Saturday, November 1, 2014

Doll of the Month: #7382 Barbie

The #7382 Barbie doll was released in 1976, and was only available in Canada and Europe.   


#7382 Barbie dressed in Shift into Knit (1969)

She had straight legs and was on a non-twist Korea made body with long-straight blonde hair. She was made from the Stacey head mold.  Barbie came dressed in a two-piece blue swim-suit, and was marked: “©1958 Mattel, Inc. U.S. Patented Us Patented Made in Korea”.

 
7283 Barbie (1976)

In 1977 everything was the same except her mark changed to read:  ©Mattel Inc 1958 Korea”.

7382 Barbie - 1976 (left) and 1977 (right)
 
In 1978, the #7382 Barbie with a new hot-pink one-piece swim-suit arrived.  Her face also had a bit of a change, as did her marking.  This year she was marked “©Mattel Inc 1958 Philippines”.  

 #7382 Barbie (1978)

The 1978 version’s packaging is marked Mattel, Inc. 1975. Hawthorne, CA 90250. Made in Philippines. Packaged printed in Hong Kong".  


Interestingly, the later vintage Barbie dolls that were produced from 1973 to 1978 were made in Korea.  In 1978 to 1988 they were made in the Philippines. This 1978 doll seems to be a bit of both!

The later #7382 Barbie's  have a different marking on their boxes which in part reads: “©Mattel, Inc. 1980, Made in Philippines”


1978 packaging (left) and 1980 packaging (right)

Sometimes determining which version you have can be a bit confusing, but it’s always fun to find these foreign dolls, and add them to your collection.  They are usually more difficult to come by, which makes their acquisition all the more satisfying!  
Happy Hunting!

9 comments:

  1. Hello from Spain: great review. These Barbies are difficult to get. Very vintage but she is very pretty. Keep in touch

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  2. I've just found your blog and I think it's really inspiring, it will be an honor for me if you can visit mine too, and if you want to follow, it will be a pleasure to follow you back! :) <3

    Never too old for dolls.

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  3. Hi! Also I'm from Spain. What a lovely blog!! I see there is a lot of information to get about Barbie which I didn't know. Pretty labour of information and investigation you do. I'll visit you again.

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  4. Hi, I found a doll with exactly the face of the #7382 Barbie (1978) described in this page, but it's written "1958 - Philippines" on the back. Is it possible that the head is original from 1958 or it must be a head from 1978 on a 1958 body?

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  5. Me again about the barbie #7382. It's the ad 162543700411 on my ebay account, if you wanna have a look and give an opinion. Put that number in the search area and click "search". You will find my ad instantly.

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    1. I looked at your doll and her eyes look slightly different to me. Dolls marked from the Philippines start at 1978. Here is the link to my website that may help you determine who you have. I can't be sure by your photos and it's always a possibility that a child switched the dolls head and body.

      http://myvintagebarbies.com/8587-7382-barbie.htm

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  6. The back of the doll really says " MATTEL INC 1958 - Philippine". It's possibly a counterfeit doll. The plastic seems cheap. But maybe it's a rare doll that was made as a demo in Philippines in 1958, and Mattel did'nt like it, so they did'nt order from Philippines at that time. It can be worth 5$ or 10 000$. How can I possibly find out? Was there really zero doll made in Philippines from 1958 to 1977?

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  7. Hi. I have a 7382 Philippines pink swim suit Barbie. She is in the box but the box is a bit damaged with the lip of the box missing. Barbie is in great condition inside though :). Could you give me an idea of what she is worth at all? (I'm UK), many thanks.

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    1. Probably the best idea would be to go to eBay, and look at the sold listings and find a doll like what you have.

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