New Books Celebrate Barbie’s 65th Birthday


Barbie, the iconic fashion doll, is turning 65 years old this year! To commemorate this milestone, two new books have recently been released that delve into the world of pink and provide some fascinating insights into her history, influence, and collector appeal.

Barbie: Her Inspiration, History, and Legacy

The first book, titled “Barbie: Her Inspiration, History, and Legacy,” offers a comprehensive overview of the life and legacy of our favorite doll. From her humble beginnings as a Mattel toy in 1959 to her diverse range of career aspirations and evolving fashion sense, this book explores the profound impact she has had on popular culture and society. Even the movie from 2023 is mentioned in the book and got its own chapter. My experience with the movie can be read here Barbie – the movie and tickets for a pre-premiere and here Barbie: A Journey From Perfect World to Real Emotions.

Having not read it yet it seems that this book is an updated version of the Barbie Forever – Her inspiration, history and legacy. So if you have the Forever version I’m not sure if this book is really interesting for you but I will check and read and let you know.

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Barbie Forever by Robin Gerber from 2019

The History Of Barbie Doll Collecting And Other Barbie Intrigue

The second book, “The History Of Barbie Doll Collecting And Other Barbie Intrigue,” dives into the world of Barbie collectibles. From rare vintage dolls to limited editions and designer collaborations, this book provides a fascinating glimpse into the fascinating world of fashion doll collectors. It also delves into the various controversies and controversies surrounding this cult doll, including body image and feminism. For a better overview you can see my latest video where I tell you more about my thoughts about this book.

The Evolution of Barbie

Both books shed light on the evolution of our she-ro, from her early days as a stylish teenage doll to the diverse range of characters she has become today. From princesses to veterinarians, our favorite doll has captivated the imaginations of children and adult collectors alike.

Impact on Society

Beyond her fashion sense and collector appeal, she has also had a significant impact on society. Both books explore her role in promoting diversity and inclusivity, as well as her influence on girls’ self-esteem and aspirations.

Doll Couture: Creating Custom Clothes Featuring the Story of Lola

Recently, a new book was released that, while not directly about the iconic fashion doll with six letters, focuses on the design of vintage fashion doll clothes for 11 1/2 inch dolls. This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in sewing and creating their own doll clothes. It fits thematically with fashion doll enthusiasts and is a fantastic addition to your collection if you love crafting and learning new techniques for doll clothing design. Don’t miss out on this excellent guide to vintage doll fashion! If you want to see a short review, you are welcome to check out this video

The History of Barbie Doll Collecting and other Barbie Intrigue

A third book, maybe not in the most conventional style written was published by Bob Young several months ago. This book is very interesting since you learn a lot about the women who started the whole hobby of Barbie collecting. It’s a very thick book with a lot of photos. I’ve started to read the book but I have not completely finished it yet. It’s a very thick book and my goal is to read at least 3 pages every day.

What I liked about this book is that you got an insight about the many names of the women who started the magazines, the early newsletters and Barbie conventions in the USA. For me as a European it’s very expensive to fly and take part in any convention overseas but the book gives you the chance to get to know the important people. One thing I can say even if I have not finished it yet, it’s very entertaining and I have to read only 250 pages from 350 pages to finish it but really appreciate it.

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The History of Barbie Doll Collecting by Bob Young


As our favorite doll celebrates her 65th birthday this year, these two new books offer a fascinating glimpse into the history, influence, and collector appeal of the iconic fashion doll. Whether you’re a lifelong fan or simply curious about the cultural phenomenon that this doll is , these books provide an entertaining and informative read.

Discovering Unknown and Undocumented Barbies from South America and India: A Hidden Treasure for Collectors

Undocumented Barbie dolls are a global phenomenon, beloved by millions, but some of the most fascinating and rarest models come from unexpected places. Specifically, South America and India have produced unique Barbie dolls that remain largely unknown to collectors in other parts of the world like Europe. In this blog post, we’ll explore these hidden gems and delve into the captivating world of Barbies from these regions, focusing on those produced under license during the late 20th and 21rst century.

Unknown and undocumented South American Barbies: A Tapestry of Cultures and Traditions

South America is a continent rich in cultural diversity and history, which is reflected in the Barbie dolls produced there. Countries like Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela have their own versions of Barbie, often showcasing local trends and fashion. Here’s one of the starting point for undocumented Barbie.

  1. Brazilian Barbies: Mattel has released exclusive models in Brazil that have a unique charm. These dolls are often dressed in latest-fashion costumes and feature characteristics reflecting the diverse Brazilian population. Notable examples include Brazilian Rockers Barbies, which capture the vibrant and festive spirit of Brazil or the other fascinating Barbie dolls from Brazil like you can see them here
  2. Argentinian Barbies: In Argentina, Barbie dolls were produced under license until the 1990s. These dolls were often aligned with the latest fashion trends rather than traditional attire. They are highly sought after by collectors due to their unique place in Barbie history and their fashionable designs that capture the essence of that era but there’s only little known about these dolls outside the American continent.
  3. Venezuelan Barbies: In Venezuela, the company Rotoplast produced Barbies that have become rare collectibles. These dolls often incorporated local cultural elements, making them distinctive from those available elsewhere. Their designs reflect the vibrant culture and unique fashion sensibilities of Venezuela during their production period.
  4. Chilean Barbies: Recently I got a comment on youtube video from a viewer who told that he remembers that Plasticos Gloria made Barbie dolls under license in Chile. I found this flickr photo
  5. Colombian Barbies: While Colombia had a brief stint in the 1990s with a licensed company named Dibon producing Barbies, these dolls are now super rare and highly coveted by collectors for their short production period. They are the hardest to find dolls from South America. In my collecting time I only found one other collector who was able to tell me a little bit about the production in Colombia.

