Barbie doll wiki: Stacey and Stacie

My post from last week inspired me to write more about Barbie dolls friends and family. In my article I’m talking about Stacey and Stacie.

Stacey had her first appearance in 1967 as Barbie’s Talking friend/Barbie’s friend from England. The Talking Stacey doll was spoken by Gwen Florea, who wrote a very nice book about her time at Mattel in the 60s and 70s. I was unfortunately too late to talk to her. It was only a short while before she died. Bad luck …

Stacey was designed as a friend of Barbie from England. She had the same size like Barbie doll and of course they were able to share clothes. Stacey brought lots of MOD(ern) clothes from the Carnaby Street in London, England to her friend Barbie. Maybe that’s how to crazy and colorful MOD clothes came into Barbie dolls wardrobe?

Stacey was available as blonde version and a red haired version ( I love this version but I don’t have one at the moment … hope that’s going to change one day..) . She was available until 1971. In 1972 she was sent to retirement… so sad … I wish they had produced her for a longer time. I can’t imagine that the sales figures were that bad.

Suddenly Barbie got a sister called Stacie

Anyway in the early 1990s Barbie suddenly got a sister called Stacie. I would say she was approx. 10 years old in the good old time. She was a twin and had a twin brother called Todd ( who somehow reminded me of the Todd from the 1960s, Tutti’s twin brother). One of my thoughts was that she should maybe present a kind of a modern Tutti. Stacie could first be seen at the time Midge became a bride. She was sold at Toys r us together with Todd as flower girl and ring bearer. There was also a big gift set for the Midge Wedding with Stacie, Todd, Midge, Alan, Barbie and Ken. I think she reappeared one or two years later a steady character of the Barbie family and got an own clothing line, friends Janet and Whitney and disappeared around 2000. So one could think she was sent into retirement before she became a teenager?

Obviously she came back in the last decade but her character was changed. She became older and appeared in the Barbie movies. In the meantime she was sold as a doll again.

Barbie doll wiki: Skipper, her first and oldest sister

In 1964 Barbie got a sister called Skipper. She was the first member of Barbie doll’s big family. (Just for the case if you don’t know it the family grew until 1999 when Krissy was born). I wonder how old Barbie’s mother was when Barbie was born and she was 40 years older when Krissy was born, a wonder of fertility !!!

No, just kidding a little bit. When Skipper came out in 1964 she was available in blond and brunette. Sadly not as a red haired version …

More changes in the 1970s

Until 1971 her look was not changed very much. The first change of her face I think came when she was available as Living Skipper. Her hair style also changed a bit. In her history her body was also changed several times. One of the most controverse Skipper dolls was the Growing Up Skipper (available, I did a little bit of research https://youtu.be/9LuI0W8SmzY) in 1975. She has a mechanism inside her body and when you twist her arm in the right direction her body grows and she gets breasts. From a technical point of view very interesting since this mechanism works in my Growing Up Skipper until today, so it must be a very simple but effective mechanism with a spring I think (just from the sounds I hear when I move her arms). Her body also changes a bit. She becomes taller.

In the late 1970s Skipper changed again. She became known as “Super Teen Skipper” in comparison to Superstar Barbie. In the late 70s everything became “super”. She got a new face and a new body. I think there are hardly two Skipper dolls that have the same size in my collection. I don’t know the exact number of how often face and body were changed but the longer the dolls were available the more often face and body changed. The 80s finally brought us Hot Stuff Skipper with another face and body and in 1988 she got a new face again. She got her “Kulleraugen“-face as we call it in Germany. She got a face that reminded me of Japanese comics even before I knew how there were called. Nobody told us that when we watched Japanese comic TV series. These early series from the late 70s or early to mid 80s series came to us with a great delay but Skipper looked in a perfect way to what we all watched in TV back then. I really loved the comic like eyes of Skipper but in the mid 1990s her look changed again. The “Pizza Hut”Skipper got a new head mold and another body. This version was only used for a short time. I got her back then as “Phone fun” Skipper.

