Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 Barbie Tree

Christmas wouldn't be the same if I didn't put up my little Barbie tree.  

My Little Barbie Tree

My tree is full of replica's of my favorite vintage dolls, their cases, and many other darling Barbie items.  

Number 1 Barbie dressed in Gay Parisienne
which is one of my very favorites!

The cases are so cute.

Midge dressed in Suburban Shopper
and barbie dressed in Silken Flame and Red Flare.

Barbie is all about her accessories.

Another favorite is my tree topper
 with Barbie and Ken dressed in Wedding Day and Tuxedo.

Do you have a Barbie tree? I'm sure everyone would love to see pictures and hear your story.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Barbie of the Month: Reissue Skipper

Reissue Skipper
In 1969 Mattel added a last minute update flyer to their spring catalog. One of the six items featured was Barbie’s little sister, the #950 straight-leg Skipper doll.  She was packaged wearing the same swim-suit as she wore back in 1964, when she originally debuted.  She was available through 1970, when she was only included in the 1970 Sears catalog, priced at $1.97.

Photo from the 1970 Sears Catalog

This young girl wasn’t exactly identical though.  Even though she had the same swim-suit and hair style as the 1964 version, she had a pinker skin tone and a modified box. 

#950 Reissue Skipper in the updated box

Just glancing at the box you’d almost think it was identical, but if you take a closer look you will see that the new box features Mod Barbie dolls dressed in 1969 and 1970 Mod clothing, rather than early dolls dressed in early 1960’s clothing.

1964 and 1969 boxes

Reissue Skipper has blue eyes and pink, peach, or yellow lips, and was available with blonde, brunette, or titan hair colors.

1964 and 1969 boxes
1964 and 1969 boxes
1964 and 1969 boxes
She is marked: ©1963/Mattel, Inc.

The similar box included skipper in her one-piece red and white swim-suit, red flat shoes, brass headband, white plastic brush & comb, black or gold wire stand, and booklet.  Note:  the brass headband often tarnishes and caused some green to transfer onto Skippers head and hair when left on her head.

Since Skipper was only available from 1969 to 1970 and was only featured twice, (once on a flyer and once in the Sears catalog), she is extremely rare to find in-box.   She is certainly a very popular doll among collectors.

Happy Hunting!