Undocumented Indian Barbies: A Blend of Exotica and Tradition

India is another country that has created a unique range of documented and undocumented Barbie dolls, often adorned in traditional Indian attire and reflecting the country’s rich cultural diversity.

  1. Traditional dressed Indian Barbies: These dolls are typically dressed in saris or other traditional garments and are accessorized with intricate jewelry. They exemplify the craftsmanship and attention to detail found in Indian fashion. These Barbies are not only beautiful but also educational, providing a glimpse into India’s varied sartorial traditions. I’m not sure if they were popular in India itself but in Europe they are appreciated due to their exotic touch. The “Dolls of the World” line never managed to get as many details from traditional clothes like you find them in Indian dolls but they were not the only Barbie dolls available.
  2. LEO India Playline Barbies: During their production in India, LEO Mattel created a variety of Barbies that incorporated modern and traditional elements. These dolls are known for their vibrant attire and cultural representation, some of them were the counterparts to the regular playline pink box Barbie dolls for little girls but with their very own Indian touch. When asking one of my former colleagues she told me that Barbie was not super popular there and she destroyed one of her dolls. In India Barbie dolls were not available before the 1990s so she was quite new back then on the market.

The Unique Appeal of undocumented South American and Indian Barbies

What makes these undocumented Barbies particularly fascinating is their embodiment of regional cultures and traditions. Unlike the more universally themed Barbies available worldwide, these undocumented Barbie dolls offer a deeper connection to specific cultural narratives.

  1. Cultural Representation: South American and Indian Barbies are crafted to represent their respective cultures accurately. This includes not just clothing, but also hairstyles, accessories, and even skin tones and make up reflecting the diversity within these regions.
  2. Collectibility: Many of these dolls were produced in limited quantity but this was rather because of the limited market they were made for. Not all collectors find them interesting and many dolls landed in the trash bin after their owners became to old. So the number of dolls you find on the market is limited. The quality may differ from what you know but some sellers think they have real treasures that will sell for thousands of dollars. The demand for these dolls varies.
  3. Artistry and Craftsmanship: The detailed artistry that goes into these dolls is remarkable. From hand-painted features to meticulously designed outfits, these Barbies are a testament to the craftsmanship of their creators.

Stories Behind the Dolls

Each undocumented Barbie from South America and India has a story to tell, often reflecting the social and cultural narratives of their countries.These dolls carry with them not just the legacy of their production but also the personal histories of their previous owners. As a collector, I am deeply interested in uncovering and documenting these stories and want to find other collectors from these countries to exchange. The journey of each doll, from its creation to its current state, can reveal fascinating insights into the lives of those who cherished them.

By sharing these narratives, we can preserve a rich tapestry of memories and cultural heritage that extends beyond the dolls themselves and help to get the undocumented Barbie dolls documented. This is no easy task but it’s surely worth the effort and a possibility to meet new Barbie friends.

The Fascination of Collecting Unknown and Undocumented Barbies

The world of Barbie dolls is far more extensive and diverse than many realize. The unknown and undocumented Barbies from South America and India are a fascinating part of this world, offering collectors the chance to expand their collections with unique and culturally rich models but also a chance to find new collector friends. These dolls are not just toys; they are a celebration of the cultural diversity and artistic heritage of their countries of origin. When you get them you want to make the unknown and undocumented Barbie to find her name again but I think that’s understandable in the way that you collect.

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Undocumented Barbie from Argentina

From the colorful Brazilian Barbies to the traditional and intricately dressed Indian Barbies, these dolls provide a window into the cultures they represent. They stand as a testament to the global influence of Barbie and the ways in which this iconic doll has been adapted to reflect different societies and traditions.

Whether you are a seasoned collector or new to the world of Barbies, discovering these rare and unique dolls can be an exciting journey. Each doll tells a story, offering a glimpse into the customs, attire, and artistry of the region it hails from. As you explore these hidden treasures, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the rich tapestry of cultures that make up the world of Barbie.


The world of Barbie dolls is rich with cultural diversity, especially when exploring the less-known and undocumented editions from South America and India. These dolls are not just collectibles but pieces of art that encapsulate the traditions, stories, and beauty of their respective cultures. By discovering these hidden gems, collectors can not only expand their collections but also deepen their appreciation for the global impact of Barbie. India and South America are not the only countries in which undocumented Barbie dolls were available. We also find them in Mexico, Spain and France.

The list is probably longer but we don’t know all countries now. Many years I wrote a blog post about the countries in which Barbies was/is available but I have my doubts that this a full result of what’s true and correct.

