The Takara Barbie doll was released in 1982, when Mattel teamed up with Takara Company to develop a fashion doll. At the time Barbie had been in the Japanese market for quite some time, but she wasn’t that popular with the girls there.
|Takara Barbie Kimono Collection
|Fruit Kiss Barbie
|The Fur Dress Collection
|Portion of the Pamphlet showing Ken and Barbie
Ranze is the brunette version of the Takara Barbie. She had long black straight hair with dark eyes. She came dressed in a lace and satin style dress which was available in several different colors.
Ranze was named after a popular character in the Japanese comic strip “Tokimeki Tonight”. Takara even pictured the comic character on their Takara Ranze box. She is a tremendously hard doll to find on the secondary market.
|Part of the 30 volume
Tokimeki Tonight Set
|One book from the Tokimeki
Tonight Comic Book Set
|Convention Doll (1985)
Notice the silver convention sticker
below her hand on the front of the box
|Takara Jenny's Hair
The early Takara Barbie, Ken, and Ranze dolls are highly sought after and can be very hard to find. They are just another fun doll to add to your Barbie collection.