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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 sold
Below here is
a short presentation of all the figures that have been in
also had friends, who could wear the same size fashions
|1965...||The first figure from Barbie’s family had been Skipper the small sister with a kiddie face.|
|1966...||Followed shortly by Barbie’s 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’s 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 (Ken’s friend Allan) and to found a family, the last one in 2003 with the trade mark: "Happy family".
became Barbie’s afro-american friend, she had been sold until 2006.
P.J. (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.
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 the World"-programme.
Kira, the Asian friend of Barbie (in Europe this doll was named Marina).
Kira’s 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.
The only one of
Barbie’s 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
Barbie’s head mold are named Teresa.
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 Barbie’s 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.
Kayla 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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