So, let yourself be enchanted by the beauty and uniqueness of undocumented South American and Indian Barbies. These undocumented dolls are more than just collectibles; they are pieces of art that celebrate the diversity and creativity of our world. Dive into this captivating world and uncover the hidden treasures that await! Join me on this journey. If you know anyone who could help, let me know since this is a community project. I’m not the only Barbie collector on this planet.

Unpacking the Impact of “Black Barbie” on Netflix: A European Perspective

Netflix has once again delivered a gem with the documentary “Black Barbie,” a film that dives deep into the history and cultural significance of the Black Barbie doll. As someone who grew up in Europe with a limited view of Barbie dolls, this documentary was both an eye-opener and a poignant reminder of the diversity we often missed out on.

A Well-Made Documentary That Hits Home

From the very beginning, “Black Barbie” is captivating. The documentary is meticulously crafted, with a narrative that is both engaging and educational. It brings to light the important contributions of Kitty Black Perkins, the designer behind the original Black Barbie. Perkins, who I’ve read about but never seen before, is a central figure in the documentary. Her insights and experiences add a personal touch to the story, making it even more compelling. Below you can see what I have from the Shani Asha line.

Kitty Black Perkins: The Designer Who Made History

Kitty Black Perkins’ journey is nothing short of inspiring. As a trailblazing designer at Mattel, she played a pivotal role in creating the first Black Barbie. The documentary does an excellent job of highlighting her career, her challenges, and her triumphs. Seeing her speak about her work and the impact she hoped to achieve was a highlight for me. It’s one thing to read about such an influential figure, but seeing her and hearing her story firsthand added a new level of appreciation for her contributions.

The Birth of Black Barbie: A Riveting Tale

The story of how Black Barbie came to be is as fascinating as it is important. The documentary delves into the socio-political climate of the time and the pressure on Mattel to diversify its product line. The arrival of Black Barbie wasn’t just a business decision; it was a cultural milestone. For many, this doll represented a significant step towards inclusivity and representation in the toy industry.

A European Childhood with Limited Diversity

Growing up in Europe, my experience with Barbie dolls was quite different. The shelves were predominantly filled with fair-skinned, blonde Barbies. The diversity we now see in the Barbie lineup was largely absent. I remember seeing the occasional Benetton Christie doll, but Black dolls were a rarity. The documentary made me reflect on my childhood and the limited options we had. In the mid 1990s however one Shani was available in Europe. She was back then not super interesting to me because I already had one Barbie with the Paint n Dazzle feature but you can see from the box that she was made for the European market with a multi-lingual box.

The Appeal of Shani: A Missed Opportunity in Europe

One of the standout dolls mentioned in the documentary is Shani. I couldn’t help but think how well Shani would have been received in Europe. She would have brought much-needed diversity to our toy stores. As children, we would have found Shani fascinating and appealing. Her absence in European markets felt like a missed opportunity for greater representation and inclusivity.

The Desire for More Variety

The documentary also made me ponder the limited selection we often encountered. In Europe, it felt like we only got a subset of the full Barbie range available in the US. More variety would have certainly been welcomed. While blonde Barbies were a staple and had their charm, it’s important to recognize that not everyone in Europe is blonde. The range of hair colors and styles available to us was quite limited. Having more options would have allowed for better representation and a richer play experience.

Representation Matters

“Black Barbie” reinforces the importance of representation in toys. Dolls like Black Barbie and Shani offer children the opportunity to see themselves reflected in their toys, which is crucial for developing a positive self-image. They also teach children about diversity and inclusivity from a young age. This is something that, looking back, was sorely lacking in my own childhood toy collection. Seen from my childhood perspective I’m not sure if anything was lacking because I didn’t know any other reality or any other dolls. The information and pics we had back then were limited. The internet later made it easier to learn about Barbie and her distribution worldwide.

Conclusion: A Call for Continued Progress

“Black Barbie” on Netflix is a must-watch documentary that sheds light on an important chapter in toy history. It celebrates the achievements of Kitty Black Perkins and the significance of Black Barbie in promoting diversity and inclusion. As someone who grew up with a limited view of Barbie dolls, this documentary resonated deeply with me.

The story of Black Barbie is a reminder of the progress that has been made and the work that still needs to be done. It’s a call for continued efforts to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, have access to toys that represent them. Diversity in toys is not just a trend; it’s a necessity for fostering a more inclusive and accepting world.

In Europe, where we often had a limited selection of Barbie dolls, the introduction of more diverse dolls like Black Barbie and Shani would have made a significant difference. They would have enriched our play experiences and broadened our perspectives from a young age. As we move forward, let’s hope that the toy industry continues to embrace diversity and offers children everywhere the chance to see themselves in their toys.

Non-Existant Customer Service at Moda Fabrics for 2 meteres of fabric

Moda Fabrics is a well-known brand in the quilting and sewing industry known for its high-quality fabrics and beautiful designs. However, when it comes to customer service, there is a severe lack of support for the customers looking to purchase fabrics from them.

One of the main reasons why it is difficult to buy a fabric from Moda Fabrics is their outdated database on their website. The database lists dealers in Europe, but many of them no longer exist or are no longer selling Moda Fabrics. This makes it difficult to find a reliable dealer who actually has the fabrics in stock.

