2014 Halloween Barbie Dolls

2014 Halloween Barbie Dolls

There are two Halloween Barbie Dolls this year.   There is both a pink box and Target exclusive.  In addition there are also three kelly & friends dolls and 2 “mini” Barbie dolls.
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Superstar Barbie Dolls Values August 2014

Here are the highest priced Superstar era Barbie dolls sold in the last 90 days on eBay. This is my first Superstar post – the era is getting more and more popular and I’m getting more and more interested in it, so it’s time to start incorporating it into the site!

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 Japanese Superstar Barbie, Peasant SensationThis Japanese Superstar Barbie, Peasant Sensation, was the highest priced Superstar Barbie sold. It sold for $750. (The seller was in Germany.) [Read More…]

Vintage Barbie Dolls Values – August 2014

Here are the highest priced vintage Barbie dolls sold in the last 90 days in the vintage Barbie category on eBay.

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#1 Blonde Ponytail Doll.

The highest priced item was this #1 Blonde Ponytail Doll.  She sold for $8703.  She came wearing Friday Night Date  – the seller stated she was a dressed display doll, which is interesting because Friday Night Date didn’t come out until 1960 and by 1960 we were up to the #3 ponytail already.  Anyway, she also came with a display doll pink box and stand.

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Brunette Happy Birthday Skipper Reproduction is Out!

50th Anniverary Brunette Skipper DollThe 50th Anniversary Happy Birthday Skipper Reproduction has hit the shelves!  So many of us were so disappointed that the Blonde version (released in January) sold out in a nano-second and we all missed out.  To make amends for the mass disappointment, Mattel created a brunette version.

It is now available at your favorite doll dealer and Amazon. The retail price is $49.95.

Vintage Barbie Clothing Values – July 2014

Here are the highest priced clothing items sold in the last 90 days in the vintage Barbie category on eBay.

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Barbie Gay Parisenne NRFB
Barbie’s Gay Parisienne #964 (1959) is considered one of the “Holy Grails” of Vintage Barbie Collecting.  It was one of two ensembles that was only made for one year – Barbie’s first year – 1959. It is very hard to find.  I don’t think I have ever seen one still in the original box before.  This one received 46 bids and sold for $5,457.98 in May 2014.
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This Week @ Fashion Doll Guide (6/28/14 to 7/4/14)

It’s July 4th weekend – were we celebrate Independence day with fun in the sun – at the beach, the lake or with a backyard barbecue.

To wish everyone a happy 4th, is shared this awesome photo I found on Pinterest,  I love this Barbie look for July 4th!

On the website, I am updating pages to a new format that is more modern and works better on mobile phones.  (Almost 30% of our page views are on mobile devices!  I am always amazed at that!)  As soon as I post this, I’ll also be updating the blog to a mobile responsive theme.

As I am updating pages, In addition to correct typos and errors, I’m adding more photos and info where ever possible.
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2013 Halloween Barbie Dolls

2013 Halloween Barbie Dolls

It’s time to get out the Halloween Barbie Dolls & add a few new ones to the collection!

There are two new Halloween Barbies for 2013.

2013 Bewitched & BeJeweled Halloween Barbie

The regular grocery store edition is called Bewitched & Bejeweled.  She has purple streaks in her hair and is dressed in a purple and orange dress with a black spider web necklace, shrug, witch hat and boots.

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Betty’s Gorgeous Number 1 Ponytail Barbie

Number One Vintage Ponytail Barbie

I just had to share this beautiful photo because to many of us it represents the ultimate in vintage Barbie collecting!   Betty P. shared it recently in our Barbie & Friends group.

I think this photo is sheer perfection and a perfect representation of the allusive beauty of the number 1 dolls.

How about you?  Is this your ultimate Barbie?  If not, what is?

Highlight: Campus Belle Dress Variation

Campus Belle Barbie Dress - Rare Dark Blue Variation

When I recently updated the Vintage Barbie Belle Dress / Campus Bell page on the website, I learned of a very rare Campus Belle variation that was recently sold.

The silk shantung dress is commonly seen in rose pink and medium blue and even those are hard to find!   This variation, a very dark blue, recently sold for $285.

None of the four reference books I consulted mentioned this variation and I have never seen it before.  If you have seen one before, please tell us in the comments below!

You can see the updated page, as well as a picture of the regular blue next to this one  here.

 

Ken in Cheerful Chef on Barbie and Friends

Vintage Ken in Cheerful Chef.

This picture of Ken, by Yvette, was the most popular picture this week on Barbie & Friends, one of the largest online Barbie communities.

We currently have 753 members who have shared 7651 photos, in addition to forums, blog posts and trading and selling groups. The best part is friendship and if you love Barbie, we’d love to have you join in the fun!

You can find us here – Barbie & Friends.

Ken is wearing a hard to find Fashion Pak item called Cheerful Chef, made from 1964 thru 1967.  Yvette said it took her several months to collect all of the pieces.

1965 Commercial – The Barbie Look

I don’t know why I get such a thrill from old Barbie commercials, but I do! From the comments and likes on Facebook when I have shared them there, you love them too!

I wanted to share one today that is new to me. It is called “The Barbie Look” and it is from 1965. It features the American Girl Barbie and Bendable Leg Midge, Ken, Allan and Skipper.

In addition to the dolls. it also gives a great overview of the clothing and furniture that year. It is a fast and fun commercial – who knew they were rapping in 1965?

(“You can tell it’s Mattel, it’s swell!+ was used on all Mattel products and ads from 1959 through 1970.)

Featured Collector – Deb Nickrand

Featured Collector Deb Nickrand & her vintage Barbie dollsDeb Nickrand is our very first featured collector at Fashion Doll Guide. Many of you will know Deb and her infectious love of Vintage Barbie. Although she has only been collecting vintage a short period of time, her enthusiasm has made a tremendous impact in many online Barbie communities.

Deb, like myself and many other collectors, was born the same year as Barbie – 1959. She lives in Ohio with her husband Joe, who is very involved and supportive of her hobby.

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