Saturday, May 23, 2015

Houses et al 1965 to 1969

Note that the pictures on the walls of the Family House make the dolls
look like they are floating slightly above ground.

Skipper, Tutti, Todd and Ricky take refuge under the trees on a hot summer day.

The back of the closed-up Skipper Dream Room.

Todd and Ricky plan a game of table tennis on the patio of the Skipper Dream Room.
It got too hot outside to play, so Skipper, Ricky, Todd and Tutti
come inside the Skipper Dream Room to cool off.

The Barbie & Francie Dressing Room Case has the most colorful--and loudest--
graphics of all of the Barbie houses.

Inside the Dressing Room Case, Francie has removed her shoes
and changed her hair color.

Skipper's and Barbie's outfits match the interior of the Family House!

1965 (dated 1964) #4094
Skipper’s Dream Room
Made by Mattel
The exterior is yellow brick and wood paneling with bushes and trees.  The front has a functional window and the back shows patio furniture and a Ping-Pong table.  In the interior, I am including Suzy Goose #414 Skipper Vanity from 1966.

My dolls are the pink skin redhead Straight Leg Skipper in #1923 Can You Play?, pink skin Ricky in #1505 Skateboard Set blonde Tutti in #3602 Ship Shape and Todd in his original outfit, all from 1966.

1967 (dated 1965) #1024
Barbie & Francie Dressing Room Case
Made by Mattel
The exterior is pink and orange walls with overhead Tiffany lamps.  The interior is dark pink and lavender.

The dolls pictured on the five sides are:
1967 Bend Leg Francie in #1290 Denims On and holding #1289 Note the Coat, both from 1967 (which you can't see)
1965 blonde American Girl Barbie in #1692 Patio Party from 1967
1967 brunette Bend Leg Francie in #1288 In Print from 1967
1967 brunette Bend Leg Francie in #1277 Sunspots from 1967 
1965 titian American Girl Barbie in #1687 Caribbean Cruise from 1967

My doll is a 1966 brunette Bend Leg Francie in Sunspots.

1969 (dated 1968) #1066
Barbie Family House
Made by Mattel
The exterior is orange paneling with a black and white checked foundation.  The interior consists of four rooms: a yellow bedroom, a red paneled living room and a black-and-white combination foyer and dining room.  Note that Skipper and Barbie match the interior.  This was my sister Joan's house as a girl (as you can see by her numerous decals!), but I have permanently "borrowed" it. 

The dolls and fashions pictured on the exterior are:
1969 brunette Twist N Turn Francie in a pink version of Barbie's #1860 Smasheroo (which was never sold)
1969 Bend Leg Ken in an outfit that looks #1427 Mountain Holiday from 1966 (for the old skinnier Ken)
1967 white Twist N Turn Barbie (which was never sold) in #1859 Tunic N Tights
1968 white Twist N Turn Stacey in #1858 Fancy Dancy
1968 blonde Twist N Turn Skipper in #1961 Real Sporty

My dolls are a brunette 1967 Twist N Turn Barbie in Smasheroo and a blonde 1968 Twist N Turn Skipper in Real Sporty. This Skipper is my childhood doll, who I received for Christmas in 1968 (yes, I know she is not in mint condition).

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Houses et al 1962 to 1964

A tear-stained Barbie (actually, her face is shiny because of the oily vinyl)
is saying goodbye to Ken who is leaving for the Army.  This is the front of the 1963 Dream House.

As I did with the cases, I am showing you the exteriors of 
Ken leans in to kiss Barbie before he reports for duty.
This is the side of the Dream House.
the houses or playsets (if applicable).
Please note that when I saw "metal" or "wood" or "glass," that everything is just vinyl or plastic made to look these other materials.

1963 (dated 1962) #0816
Barbie Dream House
Made by Mattel
The exterior has aqua wood paneling, black doors and plate glass windows with beige curtains.  My house is in poor condition but the furniture is actually in good shape!
Also shown are the seat and rug for 1963 #1465 Suzy Goose Barbie Vanity.  I've discovered that the Suzy Goose chairs are better suited for bend leg dolls, as they sit too high for the straight leg.

My dolls are 1963 Fashion Queen Barbie (wearing #957 Knitting Pretty and a Pak Knit Dress) and a 1963 brunette Straight Leg Ken (in #797 Army).

Barbie is secretly relieved that Ken is gone.
Now she can wear something more comfortable,
take off her wig and go barefoot! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

next doll show

The next Queen City Beautiful Doll Club Show will be this Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. US Eastern time.  The show is the Sharonville Holiday Inn, 3855 Hauck Road, north of Cincinnati.  Admission is $4 for adults, with children 12 and under free.
I am not setting up a sale table this time; however, I will be working the admission door from noon-2.
Here is the flier about the sale.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cases from the 1990s

Baywatch was a popular line in 1995.

These are the last of my cases.  I stopped collecting new merchandise in 1999.  I figured I had 40 years worth of Barbie stuff and didn't need to continue into the 21st century.  (Although I am still buying merchandise from 1999 and before, and probably will be for the rest of my life.)

The case opens up to a mirror on the left
and shelving on the right.

1991 (dated 1990) #7237
Wedding Day Barbie Fashion Trunk
Made by Arco
For Wedding Day Midge and Barbie dolls

  • No doll is pictured, but raised "B"s dot the outside.

