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.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Cases 1970 to 1974

1970 World of Barbie trunk

I've assumed (although I may not be correct) that the year mentioned on the case is the year it was copyrighted and not the year it was sold.  Same as the packaging for Barbie dolls and outfits.

1970 (dated 1969) #5199
The World of Barbie Doll Trunk
Made by Mattel
Available in pink or yellow
  • 1967 white Twist N Turn Barbie (which was never sold) in #1869 Midi Magic from 1969
  • 1968 blonde Talking Stacey (which was never sold) in #1879 Let’s Have a Ball from 1969
  • 1969 brunette Twist N Turn Barbie in #1861 Make Mine Midi from 1969
My doll is the blonde 1967 Twist N Turn Barbie in Midi Magic.

The beautiful 1970 Skipper cases
1970 (dated 1969) #4966
Skipper Doll Case
Made by Mattel
Available in orange or white
  • 1968 Twist N Turn Skipper in #1731 Budding Beauty from 1970 (the orange version of Budding Beauty was never sold)

One's first inclination is to think the dress pictured is #3465 Sweet Orange, but that was not sold until 1971.

My doll is the 1968 blonde Twist N Turn Skipper in Budding Beauty.

1971 (dated 1970) #5036
Barbie 3 Doll Trunk
Made by Mattel
The three dolls pictured are either a 1968 white Talking Stacey or a 1970 white Talking Barbie (which was never sold).
  • #1792 Mood Matchers from 1970 with purple slacks (which was never sold)
  • #1462 yellow and blue Rare Pair from 1970 (which was never sold)
  • #1451 pink Tangerine Scene from 1970 (which was never sold)

My dolls are the 1968 white Twist N Turn Stacey in Mood Matchers and the 1968 white Talking Stacey in Rare Pair.

1973 (dated 1972)
The World of Barbie Lunchbox
Made by Mattel, with the drink container by Thermos

  • On the front is Talking Busy Ken from 1972 in his original outfit and 1972 Malibu Barbie in #3488 Overall Denim from 1972.  Also pictured is the 1971 Country Camper.
  • On the back is a Malibu Barbie in a pink version of her swimsuit (which was never sold).  Her correct swimsuit can be seen on the side.
My doll is the 1972 Malibu Barbie wearing Overall Denim in one photo and her original swimsuit in the other.

Front of the 1973 lunchbox
back of the 1973 lunchbox

1973 hard plastic trunk
1973 (dated 1972) #5037
Barbie Travel Trunk
Made by Mattel.  The trunk holds four dolls.
Dolls and outfits pictured are from 1972.

  • Top: Walk Lively Barbie in #3359 Pants Perfect Purple and Walk Lively Steffie in a non-print version of #3360 Pleasantly Peasanty (which was never sold)
  • Bottom:  Walk Lively Steffie in #3482 Purple Peasant and SunSet Malibu PJ in a red version of #3353 Sports Star (which was never sold)
My dolls are the 1972 SunSet Malibu PJ in Sports Star and 1972 Walk Lively Steffie in Pleasantly Peasanty.

interior of the 1973 trunk