When Skipper became Teen Skipper

Shortly after we got to see “Phone fun” Skipper she suddenly grew up to the same size like Barbie doll. Her new name was Teen Skipper, again new head mold and new body. She somehow lost her outward appearance of a 13 year old girl and became at least 16 years. A very nice version of this Skipper can be seen of her in the Slumber Party Skipper. After the arrival of the year 2000 she suddenly disappeared from the screen for nearly a decade.

Here’s a link to Slumber Party Skipper https://www.flickr.com/photos/151597660@N03/33570714055

After the year 2000

Then she was suddenly available again . In 2010 we saw her again in a gift set from Target, being a bridesmaid and in 2012 with colorful hair. It seems that she is available on a permanent basis again in 2019. When you google her, you’ll find her but it seems that she’s between 15 and 17 years now.

More about Skipper

She was born as Skipper Millicent Roberts. She was originally designed as a 12 or 13 year old teenage girl. She was requested by Barbie owners who wanted another doll to play with beside Midge and Ken. By the way Skipper was the door to younger girls who were maybe no teenagers at the time (Yeah, in the early 1960s lots of teenagers had Barbie dolls. I know this may sound strange to you. Nowadays Barbie becomes uninteresting when children leave the kindergarten and go to school.) Skipper had many friends during the different decades starting with Skooter and Ricky in the 60s , Courtney, Kevin, Nikki became later friends with her.

Barbie wikipedia: In which countries is she available?

Hey, if this website https://www.news18.com/news/lifestyle/at-60-barbie-still-ruling-the-roost-in-150-countries-2059339.html says Barbie is available in more than 150 contries, why don’t they have a list? Probably due to a lack of knowledge.

I’m not sure if I can give you the name of all countries where Barbie is available but I’ll try to let you what I know and I think it’s more than the linked article says.

I’ll give you a list. That’s probably easier to read than a text.

  • USA
  • Japan ( she was released there in the early 1960s and was produced by Mattel only until 1980 but then there were several companies like Takara (by the way I have a Takara Barbie) , Ma-Ba (Mattel-Bandai cooperation), Bandai and after 1995 Mattel produced there for the Japanese market again)
  • Germany ( since the early 1960s, hard to find a Nr. 1 from 1959)
  • The Netherlands
  • France
  • Denmark
  • Sweden ( she was sold under the name of Brio ( little wooden model train) first in the early 60s)
  • Norway
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Belgium
  • Spain ( under license produced by Congost in Spain since the late 70s until the early 90s, later distributed by Mattel itself)
  • Portugal ( since the 1980s)
  • Mexico ( under license produced by CIPSA (1970s) and Aurimat (1980s)
  • Canada
  • Brazil ( under license by Estrela)
  • Peru ( under license by Basa)
  • Venezuela ( under license by Rotoplast)
  • Colombia ( under license by Dibon but the company went bancrupt shortly after the begin of the production)
  • Argentina ( under license by Top Toys and Antex)
  • Indonesia
  • Taiwan
  • The Philippines
  • Malaysia
  • Korea
  • India
  • Austria
  • England
  • Australia
  • China ( at least they tried to enter the toy market in 2009)
  • Greece
  • Russia? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/nov/24/russia.nickpatonwalsh
  • Egypt?
  • Saudi Arabia?
  • (List is not complete yet, to be continued as soon as new information is available)

In other countries

We also find similar dolls like Barbie in countries like the middle east. I’m not sure who the producer is but they wear a headscarf. I’ve only seen her once or twice among collectors and she’s called Fulla. It’s not hard to find any picture of her online.

I think last year Mattel released the Barbie with a hijab https://insideretail.asia/2017/11/15/coming-up-barbie-doll-wearing-a-hijab/ . Furthermore there were attempts to create a curvy doll before released the curvy Barbie bodies in the last years under the name of Lammily.