My doll is 1991 Wedding Day Midge in her original bridal gown.

The playset came with two outfits.

1993 (dated 1993) #XU922-0310A
Barbie & Friends Case
Made by Tara Toys
J.C. Penney exclusive.  It holds six dolls, three on each side, but no clothing.  The quilted double-sided case also came with six white stands which are very nice.  Unfortunately, the locks are badly designed and the doors do not stay closed.

  • 1992 Pretty Hearts/Friendship Barbie
  • 1992 Pet Pals Skipper in her original outfit
  • 1993 titian Paint N Dazzle Barbie in her original outfit (called Paint N Fun Midge in Europe)
  • 1992 Roller Blade Ken in his original outfit
My doll is Pet Pals Skipper.

The interior of one side of
the Barbie & Friends case.

The Glitter Hair Barbie case is hard to find.
1995 (dated 1994) (no stock number)
Barbie Doll Case
Made by Mattel
The picture isn’t screen-printed onto the vinyl.  It is a paper photo glued inside a frame of vinyl.

  • 1994 redhead Glitter Hair Barbie in her original outfit
  • 1994 blonde Glitter Hair Barbie in her original outfit
  • 1994 brunette Glitter Hair Barbie in her original outfit
My doll is the redhead Glitter Hair Barbie.

1996 (dated 1995) #05-004-0553
Baywatch Lifeguard Barbie Lunchbox (see photo at top)
Made by Thermos

  • 1995 Baywatch Ken
  • 1995 Baywatch Barbie

My dolls are the Baywatch Barbie and Baywatch Ken NRFB.  Also shown is the Baywatch Jeep.

Cases from the 1980s

Kissing Barbie case, the only horizontal single doll case
1980 (dated 1979) (no stock number)
Kissing Barbie Case
Made by Tara Toy Corp.  Note that the case is horizontal, not vertical
  • 1979 Kissing Barbie
  • 1978 SuperStar Ken
My dolls are the Kissing Barbie and SuperStar Ken in their original outfits.

Golden Dream Barbie trunk and Golden Dream case

1981 (dated 1980) #1002
Golden Dream Barbie Case
Made by Mattel
There were a number of Golden Dream Barbie cases.

  • 1981 Golden Dream Barbie in her original outfit

1981 (dated 1980) #1004
Golden Dream Barbie Fashion Doll Trunk
Made by Mattel

  • 1981 Golden Dream Barbie in #1958 Gold Spun
  • 1981 Golden Dream Barbie in her original outfit
My doll is the Golden Dream Barbie in her original overskirt and Fashion Collectible #3688 from 1982.

The case opens to reveal to sides with drawers and/or hooks
and clothing rods, plus a mirror in the middle.
1988 (dated 1987) #7222
Barbie and Skipper Closet Carrier
Made by Mattel
Blue lattice-work case.  For Teen Fun Skipper dolls
The case is cleverly designed but not very sturdy.  You can store and carry outfits in it but dolls make it too heavy to stay together.
As you are assembling the carrier, you will notice that it is easier to connect the lattice pieces with each other before putting on the tops and bottoms.  This is the opposite of what the instructions tell you to do.
One of its accessories is a pink container with a lid that the instructions call a storage box, but it sure looks like a clothes hamper!

My dolls are the 1988 Cheerleader Skipper in Teen Fun #5871 lingerie and the 1988 Island Fun Barbie in My First #4570 panties from 1988 and Fancy Frills #3181 pantyhose from 1987.

Cases 1975 to 1979

1978 and 1977 SuperStar cases
Just what IS Barbie wearing on the case?

1976 (dated 1975) #1004
Barbie Fashion Doll Case
Made by Mattel
  • Pictured is a 1975 Free Moving Barbie in a dress which is similar to following 1973 Best Buys:  #3205 Gingham & Lace, #3343 Raining Flowers, #8621, #8623 Nice Combination and #8684 Romantic Look/Barbie in Springtime.
My doll is the Free Moving Barbie in #8621, the only 1973 Best Buy for which I have never found a name.

1977 (dated 1976) #1002
SuperStar Barbie Fashion Doll Case (see photo at top)
Made by Mattel
  • SuperStar Barbie in her original outfit

1978 (dated 1977) #1002
SuperStar Barbie Fashion Doll Case
Made by Mattel
  • SuperStar Barbie in a white version of her original outfit (which was never sold)
My doll is the 1977 SuperStar Barbie. 

Donny and Marie case in pink
and not Donny's purple
1978 (dated 1977) #2331
Donny and Marie Osmond Double Doll Case
Made by Mattel.  Note that the screen print is again backwards.
  • 1977 Marie in a pink version of #9817 Deepest Purple (which was never sold)
  • 1977 Donny in a pink version of #9813 Deepest Purple (which was never sold)
My dolls are Marie and Donny in Deepest Purple.

There were many SuperStar cases.
1978 (dated 1977) #1004
SuperStar Barbie Fashion Doll Trunk
Made by Mattel
  • SuperStar Barbie in #9836 Spotlight on Romantic White from 1977
  • SuperStar Barbie in #9966 Lame’ and Voile from 1977
My doll is the SuperStar Barbie in Romantic White.

Clockwise from upper right:
Skipper and Skooter case,
Donny and Marie case,
Barbie & Stacey case
and pink 1969 case.

An additional photo shows some of the many variations of the insides of the double doll cases over the years.