|My Quick Curl Collection: Barbie, Tuli-Chan, Skipper, Kelley,|
Chocho-Chan, Cara, Francie and Deluxe Quick Curl Barbie.
Other related items were the Quick Curl Barbie Boutique doll case in 1973, the Whitman Quick Curl Barbie, Francie, Kelley and Skipper paper dolls in a folder in 1974 and the Whitman Quick Curl Barbie boxed paper doll in 1976. The 1980s Golden Dream Barbie and Christie dolls, who also had the wired hair, and related items were sold beginning in 1981, but this column is not about them.
I'm not going to give much generic information about the dolls and their original outfits, because they've been written about elsewhere. But here are some details that I've found that you might not know:
|Only the 1972-1973 clothing booklet|
offered suggestions for hairstyles.
2. The second booklet is called The World of Barbie and includes all of the aforementioned items from 1973 and has the Barbie Vanity Case on the back. Quick Curl Miss America, new Hair Originals, the Friend Ship, the Goin' Campin' set, Country Living Home, Surprise House, the new Get Up N Go outfits, the 1973 Best Buys only, Sew Magic, Sew Magic Deluxe Set and Sew Magic Add-ons are pictured.
3. The first booklet shows stock numbers, the second has none listed at all. The first booklet was the only one that included photos of how to style Quick Curl hair. This booklet is much harder to find than the 1973 exclusive one, and that is probably why you seldom read about how to style the dolls' hair.
4. The hairstyles could be mounds of curls, the late 1960s flip, or the new style with feathers along the sides. It's best to style the hair with the included two-prong curler. It is much easier to use than regular or Barbie curlers, a pencil or your fingers!
|Quick Curl Kelley, Skipper and Barbie wait for Francie|
to come to the door to let them in the Mountain Ski Cabin.
6. To keep the arms from falling off of the Deluxe Quick Curl dolls, Mattel cleverly designed a solution. The dresses were designed to be off-the-shoulder, and the girls came with shawls wrapped around them. These aren't just supposed to be stylish, but also practical to hold the arms in place!
7. The felt decals on Tuli's and Chocho's gowns fall off after the glue dries out over the decades. They always need to be reattached. By the way, "Tuli" means "tulip" and "Chocho" means "butterfly" in Japanese.
8. I've wondered over the years if Chocho was the inspiration for Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia or if Francie was the inspiration for Roxann Dawson's B'elanna Torres.
*My comments about the various Quick Curl styling heads can be found here:
**The 1973 outfits with fur collars were: Barbie #8682 New Fashion Coat, Barbie #8687 Pantsuit with Fur, Francie Best Buy #8646 and Skipper #8613 Winter Day. The Mountain Ski Cabin case has an unusual message on front: "Recommended for children 4 to 10. Not recommended for children under 3 because of small parts." We've all seen the warning about "children under 3" but this is the only time I've ever read the sentence about ages 4 to 10. The picture isn't Barbie; it's a blonde Twist N Turn Francie wearing her #1769 Long on Leather, both from 1970.