Category Archives: Dolls and Fashion Toys

The Barbie, Ken and Midge Wardrobe Booklet – 1962


Here is the second of the three 1962 Barbie in-pack booklets I recently added to my collection. These beautifully illustrated catalogues show the fashion range available back when Barbie was just 3 years old!

Alongside dozens of fashion items for Barbie, Midge and Ken, other gems found inside the catalogues are the Barbie board game, the Dream House and Fashion Shop, knitting patterns, Trousseau Set and the Barbie fan club and magazine.

Below are scans from the blue version wardrobe booklet – Barbie, Ken and Midge. Click images to go bigger.











As always, thanks for looking ๐Ÿ™‚

Barbie and Ken catalogue – 1962


I recently picked up three 1962 Barbie in-pack booklets. These beautifully illustrated catalogues show the fashion range available back when Barbie was just 3 years old – amazing to think she’s still going strong today at 60! Alongside dozens of fashion items for Barbie, Midge and Ken, other gems found inside the catalogues are the Barbie board game, the Dream House and Fashion Shop, knitting patterns, Trousseau Set and the Barbie fan club and magazine.

Below are scans from the first booklet – Barbie and Ken – the others to follow another time soon. Click images to go bigger and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚












As always, thanks for looking ๐Ÿ™‚

My First Barbie


You’re never too old, right?

Presenting, my first Barbie…

and a wonderful addition to TVTA’s toy collection – California Barbie, 1987.


My California Barbie came mint in her original European-issue box. The contents include Barbie, her accessories and paperwork, a catalogue, a mini comic, and a Beach Boys flexi-disc record: Living Doll, Brother Records, 1987.ย 

Barbie seemed more than pleased to join the other toys here at TVTA Towers…

But you should have seen her face when I told her I’d bought her a gift…

Her very own wheels… the California Barbie Dune Buggy!

Never one to miss a good photo opportunity, Barbie couldn’t wait to strike some poses…

Check out her glamour shots โ€ฆ







Catalogue, comic, flexi-disc scans


California Barbie, Danish advert, 1988



Thank you for California dreaming with us ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Fleur dolls

“You’ll love her”

The Fleur doll brand was created in the Netherlands in the late 1970s by toy importer Otto Simon (also responsible for distributing ThunderCats). During the 1980s Fleur was a popular doll in its Dutch homeland, as well as enjoying success in other European markets such as Denmark, Belgium and Germany. TVTA is pleased to present images from 1987 Dutch catalogues Intertoys Speelboek and Speelboom Club Journal.



Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Intertoys Speelboek. 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.


Thanks for looking ๐Ÿ™‚

Barbie: alive, sporty and dancing

Presenting: six more Barbie print adverts to add to my collection. The following are all 1970s French ads of a sporting nature. As always thanks for looking ๐Ÿ™‚

Barbie tennis and golf. 1970s. France.



Barbie Alive. 1970s. France.


For more superb Barbie print adverts check out my Around The World With Barbie page.ย 

Barbie 60s 70s Benelux France

France. 1960s.

Benelux. 1970.

Belgium. 1960s.

France. 1973.


Barbie and her friends comic strips. 1965. France.



Thank you for watching Barbie TV(TA) with us ๐Ÿ™‚

Baby Face Dolls

“Special super posin’ girl and boy dolls, with feelings you can see!”ย 

The Baby Face line of dolls was created by Mel Birnkrant in partnership with Kiscom Toys and was licensed in 1990 by the Galoob toy company. Despite only having a short shelf life Baby Face became one of the most popular brands of dolls of its time. Aimed at ages 4 and up, the 13 inch dolls came with removable outfits, diapers, hair accessories, shoes and socks, and were articulated at the head, shoulders, elbows, legs and knees.


“Baby Face dolls – each with a different adorable expression and personality”

One of the highlights of this line for me is the idea of facial expressions married to emotions. This is reflected in the names given to each doll: So Surprised Suzie; So Merry Kerri; So Caring Karen; So Playful Beth. Another highlight is the attempt at diversity with the inclusion of black and Hispanic dolls.

Ten out of ten to the team responsible for creating the photographs in the 1992 Galoob catalogue scans you are seeing in this post. The images are among the best toy photographs I’ve seen – and I’ve seen a fair few over the years. The exquisite photos capture perfectly the quality of the dolls, their outfits and emotions, with great attention paid to the wonderful scene-setting details – making each image a work of art.


 


Baby Face Magic Heart Charms

Special charms with a secret message that appeared when held in a child’s hand, plus love note and ribbon to use as a bracelet or doll necklace.


Bathtub Baby Face

“Super-posin’ new baby dolls that love to play in water!”

These dolls were designed for bathtub play and came with Special Bath Shirts that magically disappeared in water then reappeared when you dried the doll.ย 



Special Outfits and Fashion Diapers

 


Packaging examples

Images and information taken from the Galoob 1992 trade catalogue as scanned by TVTA. Special thanks to the wonderful site BabyFaceDolls.com for additional information.

As always thanks for looking. This has been TVTA’s 499th post! Look out for post 500 coming soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Polly Pocket

It’s a new entry for TVTA as we present some 1995 Polly Pocket scans from French catalogue Ets De Neuter.

Polly Pocket is a line of toy dolls and accessories that became popular during the late 80s and early 90s. The original dolls came in pocket-size cases and were sold by Bluebird toys of the UK and Mattel. Polly Pocket has also appeared in feature films, video games and a web series. It continues to be sold to date.

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