Searching for a European dealer on the website can be frustrating, as there are many entries that are no longer valid. This can lead to a lot of wasted time and disappointment for customers who are eager to purchase their desired fabric.

Asking Moda directly as a last try to get the fabric

When faced with a dead-end in their search for European dealers, some customers have resorted to contacting Moda Fabrics directly as a last attempt. However, this has proven to be a challenge as well.

The database on the website may provide contact information for dealers, but it is often outdated or inaccurate. This leads to long phone queues and unanswered emails, as customers try to reach out to Moda Fabrics for assistance with finding a dealer.

The lack of reliable customer service from Moda Fabrics makes it even more frustrating for customers who are genuinely interested in purchasing their products. It leaves them with the impression that Moda Fabrics does not prioritize the needs of their customers and is not interested in helping them find fabrics. In case you are interested here are all fabrics from the line

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Flower Power Collection by Maureen McCormick 2023 by Moda fabrics

Last chance to buy Moda fabrics overseas

If customers are unable to locate a dealer within their region, they may have to consider purchasing their desired fabric from overseas. However, this option is not always ideal and comes with its own set of challenges.

Firstly, there is the added cost of international shipping. Shipping fabrics from another country can be expensive, especially if there is limited availability or limited quantities available. This can add a significant expense to an already costly purchase.

Furthermore, customers may have to deal with twice the VAT if they purchase from an overseas dealer. This is because customs authorities may charge import duties and taxes when fabrics are brought into the country. This can significantly increase the overall cost of the purchase and make it less appealing for customers.

In conclusion, the non-existent customer service at Moda Fabrics poses a significant challenge for customers looking to purchase their fabrics. The outdated database on their website makes it difficult for customers to locate dealers, and the lack of support from Moda Fabrics themselves adds to the frustration. If customers are unable to locate their desired fabric within Europe, they are left with the option of buying it from overseas, which can be costly and inconvenient. Moda Fabrics needs to address their customer service issues in order to provide a seamless shopping experience for their customers.

My personal story why I wanted to buy some Moda fabrics

You know I love to sew for Barbie and all her family member. I always search for fabric that fits from the pattern for Barbie. It’s not always easy to find enticing fabric for me. The patterns are often too large or too childish for my sewing projects. That’s why I often search at Etsy or other global stores to get an idea what’s on the market. The last local store for fabric purchase is not equipped well and they don’t order if you search for a special fabric they don’t have in store.

In my case it was two fabrics I liked from the “Flower Power” fabric collection from 2023. I’ve hardly ever experienced such a bad customer service and believe me the customer service in Germany is already non-existent.

Solutions to the Moda fabrics problems

Several weeks have elapsed since I began addressing the issue with Moda fabrics. After thorough research, I’ve discovered a cost-effective alternative solution that won’t break the bank at a minimum of €100 for two meters of fabric. While awaiting feedback on this idea, I promise to keep you informed about the progress of my solution. Given these developments, it appears that Francie & Barbie will soon be adorned in delightful new attire, thanks to the promising prospects on the horizon.

My version of the Moda fabric
My version of the Moda fabric

1967 Bend Leg Francie: A Fashion Revolution with British Flair


Step into the enchanting world of 1967 with the Bend Leg Francie, a groundbreaking addition to the iconic Francie doll line. This year marked a pivotal moment in doll history, introducing innovative features that set the Bend Leg Francie apart from her predecessors. In this exploration, we’ll uncover the exciting changes introduced in 1967, from articulated knees and a swiveling hip to the addition of real eyelashes. We’ll also delve into the influence of the British fashion scene, particularly the style of the legendary Twiggy, which served as inspiration for the chic outfits that adorned the Bend Leg Francie.

Revolutionary Upgrades for Bend Leg Francie :

In the historic year of 1967, the iconic Francie doll line underwent a truly noteworthy metamorphosis, marked by the groundbreaking introduction of articulated knees and a swiveling hip in the form of the revolutionary Bend Leg Francie. This innovative enhancement not only elevated the doll’s poseability but also served as a tangible reflection of the dynamic shifts in fashion trends during that era.

Enthusiastic Francie aficionados warmly embraced these transformative changes, celebrating the newfound ability to create more lifelike poses and showcase the dolls with enhanced versatility, further solidifying the dolls’ status as timeless symbols of style and sophistication. Explore the captivating evolution of the Bend Leg Francie and witness firsthand the seamless fusion of fashion and playability that captivated collectors and enthusiasts alike during this era of doll design.

Captivating Realism: Eyelashes for Francie

A pivotal and remarkable upgrade graced the 1967 Bend Leg Francie, as it welcomed the addition of authentic, real eyelashes—an exquisite enhancement that elevated the doll’s overall realism and charm. This meticulous attention to detail went beyond the conventional, bringing an extra touch of authenticity to Francie’s expressive eyes. The inclusion of these lifelike eyelashes was nothing short of a game-changer, captivating the hearts of collectors and enthusiasts with its unparalleled attention to realism.

