewalks.  I must thank my sister Joan for allowing me the use of her front lawn, which is almost flat and has both curved and straight sidewalks.

These pictures are of three ranch houses in Willows in the 1960s.  You've seen these houses and dolls before, just photographed individually indoors.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Oct. 4 doll show

I will be setting up a sale table at the Queen City Beautiful Doll Club Show on Oct. 4.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Boxes 1980s

No, Barbie doesn't actually play the keyboard
of her Electronic Piano!

I guess the word "toilet" was still taboo in Willows in the 1980s.

I like the outdoor Dream Furniture
more than the ones for inside the Dream House.

Please note: A pony is a breed of horse, not a colt.
The promotional materials from Mattel have that wrong!

I've met boys who won't play with my dolls but they want to play with this car!

Note that this is called Surf N Shop, not Surf Shop.

Skipper must get tired of seeing her sister on TV all the time.

From the 1980s, I have:

Electronic Piano (1983)
1982 Pink N Pretty Barbie in her original outfit is pictured on the box.

Dream House Commode and Towel Rack (1983)
Dream Date Barbie in 1982's Best Buy #3640 yellow bathrobe is pictured on the box.

Dream Furniture Patio Barbecue (1983)
1983 Dream Date Barbie in 1983 #5340 Summer Picnic is pictured on the box.

Dream House Patio Recliner (1983)
1983 Dream Date Barbie in 1982 Sunsational Malibu PJ's green swimsuit is pictured on the box.

Honey, Skipper's Show Pony (1983)
1983 Horse Lovin' Skipper in her original outfit is pictured on the box.

Barbie Ferrari (1987)
1987 Super Hair Barbie is shown on the box.

California Dream Barbie Surf N Shop (1988)
1988 California Dream Barbie is shown on the box in her original outfit.

Teen Time Skipper Sleep N Study (1989)
Teen Time Skipper and Courtney are shown in their original outfits on the box.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Boxes 1990s

I think the Cool Tops Skipper on the box is a prototype.
Skipper had a Vespa in 1990,
long before they became popular again.
I wish the actual pool was more sturdy,
the way it is shown on the box.
Unfortunately, neither the catamaran nor the jet ski stay afloat.
Oh, how I love the pool house!  Note the lake in the background.
Why does Mattel make horses with such ridiculously long manes?
The back of the My Sister Stacie Gift Set box.
It was a clever idea to make and sell an outfit and furniture together.
The back of the New Baby Sister Kelly box
I wish I knew what the audience was watching!  I think the audience consists of Midge, Ken, Skipper and Teresa.
If you put the Pizza Party dolls and playset together,
you end up with DOZENS of accessories!
The living room furniture is beautiful but it's too short!
1990s boxes

From the 1990s, I have:

Cool Tops Skipper T-Shirt Shop (1990)
Prototypes of Cool Tops Skipper and Courtney are shown on the box.

Skipper Motor Bike (1990)
1990 Cool Tops Skipper in her original outfit is shown on the box.

Wet N Wild Barbie Pool Set (1990)
Wet N Wild Ken, Wet N Wild Skipper and Wet N Wild Barbie in their original outfits are on the box.

Wet N Wild Barbie Surf Set (1990)
Wet N Wild Skipper and Wet N Wild Barbie in their original swimsuits are on the box.

Barbie Fully Furnished Pool House (1991)
1989 Beach Blast Skipper Skipper in 1990 #714-5 Barbie Club, 1989 Animal Lovin' Ken in 1989 Dream Date #719-4, and 1989 Cool Times Barbie in 1990 Yacht Club #8013 swimsuit.  Skipper's "hairband" is actually an inner tube from one of the Arco swim/pool sets!

Chelsie, Pretty Pony (1993)
1991 Hawaiian Fun Skipper (I think) in 1993 #2236 Find Out Who Won the Dance Contest is shown on the box.

My Sister Stacie Gift Set (1993)
1993 Party N Play Stacie models the outfit on the box.  Note the fenced-in yard overlooking the ocean.

Skipper School Days Playset (1993)
The Hawaiian Fun Skipper on the box wears the outfit prototype, pedal-pusher length white jeans, which were popular at the time.  The actual outfit has white knit stretch leggings.

New Baby Sister Kelly (1995)
The back of the box shows 1994 Camp Barbie in an outfit I can't identify and Kelly in her party dress.

Barbie Movie Theatre (1996)
1994 Camp Barbie, the doll in the concession stand, wears 1996 #14631 School Spirit with a replacement white turtleneck.

Pizza Party Skipper Pizza Shop (1996)
On the box are 1993 Party N Play Stacie in #10746 Swimsuit, Shorts and Top, Plus Beach Gear from 1994, 1993 Party N Play Todd in his original outfit, and 1995 Pizza Party Courtney, Skipper and Kevin their original outfits.  They're not uniforms, they're too revealing!

Barbie Folding Pretty Living Room (1997)
1996 Songbird Barbie in 1996 Fashion Avenue #14365 and 1996 Gymnast Stacie in 1995 #12613 Tea Set for Two are pictured on the box.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Boxes 1970s

It's not well-known that the rooms of the Lively Livin'/Live Action/Surprise House had names!
Barbie's feet reach the pedals of her Ten Speeder
only if she is almost standing.
For once, PJ gets more attention than Barbie!

This is the first version (1974) of the Pool Party box.
The second version (1975), a Sears exclusive, includes a mat.
Despite all the clashing colors, the 2-in-1 Bedroom is surprisingly attractive.
Play Paks were sold between 1979 and 1982.
Dolls are made of vinyl, accessories and playsets are plastic, clothing is fabric, and their containers in cardboard.  Only in toy collecting is the cardboard just as important as the vinyl.  All of that cardboard I've accumulated is in the basement, and I'm surprised it has not yet gone up in flames!
The following is a lot of trivia I've discovered regarding the Barbie houses and playset boxes.  Since I started collecting in the mid-1980s, most of my packaging is from after that, unless I was lucky to find an used item from before that in its box.

These are the boxes I have, and some details you might not know about them.

Live Action House (1971)
The dolls pictured are 1970 Living Skipper in her original swimsuit, 1969 Twist N Turn PJ in 1969 #1484 Mellow Yellow, 1970 Bend Leg Ken in his original outfit, 1970 blonde Living Barbie in her original swimsuit, 1970 Twist N Turn Stacey in 1970 #1465 Lemon Kick, 1969 brunette Twist N Turn Casey in her original swimsuit, 1969 Twist N Turn Christie in her original swimsuit and 1968 white Talking Stacie in 1969 #1806 Movie Groovie.
The rooms are called Friends N Family Room, Colorful Cookin' Kitchen and Beautiful Dreamer Bedroom.

Barbie's Pool Party (1974)
SunSet Malibu Ken, SunSet Malibu Barbie and SunSet Malibu Francie are shown in their original swimsuits.

Olympic Gymnast Set (1975)
1975 Gold Medal PJ in her original outfit, not Barbie, is the lead doll pictured on the box.

Growing Up Skipper's 2-in-1 Bedroom (1976)
1976 Growing Up Ginger and 1975 Growing Up Skipper are shown in their original outfits.

Campin' Out (1979)
A 1977 SuperStar Barbie wears 1979 Best Buy #2220 on the box.