Category: Playline Barbie

Francie, the cousin of Barbie

Today I’m going to present you Francie. She’s the first and only cousin of Barbie. She was released in 1965 and was produced for approx. 10 years. She disappeared around 1975. When she was available she was popular among young girls. At first she was only available as Straight Leg doll (without knee joints) but in 1967 a Bend Leg version was available too. Francie has a different body than Barbie and she is smaller. She was originally called Francine Fairchild but she was sold under the name of “Francie” and was thought to be a 14 year old.

The Francie dolls are popular among the collectors too. She was available in a wide variety of dolls like the two one I have in my collections. The “No Bangs” Francie is the most expensive doll. She has no bangs and giant hair do. I don’t have one yet in my collection but I really like her. She so late 1960s – stylish. Her wardrobe is very beautiful. Exiting outfits from the Mod-era (Mod-era 1966 – 1975) contribute to her popularity. The Growing Hair Francie was the only mechanism Francie doll.  I was glad to get one last week.

1970 Growing Hair Francie

1970 Growing Hair Francie

1967 Bend Leg Francie

1967 Bend Leg Francie

Do you know what characterizes a Ponytail No.1 Barbie doll?

Well, there are some characteristics that you should know to be sure to recognize a Ponytail No.1 Barbie doll. Do you want to know them?

Here they are…

Ponytail Nr.1 Barbie doll

 

Ski Fun Ken is here…

Last week I was able to complete my Ski Fun series after almost 25 years. I didn’t it in the long term. It just happened. So now I have the the Ken, Barbie ( from my childhood, her Ski is missing on the pic but I have it) and the Midge …. that I always wanted so badly but I never got her. Poor me… had to grew up before I was able to buy her. Anyway now I can play with Barbie, Ken, Midge, Snowball( the dog) , Blizzard ( the horse), the carriage (carriage + sleigh) and the Chocolate Shop.

 

How does a Barbie knee joint work?

For all who always wanted to know how a knee joint works but never damaged a Barbie doll to find it out, here is the result. (I already got the doll with the broken knee joint.) I haven’t  destroyed the doll myself.   I think the pics explain how the position is held and why we can bent the knee joint three times.

Finally complete

In the last weeks I had the chance to complete my  1977  Superstar Barbie doll. She came with her dress, earrings and her ring.  Back then when she was released with a dress, a boa, a pair of  pink Superstar shoes, earrings, a necklace and a ring.

Here are some pictures of the now completed outfit:

Lucky Lips … or the interesting change of the colour of Barbie lips from the Vintage era

When you consider Vintage Barbie dolls you might have noticed that some of these dolls have very pale lips, not the normal pink or red lips. Why are they so pale? Well, the paint faded. That means that the colour pigments of the original colour disappeared or bleached out. And it looks like this… there are so many shades but I have only three example that I can show you at the moment. I hope that this might help you because it’s really hard to find detailed information about this phenomenon and all the shades.

1rst Midge

Swirl Barbie

1rst Ponytail Swirl

 

When we consider that they came in the following make up schemes … then you maybe understand what I want to express.

Barbie early identification help

 

Eatin Fun Kelly/Fütter mich Shelly

I haven’t blogged about my Shelly/Kelly collection for several years. Today I’m going to change it. I really liked this little sister of Barbie from the beginning in 1994 or 1995 (she was not available in 1994 in Germany). She was so cute and I decided I had to have her. At the beginning there were only a few dolls. Back then I was not so much interested in playing with them but rather use them for a display. So I bought what I found. I think I was a little too old when this one was released but I found her later for only a few bucks. That’s the Eatin Fun Kelly. #kelly #shelly #barbieblog #barbietreasurechest #eatingfunkelly #barbielibrary

 

 

And the TV add looked like this…

What did Talking Barbie say in Japan?

Other collectors told me that she said the following sentences in Japanese:

“What shall I wear to the party?”
“Let’s go for a drive.”
“Today I have a piano lesson.”
“Thank you for the pretty flower(s).”
“Today was fun! See you again.”
“Let’s listen to music together.”

 

Twist n Turn Barbie

Finally I found my very first TNT Barbie.  I don’t know the exact hair color but it doesn’t matter so much to me. It’s just good to have one. I have been looking for one for several months or years… I have forgotten it. Anyway, here she is…

She’s the one from 1966 with the marking that you may have seen something like Pat. Pend. then (C) 1966.  She has real eye lashes but I have to replace them later since they are not perfect anymore. She’s the first one with bendable legs with joints and a hip joint.  She was produced in Japan ( typically for early TnT Barbie dolls). Later versions were produced in Taiwan and Korea. I did a short video to show her with all her beauty. Here’s the link to my Twist n Turn Barbie video.

Strange ideas from Mattel …. worth to collect

In march or april 2017 I bought a Growing up Skipper from another collector and decided to do a video of how the mechanism works. Her breasts can grow … so you have two dolls in one … a pre-teenage “normal” Skipper and a teenage Skipper when you move her arm. She’s from 1975 I think.   She looks like this … not very special

 

I have been interested in how it works for many years but I never found one. When I find her, I taped what you can see. Here’s my video.

And here’s the original commercial.

I was astonished that so many people were interested in her. I got over 11.000 clicks in the last months.

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