Monday, December 1, 2014

Barbie of the Month: Barbie Mix 'n Match Gift Set

It’s December already, and this is the month I enjoy featuring one of Barbie’s fabulous gift sets.

In 1963, #861 Barbie Mix ‘n Match gift set was released, and retailed for $10.00.  Along with a beautiful Bubble Cut Barbie doll in her red one-piece swim-suit, the set included many of the early Pak items, which allowed Barbie to make twenty-six different outfits. 

Bubblecut Barbie

Pak items were first introduced in 1962 for Barbie and Ken.  They were intended to be more affordable clothing, which were usually single items such as a dress, sweater, or skirt.  Others were sets of several pairs of shoes, or a trio of purses.  These Pak items didn’t have all the additional accessories that were included in Barbie’s beautiful ensemble series. Pak items retailed for 80¢, $1.00, or $1.20, depending on which item was purchased. 
1962 Pak Items Introduced (Photographed from Mattel Catalog)

The Mix ‘n Match gift set contains mostly Pak items, but there are a few nice accessories from Barbie’s ensembles as well.  The set includes a pink gathered skirt, pink cardigan, pink square neck sweater, white clutch purse, white short gloves, pink open toe heels, white sunglasses with blue lenses, orange scoop neck playsuit, orange wide belt, orange open toe heels, blue panties, blue bra, orange slacks, orange cotton slim sheath skirt, white shorts, red and white tee shirt, black and white gathered skirt, white open toe heels, white telephone, pearl graduated necklace, pearl bracelet, and pearl post earrings. It came with the Barbie and Ken fashion booklet as well as Barbie's black wire stand.
The belt shown should be orange, not red.
Missing in picture: 1 pink open toe shoe
This set has also been seen without the pink gathered skirt, which was replaced with the orange gathered skirt.  With this variation, the orange sheath skirt, was replaced with the pink sheath skirt.  Also some sets have a black telephone rather than a white one.

The set has been found with this variation in skirt colors.

This set has the same name as the 1960 and 1962 Barbie Mix ‘n Match Gift Set, but with a different stock number.  The earlier sets were marked #857, and the contents were completely different from the 1963 set.  The 1960 and 1962 sets featured a ponytail Barbie, along with partial clothing items from several of the 900 series fashion ensembles.
All the Barbie gift sets are truly amazing, and maybe this year you’ll find a vintage gift set all wrapped up under your Christmas tree!  

Merry Christmas, and Happy Hunting!  

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!