Friday, October 14, 2016

Barbie of the Month: Talking Stacey

In 1968 Mattel released the stunning  #1125 Talking Stacey doll, who was Barbie’s friend from England.   She was available from 1968-1970.


 
 
Talking Stacey wore a long side pony-tail in a choice of hair colors;  blonde or red (copper penny as red is often referred to). She tied it with a pretty green ribbon.  Her legs were bendable, she had a twist n’ turn waist, blue eyes, and beautiful long eye-lashes.


The Mattel catalog referred to the hair colors
as Copper Brown and Summertime Blonde.

In 1968 through the first part of 1970 Stacey wore a two-piece striped swim suit.  By late 1970 it was changed to a one-piece style suit.   The one piece suit was never featured in the 1970 Mattel catalog.

The harder to find one-piece version
which was only available late in 1970


 
On the back of her neck was a pink pull talking ring which was used to make her speak.  With her British accent she could say:
 
Let's have Barbie over for tea.

I think miniskirts are smashing!

What's playing at the cinema? Shall we go?

 
Oh dear! What shall I wear to dinner?

 
Being a model is terribly exciting!
 
 

This picture is used in the
1968-1970 Mattel Catalogs


Stacey did not have her own line of clothing.  Since she was the same size as Barbie their clothes were interchangeable.  The only clothing that was made specifically for Stacey was the items included in these two gift sets:  #1545 Stripes are Happening  and #1591 Night Lightning.  Both sets included the Twist ‘n turn version of Stacey.
 
Each year a variation in the box she was packaged in appeared.  In 1969 she had a smaller box with a clear cover.  In 1969 her box was similar, but wider with additional information along the front side. In 1970 a new lighter colored box was introduced, with different graphics to match her new swim-suit.


(left to right) 1968 doll, 1969-70 Doll, and late 1970 Doll
 

Inside the box with Stacey was a clear “X” style stand and fashion booklet.
1968-1969 versions of Talking Stacey are marked:  Talking: ©1967/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign/Pats. Pend./Mexico.   The 1970 version is marked: 1967/Mattel, Inc./U.S. & Foreign /Pats. Pend./Hong Kong.

Stacey's Wrist Tag
 

Commercials back in the day are always great to watch, so I’ve included the Taking Barbie and Stacey commercial from 1968:
 
 
The beautiful Stacey head mold is one of the most popular, and has been used on many dolls in the Barbie family. The original is a must in any Barbie collection!
 

2 comments:

  1. For Christmas 1968 I received a white-haired Talking Stacey and my sister Barb received a dark blonde Talking Barbie. Stacey came with the green seat lid and Barbie came with the lavender/purple seat lid.
    Barb threw away her Talking Barbie replaced after the doll's legs fell off and she received a 1970 black-haired Living Barbie. I gave away my Stacey after I got the 1970 Twist N Turn PJ, who I thought was prettier.
    The other reason I disposed of Stacey was that I thought she was an elderly lady. I did not know of any woman personally or on TV at that time who had "platinum" hair, yet both of my grandmothers had white (not gray) hair.
    Ironically, my sister's Barbie's knit top and her lid still survive, as do my Stacey's swimsuit and her lid. As an adult collector, I now own both dolls myself.

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  2. That is so funny! Always interesting how little girls look at stuff. Thanks for your story!

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