Barbie

1959 Barbie Repro - greymehiiiBarbara Millicent Roberts, known to fans everywhere as Barbie, been around since 1959 and celebrated her 50th birthday in 2009. I wasn’t a Barbie collector as a kid but my mother and her friends passed me down their Barbies from the early 60s; stuff like Barbie and her friends, lots of accessories and a huge camping van for outdoor adventures. Being the snot that I was, I gave the dolls haircuts, confiscated the shoes and took the camper apart. Oh that I’d have only known eBay back then…. Here we’re going to look specifically at the Barbie doll lines that came out in the 1980s, starting with a quick list of Barbie and her friends that preceded the 80s. A little history first though: Barbie premiered at the 1959 Toy Fair by Mattel. During the 60s and 70s Barbie’s styles reflected the contemporary attitudes of young women at the time. By the 80s Barbie’s look was international, rock, and high fashion. Mattel had lost a lot of money on their gaming ventures during the 80s and went through several reorganisations in management. Mattel was downsized and they switched their focus to two main toy lines- Barbie and Hot Wheels with Barbie soaring ahead in sales and pulling the company back into profit. Barbie became the toy world’s “Princess of Power.” Move over She-Ra. 1959-1980 Barbie and Friends Barbie Ken (Barbie’s boyfriend) Midge (Barbie’s Best Friend) Allan (Ken’s Buddy) Skipper (Barbie’s Little Sister) Ricky (Skipper’s Friend) Skooter (Skipper’s Friend) Francie (Barbie’s MODern Cousin) Tutti (Barbie and Skipper’s Tiny Sister) Todd (Barbie and Skipper’s Tiny Brother) Casey (Francie’s Fun Friend) Chris (Tutti’s Friend) Twiggy (Celebrity Doll) Stacey (Barbie’s British Friend) Christie (Barbie’s New Friend) Buffy and Mrs. Beasley (Celebrity Dolls) P.J. (Barbie’s Best Friend) Truly Scrumptious (Celebrity Doll) Julia (Celebrity Doll) Brad (Christy’s Boyfriend) Jamie Pretty Pairs: Angie ‘n Tangie, Nan ‘n Fran, Lori ‘n Rori Fluff (Skipper’s Playmate) Steffie (Barbie’s Friend) Miss America (Celebrity Doll) Tiff (Skipper’s Friend) Kelley (Barbie’s Friend) Babs Baby Sweets (Barbie’s babysitting baby) Carla (Tutti’s Friend) Curtis (Ken’s Friend) Cara (Barbie’s Friend) Ginger (Skipper’s Friend) Donny & Marie Osmond (Celebrity dolls) Jimmy Osmond (Celebrity doll) Kate Jackson (Celebrity doll) Cheryl Ladd (Celebrity doll) Kitty O’Neil (Celebrity doll) Eli (Korean / Japanese doll) Wonder Woman (Celebrity doll) Debby Boone (Celebrity doll) Kristy McNichol as Buddy (Celebrity doll) Moon Mystic (Celebrity doll) Sun Spell (Celebrity doll) 1980-1990 Beauty Secrets Barbie, Christie, Barbie Pretty Reflections Scott (Skipper’s Boyfriend) Hispanic Barbie Sport & Shave Ken Black Barbie Pink & Pretty Christie Ebony Christy Chantal Goya (French Chantal Celebrity doll) Malibu Barbie Beach Party Parisian Barbie (France) Royal Barbie (England) Scottish Barbie Italian Barbie Oriental Barbie Eskimo Barbie India Barbie Hawaiian Barbie, Ken Swedish Barbie Spanish Barbie Swiss Barbie Irish Barbie Japanese Barbie A Boneca Que E Uma Estrla Barbie Golden Dream Barbie ,Christie Western Barbie, Ken, Skipper Roller Skating Barbie, Ken Happy Birthday Barbie My First Barbie Superstar Barbie (Peru) Disco Barbie, Ken, Skipper Pink & Pretty Barbie, Christie Magic Curl Barbie All-Star