The expressive gaze of the Bend Leg Francie became a captivating focal point, transforming this doll into more than just a plaything—it emerged as a true miniature fashion icon. The allure of the ’60s was effortlessly mirrored in the doll’s gaze, capturing the essence of the era’s style and sophistication.

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Bend leg Francie hip

Collectors and enthusiasts found themselves enthralled by this seamless integration of lifelike features, turning the Bend Leg Francie into a must-have for those seeking not just a doll, but a timeless representation of the iconic fashion trends that defined an era. Explore the enchanting world of the 1967 Bend Leg Francie and witness the convergence of authenticity and fashion that continues to resonate with aficionados, preserving its status as a cherished and unparalleled collector’s item.

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Francie eye lashes

British Fashion Influences:

The swinging ’60s were a time of bold fashion choices and cultural shifts, and the Bend Leg Francie encapsulated this spirit by drawing inspiration from the British fashion scene. The iconic model Twiggy, with her pixie haircut and avant-garde style, served as a muse for the chic outfits that adorned the Bend Leg Francie. From vibrant colors to geometric patterns, Francie’s wardrobe echoed the mod aesthetic that was making waves in London and beyond.

A Nod to Twiggy’s Style:

The unmistakable influence of Twiggy on Francie’s fashion is a testament to the doll’s embodiment of youthful, daring, and effortlessly cool vibes reminiscent of the iconic British model’s signature style. Francie’s ensembles, ranging from chic mini skirts to daring bold prints, authentically captured the playful and experimental essence of Twiggy’s own wardrobe. This symbiotic relationship between Francie’s fashion and Twiggy’s style ensured that each Bend Leg Francie doll emerged as a true miniature trendsetter, perfectly encapsulating the dynamic and trendsetting spirit of the era. Explore the fascinating convergence of fashion and doll design as Francie channels the iconic Twiggy vibes, inviting enthusiasts and collectors to embrace the quintessential ’60s chic through the lens of this fashion-forward doll.

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Francie doll


The 1967 Bend Leg Francie stands as a testament to the evolution of fashion dolls during a transformative era. With articulated joints, real eyelashes, and a nod to the British mod style epitomized by Twiggy, this Francie doll captured the essence of the swinging ’60s. As collectors continue to appreciate these vintage treasures, the Bend Leg Francie remains a symbol of innovation, style, and the ever-changing landscape of fashion in the iconic 1960s. An overview over her fashions can be found here

The Timeless Elegance of Francie with Straight Legs: A Journey into the Origins of Doll History


Welcome to our blog, dear doll enthusiasts! Today, we embark on a nostalgic journey into the origins of the doll world to explore the fascinating story of Francie with Straight Legs – the first of her kind that hit the market in 1965. As Barbie’s cousin, this doll not only holds a firm place in the history of toys but continues to captivate collectors’ hearts worldwide. Not only described as cute but also a “groovy” for the 1960s and also focued on the latest fashion from Great Britain. She was placed differently in the market like her almost grown up cousin Barbie.

Something personal about Francie

Although Francie wasn’t a doll I grew up with, she found her way into my collection unexpectedly, around ten years after I had first started collecting. It was a chance encounter at a flea market that introduced me to her charm. This experience taught me a valuable lesson – that it’s okay to evolve in our collecting habits over time. Sometimes, the most delightful finds come from being open to new dolls and exploring ones we may not have encountered before. Embracing this flexibility in collecting can lead to enriching discoveries and deepen our appreciation for the diverse world of dolls.

The Origin of Francie with Straight Legs

Francie with Straight Legs was a groundbreaking release that took the doll collector/ Barbie community by storm. Her introduction in 1965 brought a breath of fresh air to Mattel’s doll collection. With her slender stature and straight legs, she set a new standard for elegance and style. She was considered to be the cousin of Barbie. The size of her body is a bit different from the curvy Barbie doll body that was introduced first to the market. Some fellow collectors told me that their mothers were easier to convince a Francie doll than a real Barbie doll because of her less curvy but rather teenage-like body. Her full name is Francie Fairchild.

Features of Francie:

This doll is distinguished not only by her distinctive straight legs but also by her timeless elegance. Francie was conceived as the trendy cousin of Barbie, reflecting the fashionable zeitgeist of the 1960s. Her charming smile and diverse fashion styles quickly made her a must-have for young girls of that era.

Popularity Among Collectors:

Despite the decades that have passed since its introduction, Francie with Straight Legs continues to be highly popular among collectors. The originality and limited availability make her a sought-after piece for doll collectors worldwide. The vintage charm and nostalgic connection to a bygone era contribute to Francie’s high esteem in collector circles even today. She’s not only in the collectors who got her in their childhood no she’s also popular among younger collectors although the production suddenly stopped already in the mid 1970s.

Tips for Collectors:

If you are a fan of doll collections, be aware that Francie with Straight Legs in good condition and with original clothing is particularly valuable. The packaging and the presence of accessories can also influence the collector’s value. Exchange information with other collectors to learn more about rare variations and valuable additions. As reference have a look at my other article about her bend leg sister that was released two years later

Francie’s Popularity in Japan:

Notably, Francie with Straight Legs found a special place in the hearts of collectors in Japan, where she gained immense popularity and appreciation. The Japanese market embraced Francie with enthusiasm, and her presence there left an indelible mark on the doll-collecting scene. Francie’s appeal in Japan extended beyond her standard outfits, as she boasted exclusive ensembles that were never released in the United States. These unique Japanese-exclusive outfits became highly sought after by collectors worldwide, adding an extra layer of rarity and allure to Francie’s global appeal.

