Barbies friends and relatives
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dolls success not only resulted due to her up to date
The possibilities to play were increasingly enhance by adding other types
of doll to the line, The description on the boxes explained the relationship of
a said doll to Barbie or Ken ; like family or friends. This makes the big
difference when comparing with other fashion doll series, who generally
have only a male and/or a child doll version of a single product line. Mattel has
produced friends of Barbie with their own faces right from the start and
besides they also produced countless other different fashion doll lines and
practically all in the same scale as Barbie, ( in these cases the description on
the box top indicates that Barbies fashion would fit them too, in some cases
there could be a Barbie flyer found inside).
But nevertheless it all applies only to dolls that belong to Barbies world !
production range is confusing as many friends have been
Below here is a short
presentation of all the figures that have been in
Barbies sisters also had
friends, who could wear the same size fashions
|1965...||The first figure from Barbies family had been Skipper the small sister with a kiddie face.|
|1966...||Followed shortly by Barbies cousin Francie it had also been the first doll of which there was a black-afro American version, unfortunately she was no success and disappeared soon again from the stores.|
|1968...||The brother and sister Tutti and Todd were twins of about six Years of age. Unlike the other dolls they were not made from Vinyl, but with a metal grid covered with rubber. Francie, Tutti and Todd have been sold until the seventies.|
|1991...||Later her eight Year old sister Stacie, and she was manufactured until the Year 2000.|
|1996...||Little sister Kelly appeared, in Europe she was named Shelly. This doll represents a 2-3 Year old child.|
|1999...||Finally, another baby-sister named Krissy appeared.|
|2003...||Kelly was the only kid of the family that remained in production after Mattel discontinued the manufacturing of Skipper.|
|2007...||In 2007 Stacie und Shelly have their own production line. Although these dolls do not match the Barbie line due to their larger scale size.|
Barbie had Ken as a permanent boyfriend since 1961 (named after Ruth and Elliots son Kenneth). He was a bit larger than his girl friend and sported molded hair until 2000. More male dolls were named as Kens friends. Barbies boyfriend in 2005 to 2006 was Blaine, but 2007 Mattel returned to the name Ken for this purpose.
Big excitement about Barbies friend Ken
Barbies oldest friend, Midge (1963) incorporated a total different type of girl than the fashionable Barbie; she was just the nice girl next door. Also different to Barbie, Midge was allowed to marry (Kens friend Allan) and to found a family, the last one in 2003 with the trade mark: "Happy family".
(1968) became Barbies afro-american friend, she had been
sold until 2006.
(1970) was her British friend, and at that time she wore these
highly trendy fashions from Carnaby Street. She had been the only
doll that never got her own personal face mold, therefore the
heads of the 1963 - Midge and Steffi dolls were used fort his
line. The very last P.J. had been sold 84.
friend Steffie (1972) has been produced only a few Years, but her
specially developed head mold became the most used for many other
dolls by Mattel. This same head mold also appeared with
Afro-American and Hispanic dolls as well as the "Dolls of
appeared Kira, the Asian friend of Barbie (in Europe this doll
was named Marina). Kiras head mold has been used for
all dolls of Asian origin, despite her face looks caucasian ( for
instance, she lacks the Epicanthal fold along the inner eyeline).
From 2001 no more dolls were sold with this face.
only one of Barbies old frinds, that are still on sale
today, is Teresa (1988). She is of a hispanic of Latino-American
origin and she had her own specific head mold for a long time.
From 2007 the dark haired dolls incorporating Barbies head
mold are named Teresa.
Afro-American friend Shani (1990) first had been the main figure
in an own, independent line with multiple friends and plenty of
fashions and then she has been integrated much more into
Barbies World during the following Years. The last Shani
appeared 1994. While her head molds and the ones of her friends
had been used until 2006 further for Afro-American dolls.
und Lea (2002) have a common heald mold, but they cannot be
mistaken with each other due to their different face paint. Not
to be mixed are that: Kayla is Latino-American (hispanic), and
Lea is of Asian origin. Both of them were sold until 2006. This
Year completely new friends appeared;
it remains to be seen if these will be produced for a longer period of time.
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