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Sunday, December 1, 2013
Barbie of the Month: Midge’s Ensemble Gift Set
It’s December and a perfect month to feature one of the
early gift sets; specifically Midge’s Ensemble Gift set stock #1012 from 1964.The box is marked 1963, but the set wasn’t
available until 1964.
#1012 Midge's Ensemble Gift Set
This colorful set is extremely hard to find intact with
the box liner, all the clothing, doll stand, and doll.There is also very little information on it in
the Barbie world!
#1012 Midge's Ensemble Gift Set Complete (missing wrist tag)
The gift set includes a #860 straight-leg Midge doll with
a flip hair-do and pink hang tag on her left arm.There was also a black wire doll stand,
clothing, and a fashion booklet in the box.I’ve seen her available in the set with brunette and titian hair.I’m sure she must have come with blonde too. What
is interesting to me about this set is the brunette and titan dolls both wore a
yellow swim suit with orange bottoms. Dolls
that were sold separately had a different color swim suit based on their hair color (blonde had a light
blue top with darker blue bottoms, brunette had a pink top with red bottoms,
and titian had a yellow top with orange bottoms).
The dolls in the set all wore a orange and yellow swim suit
The Dolls sold separately wore a different color
swim suit based on their hair color
This set came with a whole mix ‘n match knit wardrobe which
included both a stripe and a solid pattern.The striped colored clothing consisted of a long gathered sparkle knit skirt, a knit
sheath slim skirt with elastic waist and matching wide sash featuring orange fringe
on the ends, a straw hat with striped knit headband and attached
striped scarf. There was also a striped knit clutch purse with button clasp.
The solid colored clothing comprised of blue knit pants and a blue knit top. The
set also included royal blue open toe heels and white open toe heels.
The clothes that were included in the box set were also
sold separately in 1963 as Pak items, which are single items that were less
expensive to purchase.In 1964 a clothing
ensemble, #1602 Knit Separates, was available. It included four items (blue
knit skirt, striped top, gold pants, and blue shoes).That ensemble is also part of this gift set.
#1602 Knit Separates
My set originally sold for $6.99 at Meier and Frank (but
was marked down to $2.99).Today, if you
can even find it, you will certainly pay significantly more.I also love that old familiar slogan written
on the front of the box: “You Can Tell It’s Mattel…It’s Swell!” What a
nostalgic reminder of the early days of the Barbie doll!