The eyes of Japanese Francies are also different than from the US versions. She has blue eyes instead of brown eyes in Japan. The distinct fashion tastes of Japan infused Francie with a charm that transcended borders, making her a cherished and valued doll among Japanese collectors and enthusiasts.By the way there were also two Francie dolls made for the European market called “German Francie”. These dolls have bigger heads, more Japanese comic style like than the normal Francie face. Japanese Francies and German Francies have the straight legs in common. That’s why the are worth to be mentioned here. A good source in Europe for Francie is this link


Francie with Straight Legs is not just a doll but a piece of living history in the toy world. Her timeless elegance, combined with her unique position as Barbie’s cousin, makes her a coveted collector’s item. Whether you are an experienced collector or a curious beginner, adding Francie to your collection will undoubtedly bring a touch of retro-chic and nostalgic joy. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Francie with Straight Legs and let yourself be enchanted by her timeless charm!

Unlocking the Charm of Growing Hair Francies: A Dive into the 1970s Doll with a Unique Spring Mechanism


In the expansive world of vintage dolls, few discoveries match the intrigue and charm of the Growing Hair Francie. This 1970s doll features a distinctive mechanism that sets it apart, capturing the fascination of collectors worldwide. In a recent exploration, I delved into the realm of Growing Hair Francies, acquiring damaged dolls and spare parts to unravel the secrets behind their innovative hair-growing feature. For more information about the Barbie family read here The Evolution of Barbie and Her Family: A Nostalgic Journey Back to the 1960s

The Allure of Growing Hair Francies

Among vintage doll enthusiasts, Growing Hair Francies have always held a special appeal. Produced in the 1970s, these dolls boast a unique feature – a strand of hair that can be extended or retracted effortlessly. This uncomplicated yet effective mechanism adds an extra layer of allure to an already beloved collectible. The Growing Hair mechanism was also used for Barbie, so Francie is not the only doll that was available with this feature.

The Mechanism: A Detailed Examination

While I hadn’t disassembled one before, my hypothesis was that the hair-growing mechanism likely relied on a spring system. To validate this theory, I recently obtained damaged Growing Hair Francies and spare parts. The goal was to unveil the inner workings of this captivating mechanism that has intrigued collectors for decades. Francie dolls are hard to find in the meantime and it’s not easy to find one for a good price. For this article I’ve been searching for several months to find the right doll for a repair.

Upon meticulous inspection, it became evident that the mechanism is indeed a straightforward yet ingenious design. The hair-growing feature is powered by a spring-based system, providing users with easy control over the doll’s hair length through simple manipulation. Not only is the mechanism easy to produce, but it also proves remarkably durable, assuming the doll hasn’t suffered irreparable damage. When I got my first Growing Hair Francie I made a video about the Growing Hair mechanism. Long before I saw what’s inside I assumed that it must be a mechanism with a spring. It was just from using the mechanism.

The Collector’s Puzzle

Growing Hair Francies have perpetually piqued the curiosity of collectors. The simplicity and effectiveness of the mechanism raise questions about why more dolls didn’t incorporate similar innovations. As collectors, we value uniqueness and creativity in our dolls, and Growing Hair Francies epitomize that spirit. It’s never too late to educate us. Recently some broken Growing Hair Francies appeared on the market and I purchased them to study the mechanism. I purchased the body how you see it here right now. My estimation is that it is incomplete. I have not destroyed any doll for it.

Preserving the Legacy

Through the acquisition of broken Francies and spare parts, my aim was not only to satisfy curiosity but also to contribute to the preservation of these nostalgic treasures. Understanding the inner workings of the Growing Hair Francie mechanism allows collectors to deepen their appreciation for the craftsmanship and ingenuity behind these timeless dolls. You don’t find anything like these mechanisms anymore. For more information about box and accessories that are missing here have a look at .

Even when I was little they were gone already. You can speculate that it was because of production costs or warranty reasons. Hair features were big but no mechanism was in the body. Hair coloring features and hair gel were fashionable and popular in my childhood.


The Growing Hair Francie remains a cherished gem in the vintage doll realm, and the recent exploration into its unique mechanism has only heightened appreciation for this iconic collectible. As collectors continue to unveil the mysteries of their beloved dolls, Growing Hair Francies stands as a testament to the simplicity and brilliance of vintage toy design from the 1970s. Explore the allure of these timeless dolls and the ingenious spring mechanism that makes them truly special.

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Growing Hair Francie


As I continue my journey into the world of Growing Hair Francies, the excitement grows with each revelation about the inner workings of this unique doll. Armed with the knowledge gained from examining damaged dolls and spare parts, I am eager to delve even deeper into the mechanism’s intricacies. The prospect of creating an informative video to share my findings is on the horizon, as I strive to unravel the full functionality of this fascinating spring-based system.