Ken Fashion Jeans Barbie, Ken Sunsational Malibu Barbie, Ken, Skipper, P.J., Christie, Black Ken Dream Date P.J. Barbie and Friends set Angel Face Barbie Twirly Curls Barbie Twirly Curls Barbie gift set Barbie and Ken Camping Out set Horse Lovin’ Barbie, Ken, Skipper Tracy (Barbie’s friend) Todd (Ken’s friend) 99 the Great Gretzky (Celebrity doll) Crystal Barbie, Ken Loving You Barbie, gift set Sweet Roses P.J. Great Shape Barbie, Ken, Skipper Sun Gold Malibu Barbie, Ken, Skipper, P.J., Black Barbie, Black Ken, Hispanic Barbie, Hispanic Ken Ballerina Barbie Peaches n Cream Barbie Dreamtime Barbie Day-to-Night Barbie, Ken Hot Stuff Skipper The Heart Family (Barbie’s Friends) Dance Sensation Barbie American Doll Barbie (Japan-issue) Excelina Barbie (Japan-issue) Boy Friend Ken (Japan-issue) Dream Glow Barbie, Ken Gift Giving Barbie Astronaut Barbie Magic Moves Barbie The Heart Family New Arrival set Barbie and the Rockers Barbie, Dana, Dee Dee, Derek, Diva, Ken Tropical Barbie, Ken, Skipper, Miko, Black Barbie, Hispanic Barbie, Black Ken, Hispanic Ken Deluxe Tropical Barbie Celebration Barbie Fabulous Fur Barbie Blue Rhapsody Barbie Jewel Secrets Barbie, Ken, Whitney (Barbie’s friend), Skipper Funtime Barbie w/ watch Super Hair Barbie The Heart Family Kiss and Cuddle sets- Mom/ Daughter, Dad/ Son Pink Jubilee Barbie Feeling Groovy Barbie Perfume Pretty Barbie, Whitney Perfume Giving Ken Doctor Barbie, Ken Nurse Whitney Barbie Sensations Barbie, Becky, Belinda, Bopsy, Bobby California Dream Barbie, Ken, Midge, Christie, Teresa, Skipper Island Fun Barbie, Ken, Skipper, Miko, Christie, Teresa, Steven Teen Fun Skipper Teen Sweetheart Skipper Happy Holidays Barbie 1988 Mardi Gras Barbie Skating Star Barbie 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics Olympico Ken 1988 Winter Olympics Superstar Barbie, Ken Dance Club Barbie, Ken, Devon, Kayla Animal Lovin’ Barbie, Ken, Viky, Nikki Animal Lovin’ Barbie set w/ Ginger or Zizi Style Magic Barbie, Whitney, Christie, Skipper Cool Times Barbie, Ken, Midge, Christie, Teresa Beach Blast Barbie, Ken, Skipper, Christie, Steven, Miko, Teresa High School Jazzie (Cousin of Barbie), Dude, Chelsie, Stacie Teen Dance Jazzie Teen Looks Jazzie Homecoming Queen Skipper Teen Time Skipper, Courtney Garden Party Barbie Pink Jubilee 1959-1989 Barbie Golden Greetings Barbie Party Lace Barbie Pepsi Spirit Barbie, Skipper 10th Anniversary Barbie 1989 Mattel Spain American Beautties Army Barbie UNICEF Barbie Barbie All-Stars Barbie, Ken, Midge, Teresa, Christie BillyBoy’s Le Nouveau de la Mode Barbie BillyBoy’s Feeling Groovie Barbie Barbie and the Beat Barbie, Midge, Christie Dance Magic Barbie, Ken Flight Time Barbie, Ken Ice Capades Barbie, Ken Western Fun Barbie, Ken, Nia (Barbie’s friend) Wet ‘n Wild Barbie, Ken, Skipper, Teresa, Kira, Christie, Steven Cool Tops Skipper, Courtney, Kevin Sun Lovin’ Jazzie Children’s Palace exclusive Barbie (w/ Mickey Mouse outfit) Evening Elegance Barbie Magic Curl Barbie Party Sensation Barbie Friendship Barbie– Berlin Wall 1 & 2 versions Bob Mackie Barbie Barbie Sets Barbie Ferrari Barbie Dream House Barbie Pool Sources: Contemporary Barbie Dolls 1980 and Beyond 1998 Edition- Jane Sarasohn-Kahn Collector’s Encyclopedia of Barbie Doll Exclusives and More

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