Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The new Barbie twists! The new Barbie turns!

Thank-you all for the lovely comments on my last post. I will definitely be finishing the post on my thoughts about my style at the moment, but until I get it finished up here's a post on something different!

Back when (way back when, now it seems) I first posted about my renewed interest in collecting Barbies, I was actually surprised at how many of you wanted to see more posts on the subject! And then I didn't post anymore - I think I was getting a little ambitious in the ideas I had for photos. I dreamed of creating furniture and little sets to place my dolls in and making little stories to go along with them, too, like the ones I'd seen on Flickr. I realised, after a while, I was setting my sights a little high and that those of you who wanted to see more posts were missing out because of it. So, here's the latest addition to my vintage/mod collection: a 1968 Twist 'n' Turn Barbie.

1968 TNT Barbie

1968 TNT Barbie
My obsession has lessened, somewhat, since then (most of my obsessions go through an intense, but brief phase before they settle into becoming a regular interest) but I shall still be collecting and photographing, albeit quite a bit more slowly than I was before.

1968 TNT Barbie

The first Twist 'n' Turn Barbie, released a year before this one, marked the beginning of Barbie's mod era. Barbie got a whole new look from head to toe - her face is completely different to the original Barbies and has rooted lashes and a very sweet look. But the most exciting change was the movement Barbie now had in her waist - unlike the twist waists of the Barbies I grew up with, this Barbie's waist has a slight angle to it so she twists quite differently (it's hard to explain but you can see it in the video at the end of this post.)

1968 TNT Barbie

I never used to be keen on the mod Barbie face but now I think she's perfectly lovely and I love the rooted eyelashes that most of the mod faces have. I was also not overly keen on the 'Summer Sand' or ash blonde dolls but now that I have one of my own I actually think she's a nice change from the whiter or more yellow blonde dolls that I have.

Also, you have to check out the neat commercial from 1967 when the first Twist 'n' Turn Barbie was released. It's one of my favourite things I've ever seen. There's something about the way the man is narrating it that's just fantastic. Oh, and it has Maureen McCormick in it!

You can see the other dolls I've not yet blogged about in this set on Flickr.

Andi B. Goode


  1. I absolutely love these Barbies. I think I saw a Mod Barbie at an antique shed a few years ago. I know that I saw some lovely vintage barbie and doll clothes. I ended up buying the doll clothes (when I visit my parents next I'll try and dig them out of the attic to take a photo).


  2. Oh my gosh, that commercial is AMAZING. I'm pretty sure I have a Barbie that twists like that. I had a bunch of my sisters old dolls from the 70s and 80s and I'm pretty they got theirs used too. I'll have to take a peek! :)

  3. ohh pretty, yes I have also had a renewed interst in barbies and lil Miss Twist 'n'turn is a great find!

    xx Rosina Lee

  4. She definitely has such a 60s feel about her! I can imagine hundreds of girls twist dancing with her!

  5. That commercial is fantastic! Can you imagine if you could nip back in time and collect all the old barbies that were traded in? I bet they were all traded in naked, because their owners were saving the clothes for the new one


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