Stay tuned for future updates as I document my exploration, aiming to provide fellow collectors and enthusiasts with a comprehensive understanding of what makes Growing Hair Francies truly special. Together, let’s uncover the secrets behind this iconic 1970s doll and celebrate the craftsmanship that continues to captivate generations of collectors.

The Elusive Quest for the Perfect Ken Doll: A Collector’s Dilemma


Collecting dolls is a passion that brings joy to many enthusiasts around the world. Whether it’s Barbie dolls, action figures, or rare collectibles, the hunt for that one missing piece can be both thrilling and frustrating. In this blog article, we will explore the common experience collectors face when they think they have found the perfect Ken doll, only to have it slip through their fingers at the last moment.

The Anticipation: The Perfect Ken

As a doll collector, you understand the excitement that comes with finding a specific doll you’ve been searching for. The anticipation builds up, imagining all the possibilities of showcasing it in your collection or featuring it in your next video. The thrill of finally getting your hands on that elusive Ken doll is unparalleled.

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Perfect Ken?

The Disappointment:

However, the unfortunate reality is that sometimes, even after finding what seems to be the perfect Ken doll, things don’t go as planned. The seller, who initially appeared responsive and eager to make the sale, suddenly becomes unresponsive. This unexpected turn of events can leave collectors feeling disappointed and frustrated. What to do in this situation?

The Collector’s Dilemma:

This scenario is not uncommon among collectors who actively hunt for rare and sought-after items. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, from the initial exhilaration of finding the doll to the heart-wrenching disappointment when the seller disappears. The collector is left wondering what to do next, how to fill the void that was created by the lost opportunity.

Maybe the collector is wondering what went wrong. In some cases it’s good when the seller is not responding. You have often scammers especially when the perfect Ken or Barbie is hard to find. Using stolen pictures for their offers is a common problem collectors talk about again and again. Of course you can use marketplaces like ebay or less known ones for your dolls but usually the offers are overpriced.

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Maritime Ken, a perfect Ken?

In moments like these, it’s important for collectors to take a step back and evaluate their options. Here are a few suggestions on how to deal with the situation:

1. Patience is key: Give the seller some time to respond. They might have encountered unexpected circumstances that are preventing them from getting back to you promptly. Remember, everyone has their own schedule and commitments.

2. Communication is crucial: Reach out to the seller again, expressing your continued interest in the Ken doll. Politely inquire about the delay in communication and ask if there are any updates regarding the sale. Clear and respectful communication can often help resolve issues.

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Day to Night Ken, a perfect Ken?

3. Explore alternative sources: While it’s disappointing when a potential purchase falls through, it’s important not to lose hope. Keep searching through different platforms, such as online marketplaces, auction sites, or even local toy stores. Persistence can pay off in the end.

4. Connect with fellow collectors: Engaging with other collectors who share your passion can provide a sense of support and understanding. They might have valuable insights, suggestions, or even connections that could assist you in finding the Ken doll you desire.


The journey of a collector is filled with highs and lows, and the experience of finding a Ken doll only to have it slip away is a common occurrence. Patience, communication, and perseverance are essential when facing such situations. Remember, the joy of collecting lies not only in the acquisition of the dolls but also in the thrill of the chase. So, keep searching, and who knows, the perfect Ken doll might just be waiting around the corner, ready to join your collection. If you want to read more about Ken read here or

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Butterfly Prince Ken in Sea Holiday Ken outfit, a perfect Ken?

All the Things I Use for Restoring Barbie Dolls

When it comes to restoring Barbie dolls, there are several essential tools that I rely on. This blog post will delve into the various items that I use to bring my Barbie dolls back to their former glory. From cleaning to repairing, these tools are essential for maintaining and preserving these treasured collectibles.

Cleaning Barbie with Rubbing Alcohol and Q-Tips

One of the essential tools for cleaning Barbie dolls is rubbing alcohol and q-tips. Rubbing alcohol is a powerful disinfectant that helps remove dirt, grime, and other impurities from the delicate surface of the dolls. Using q-tips, I can gently and carefully wipe away any accumulated dust or dirt without disturbing the doll’s delicate features.

Things you should know :Cleaning Barbie Clothes with Boost

When it comes to cleaning Barbie clothes, I rely on a product called Boost. This specially formulated detergent is designed to gently clean delicate fabrics and help remove stains. By using Boost, I can restore the vibrant colors and pristine condition of Barbie’s outfits, ensuring that they look their best.

Things like Remove Zit, Poliboy or dental tabs for Vintage Barbie with Green Ears

Another challenge that can arise when restoring Barbie dolls is the removal of green ears. Vintage Barbie dolls with green ears often suffered from this problem, but luckily, there is a simple solution. You have different options when you treat green ears. You can use Remove Zit when you get it in your country. There’s also a liquid with the name Poliboy for cleaning silver available in Europe. Danchlorix is another secret weapon I heard of but never used it until now. It’s a liquid used for cleaning toilets. Recently I head of a new solution called Bar Keepers Friend Power Cream available via amazon but I have neither used Danchlorix nor Power Cream.

Dental tabs are highly effective at removing yellow, and they work just as well on Barbie’s skin as they do on our own. Simply apply the dental tabs over night or over two nights, let the head rest in the solution as long as the yellow is gone, and then gently let the head dry on a towel.