I also remember that there was a doll called Emme https://admin.mashable.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/emme-doll.jpg

She was one of the first tries to release a curvy doll with normal body proportions. I think it was in the late 1990s or so. I’m not a clone doll collector. I simply don’t have the space to collect them beside Barbie doll.

A rare swimsuit from Spain

Some of you know that I like the Congost Barbie dolls from Spain. Last year I got a Tropical Barbie from Spain but she came naked. I had the chance to get it via a Spanish Barbie collector. She arranged it that the swimsuit landed in my collection. I really like the color. It’s very different from the US version but hard to find. What makes the swimsuit different from its US version is the pattern. It’s more yellowish than the normal version while the US version has more black in the fabric. It is as elastic as the sister but it is much rarer and harder to find. You may ask yourself why. I think it is due to a smaller quantiy that was produced in spain. I was told that it is hard to find Spanish Congost Barbie dolls in good condition because the production was done cheaply and many children customized their dolls. That means the children cut the hair. I have also seen dolls with missing hands or legs. I know it’s weird. Dolls in good condition are not so easy to find. I don’t know anything about the prices but maybe they could be the missing link why some of the Spanish Congost dolls and fashions are hard to find in good conditions.

Spanish Tropical Barbie in original swimsuit



Left and middle pic show the US versions of the swimsuit

Rumors about the bancrupcy of Mattel?

In the last weeks there were rumors about a predicted bancrupcy of Mattel within one year. It was predicted by a guy named Isaac Larian. I had to google the name because I never heard of him. He has a toy company of his own and made Mattel obviously an offer for a fusion. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/13/mga-ceo-isaac-larian-says-mattel-will-be-bankrupt-within-a-year-or-so-after-takeover-bid-is-rejected.html

Is the rumor true? Only time will tell… let’s keep our eyes open.

One Barbie doll, so many different make up variations

In the last days I saw a Magic Curl Barbie on Instagram and I wrote a comment that I have three of them and each is a bit different. You never see twins. Every doll is a bit different may you consider make-up or hairline. Maybe it comes from the fact that each doll was still kind of hand painted. I don’t regard the difference as something bad but just as something that we can see. Here are some pics of my dolls.

First Magic Curl Barbie I got
Second Magic Curl Barbie I found
Magic Curl Barbie in box

Comparison of my Magic Curl Barbie dolls



What do you think? All a bit different huh?

Be patient when you repair Barbie dolls

Nobody says it’s always easy with the repairs. Sometimes you just need patience. This is true in my case at the moment too. I have repaired a Barbie doll in the last weeks and then the right color for my repair was missing. I ordered acrylic colors and found out that they didn’t match. So I ordered another color from where I bought it the first time. Since it came from overseas I needed patience. Almost done and then the next problem. The second leg didn’t want to stay on the doll. The hip knob tends to break again and again due to old glue that was invisible and therefore hard to remove. Exhausting….. but nobody said it’s always easy to be a good Barbie doctor.

Do you know Chatty Cathy?

To those of you who watch my youtube channel it’s not new that I’m repairing a Talking Barbie but do you know that there were more Talking dolls produced by Mattel? Did you know that Chatty Cathy is a bit older than Talking Barbie? No? She can also be repaired and has many fans around the world. Here’s her story.

Finding the right acrylic color for my Talking Barbie

It’s not always easy to do things the way you want them to be. That is true for my Talking Barbie in repair. The repair itself is done but what is missing is the right color for finishing the repair. I ordered several skin tone color last week in Germany and realized that it was not the perfect tone that I need. In the color I used was too much pink and not enough orange. So I ordered the color from the dealer where I bought it the last time. Hopefully the color will be here until next week. Usually it’s no problem. The next time I’ll be more careful with the color and put in there a drop or two of water every six months. I don’t want a dry acrylic color again. It’s always expensive to replace the stuff. Gonna take a pic a soon as the right color is here.