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!  

1 comment:

  1. Hello from Spain: fabulous outfits. Great match gift. Keep in touch


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