Please be careful when using CLR, a cleaner wide spread in the USA. When used like Poliboy it can destroy the head in the long term. I don’t know about the content but a chemist who worked in the doll production industry wrote about the problem in his book that I can recommend to all of you.

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Bobby pins and end paper

An electric kettle is useful for different things

From taking Barbie head, legs and arms to hair style an electric kettle is versatile for Barbie restoration. For removing heads, arms or legs or restoring hair and curls it’s a super versatile thing to have.

Super handy and not forgotten – Things like a toothbrush and bobby pins

We also should mention here that a toothbrush is always useful when you are working with Barbie. Especially when your dolls are older than 40 years they can become fragile and it’s a good idea to use a toothbrush to bring their hair in shape again. Bobby pins are another secret weapon when you have to deal with Vintage Barbie dolls ( 1959 – 1966) to get the curls back in they may have lost over the years.

Fixing Push Buttons with Needle and Thread

Fixing push buttons on Barbie dolls is a breeze with needle and thread. Many vintage Barbies had these tiny buttons that could easily come loose, but with a bit of patience and a steady hand, you can easily sew them back on. Start by carefully removing the button from the doll’s clothing, making sure not to pull too hard and damage the fabric. Next, use matching thread and a sewing needle to sew the button back on, being careful not to catch any stray threads on the doll’s body. With a little patience and attention to detail, you can restore the functionality and beauty of these beloved buttons.

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The definitive book on the care and preservation of Vinyl dolls and action figures


In conclusion, restoring Barbie dolls requires a carefully selected set of tools. Using rubbing alcohol and q-tips, Boost for clothing cleaning, dental tabs for zits, and needle and thread for repairing push buttons, you can bring your Barbie dolls back to their former glory. Remember to handle these collectibles with care and cherish them for years to come. If you want to read more about Barbie cleaning I wrote an article two years ago and if you want to read more about Barbie cleaning you can read more here

The Fascinating Story of Fumiko Miyatsuka: New information from old Mattel employees:

In the world of toy manufacturing, few names stand out quite like Mattel. One such story involves a female Japanese tailor named Fumiko Miyatsuka, who unknowingly became a secret employee of Mattel in the 1950s. With its iconic Barbie dolls and other beloved toys, Mattel has captivated the imagination of children and adults alike for decades. But behind the glamorous facade of Mattel lies a fascinating history filled with unknown stories.

The Book “Barbie and I” Unveils New Insights from Fumiko Miyatsuka

The book “Barbie and I” by Fumiko Miyatsuka sheds light on the little known history of Mattel’s operations in Japan during the 1950s. Through extensive research and interviews with former employees, Miyatsuka uncovers a treasure trove of new information that sheds light on the behind-the-scenes workings of the Japanese toy industry during this era.

Barbie & I book by Fumiko Miyatsuka

Fumiko Miyatsuka: A Female Tailor Turned Secret Mattel Employee

Fumiko Miyatsuka’s story is truly extraordinary. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1926, she pursued a career in tailoring, eventually opening her own shop in Tokyo. Little did she know that her skills as a tailor would one day take her on a journey that would shape the history of the toy industry.

The Accidental Encounter with Mattel

One day, while shopping at a toy store, Fumiko Miyatsuka stumbled upon a Barbie doll that had caught her eye. Intrigued by its beauty and attention to detail, she inquired about its creation. The store owner informed her that the doll was made in the United States by the company Mattel.

Intrigued, Fumiko Miyatsuka was contacted by Mattel indirectly to inquire about the possibility of creating custom Barbie dresses being later sold as mass production. Little did she know that her inquiry would lead to her being hired as a secret employee.

Developing the Original Barbie Dresses

Fumiko Miyatsuka’s talent as a tailor truly shone through her work on the Barbie doll dresses. She worked tirelessly to develop unique and stylish designs that would not only enhance the doll’s appearance but also capture the essence of 1950s fashion.

Under strict secrecy, Fumiko Miyatsuka worked closely with Mattel’s designer Charlotte Johnson, sharing her ideas and incorporating traditional Japanese elements into the dresses in the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Her efforts paid off, and the resulting Barbie dresses were not only visually appealing but also well-crafted and durable.

The Hours and Costs of Secret Toy Creation

Working countless hours in her Tokyo shop, Fumiko Miyatsuka dedicated herself to creating the original Barbie dresses. Her dedication to quality and attention to detail were evident in every stitch.

To stay within the constraints of Mattel’s budget, Fumiko Miyatsuka had to be innovative and cost-effective. She used fabric scraps and recycled materials whenever possible, finding a way to create high-quality dresses without breaking the bank.


The story of Fumiko Miyatsuka reminds us of the incredible talent and resourcefulness that can blossom in unexpected places. Her accidental encounter with Mattel and her subsequent role as a secret employee not only brought joy to countless children but also played a significant role in the development of the iconic Barbie doll.

Fumiko Miyatsuka’s story is a testament to the power of determination, creativity, and the ability to make a lasting impact in an industry dominated by men. Today, her contributions are celebrated and serve as an inspiration to aspiring designers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who believes in the power of their dreams.