Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My newest obsession...

One of the things that kept me going through my blog's disappearance, as well as the last few weeks of uni, was my latest obsession (or, perhaps, 're-obsession' is more accurate!): Barbie. I'm not going to say every little girl loved Barbie growing up because I hate generalisations like that but I can tell you this little girl did! I realised I must have had nearly 30 dolls (including 4 Kens and various friends & siblings) plus cars and caravans and a disco and a horse...plus lots of clothes for them as well as a couple of books and comics. It's kind of embarrassing to realise I was actually more than a bit spoilt.

A few weeks ago something spurred me to get out my old dolls and the pangs of regret over culling my collection by nearly half a few years ago were so strong that I set out to find all the dolls I used to have but got rid of. One thing led to another and I've found myself collecting Barbie dolls in earnest again, though I've mainly been buying vintage/vintage reproduction ones (I do have one that I had as a child on the way, though, and a few more on my watch-list!)

Anyway, I thought I'd share a few photos of what I have so far and hopefully it interests at least a few of you! (If you want a little more info about the dolls, you can click on the links below each photo.)


50th Anniversary Barbie 2009


I actually bought this doll when it was first released in 2009 - I was so excited as I'd admired the original Barbie doll ever since I was a little girl but had never thought about collecting vintage dolls. I remember when I bought this how happy I was - she has pride of place on one of my bookshelves and is still in her display box.

Campus Spirit Barbie & Ken 2008

I remember seeing this giftset in the shops when it first came out but couldn't bring myself to spend the $120 it cost on it. So, when I was browsing eBay and saw that a local store (as in, there is a physical location near me) had it for only $70 I had to go grab it! A lot of serious collectors wouldn't have taken the set out of the box at all but I'm not fussed about that sort of thing at this point. Plus, it was easier to photograph! They do still live in the box, though, just because it's one less thing for me to dust. Oh, and Ken's speech/thought bubble says 'My favorite part of the game? The huddle with Barbie!' Corny, huh?

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My first actual vintage Barbie purchase was this vintage Skipper doll, dated between '64 and '66. She's Barbie's little sister and I think she's rather sweet. She's now dressed in her original swimsuit & red flats, which my mum bought for me, but I don't have any other photos of her, yet.

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Dramatic New Living Barbie

My second vintage purchase was this mod-era Barbie. I love her rooted lashes and 'groovy threads'. That gold and silver swimsuit is something else, no?

Dramatic New Living Barbie

 
Solo in the Spotlight wearing Fancy Free

This is the latest eBay arrival - I bought her to model some of the vintage Barbie clothes I've bought (only this dress has arrived so far) while they're not on my other dolls. I'm a bit in love with this dress - I wish I had Barbie's early wardrobe all in my size! I probably could have done a whole 'outfit' post just of this dress on this doll. You can see more photos on my Flickr stream.

Solo in the Spotlight wearing Fancy Free

One thing that's rather tickled me is learning that Barbie and all of her friends have last names and everything - Barbie's full name is apparently Barbara Millicent Roberts.

I hope that was fun to look at. Would anyone be interested to see semi-regular Barbie updates from me? As I get new dolls/clothes and as I learn a little more along the way. Or should I just keep the photos to Flickr and the occasional Tumblr crossover? (And I know this is my blog, but I like to post things others are interested in as well!)

I have photos of all of the Barbie dolls I currently have up on my Flickr, too, for anyone interested. Oh, and I tried to think of some kind of snappy, clever title but this is the best I could come up with. Ha.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

19 comments:

  1. Oh yes, totally keep us in the know with your Barbie acquisitions. This post is divine! I looove the red and blue dress - it's positively perfect.

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  2. Love the barbie post - definitely keep them coming!

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  3. Loving the Barbie montage. Much much more exciting than the one mermaid Barbie I owned, vintage eye makeup is sensational! More please Andi! x

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  4. Loving the Matel Montage Andi. My Aunty made the most amazing clothes for 80's pool party-esque models owned by my cousin. Sadly I only had one Barbie, a mermaid. The vintage eye makeup and detailing of your collection are delicious! More please!

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  5. YEAH!! I will read about Barbie any day. Keep 'em coming

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  6. Oh and you could head over and read about Peter's Ken doll (called the "Vinyls") collection at Male Pattern Baldness:
    http://malepatternboldness.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-acquisitions-george-w-trippon.html
    Maybe all of them can get together sometime - that would be a fab party!

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  7. ooo!!! i love the red and blue dress barbie!!! soo pretty!! i been seeing alot of the 1950's barbie carrying case in vintage stores!!! I just have to get one!!! great for a Vintage Barbie display case

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  8. My favorite treasure is my early 1960's barbie that used to be my moms. She's got a big orange bouffant hairdo and a leopard print coat. So gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your Barbie pics!

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  9. I wouldn't mind Barbie posts at all! I collected a few of the retro ones for awhile but just ran out of space. I can live vicariously through your collection. ;)

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  10. Cool! I've been thinking of beginning to collect them myself, after I stumbled upon (and bought) "Earring Magic Ken" for a killer price. You may be familiar with the story - EMKen came with a questionable choice of jewelry, one of which could be interpreted as a sex toy. MATTEL Corp. recalled all of the (also deemed 'too gay looking') Earring Magic Ken dolls, so they are highly collectible...my local art-supply shop was having an odds-n-ends sale and there he was. *haha! Of course, I myself prefer Barbie, but this Ken couldn't care less if I collect them or not. hmmph. Not only are they fascinating, but fun!! And a fantastic investment!! You've got a great collection!

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  11. Barbies are the best!! They always look perfect I love how they have quit a bit of detail to them.

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  12. Barbie updates would be fantastic fun! I used to make clothes for my barbie and do little photo shoots of them - this post reminded me of that in a very good way.

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  13. Ooooh, wonderful !! I collect them two and have done a couple of posts about making outfits for them with my daughter...... love love love Barbies - they are for gal's of all ages !!!

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  14. I just love Barbie.I still have every barbie I have ever gotten.My first one was super star barbie.Though the vintage ones have cooler looking make up.Love the photos.Barbie is what made me love fashion and hairstyling.I used to sit hours doing her hair.Barbie is what being a girl is all about.xx

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  15. I loved vintage Barbies when I was younger. I had all my cool modern ones, but it was the ones that were my mother's that fascinated me the most. Some of the outfits are incredible!

    missish.blogspot.com

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  16. I'm loving the rereleases of some of the vintage barbies! I also loved the Wizard of Oz in original, side-eye giving Barbie style! Did you happen to catch them when they came out?

    This post is making me nostalgic, I remember I got into heaps of trouble for cutting my mum's old barbies' hair off when I was a child! That was the era of the 'growing hair' Barbie and I thought all of them did that - oops.

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  17. oh i love the old barbies and I think I still have my mums old rugby ken from the 60s. It sure looks familiar. Have to check the attic :)

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  18. I love this post!! I use to collect Barbie dolls a few years ago, but I stopped back in 2000 as I was running out of space and it got to be an expense hobby. I agree with you on the vintage Barbie fashions, they are gorgeous. There are some GREAT books on vintage Barbie fashions and I'd highly recommend the ones by Sarah Sink Eames, they are on Amazon.

    Happy collecting! :-)
    Jessica

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