Thursday, September 1, 2016

Barbie of the Month: Funtime Barbie and the Gang

 
Funtime Barbie, Ken, and Skipper are the three Funtime dolls that were sold in Europe and Canada in 1975 (boxes marked 1974). 


#7192 Funtime Barbie



The beautiful #7192 Funtime Barbie is made from the true Barbie head mold.  She has long blonde hair, bendable legs, and a twist ‘n turn waist.  Her hair is parted on the side with two pony tails.





#7194 Funtime Ken wears blue swim trunks, has dark brown molded hair, and bendable legs.
 

Funtime Ken



#7193 Skipper, Barbie’s little sister, has long blonde hair, heavy make-up, and wears a yellow two-piece swim suit. 






Interestingly, Barbie and Skipper were made in Korea, and Ken was made in Taiwan.
They are marked:
Barbie: © 1966 Mattel, Inc. U.S. Patented U.S. Pat. Pend. Made in Korea
Ken: ©1968/Mattel, Inc. U.S. & For. Pat'd./Other Pats./Pending/Taiwan
Skipper: 1967 Mattel Inc. U.S. Pat'd. U.S. Pats. Pend. Made in Korea



Barbie and Ken Box markings



There is one additional Funtime doll with a darker rose colored box, who's name doesn’t appear on the back of Barbie, Skipper, and Ken’s box simply because she was only released in 1976.  She is #7381 Funtime Skooter.  This cute redhead with a twist-n-turn waist and bendable legs wears a blue two-piece swim-suit.  She is the hardest of the four dolls to locate. 
 
Funtime Skooter


Skooter is marked: © 1967 Mattel, Inc. U.S. Pat'd. U.S. Pats. Pend. Made in Korea


1976 Skooter and 1975 Skipper


Sold alongside these dolls in 1975 were Funtime sets, advertised as “today’s teens in outdoor scenes”.  I have not been able to locate a picture or even a description of these outdoor sets at the time of this writing.  If you have anything to add, please let our readers know!

 


Barbie, Ken, and Skipper were only available for two short years and Skooter for one year.  Since you could only get them in Europe and Canada, they are always much more difficult to find on the secondary market. 

 
Happy Hunting!



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2 comments:

  1. Hello

    nice to see your blog an site about fashion dolls.
    Maybe of interest: there will be an exhibition about stories around fashions dolls in Bavaria in in a historical museum with toy museum (Museum Obere Saline in Bad Kissingen Germany) - opening day will be the 26th of october 2016 (till february 2017) And I did a Mail Art Call om this occasion too: http://mail-art-barbie.blogspot.de/
    Regards
    Roland Halbritter

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  2. WoW! What interesting facts. The redhead does not have the typical Skooter face, she looks more like the vintage Skipper. Would love to come across one.

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