Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Another Head Turner: Jam 'N Glam Christie

Christie's blue hair changes to black.

In my August 11, 2014, post, "Turning Heads," Tiffany Taylor and Taylor Jones by Ideal illustrate their swivel heads and hair color changes.   After Roxanne informed me that Mattel's Jam 'n Glam Christie from 2001 has this 1970s feature, I added the doll to my saved eBay search.  Since then, several eBay listings of never-removed-from-box dolls with prices that ranged from $25 to $50, have come and gone.   Gone, because my goal was to pay less.

Close look of Jam 'N Glam Christie

Jam 'n Glam Christie uses the Asha sculpt.  She has blue nylon fibered hair that changes to black when the crown of her head is turned.  Her new millennium plus one box date is probably responsible for the use of metallic silver fabric for her skirt that has an asymmetrical hemline.  A shimmery sky blue halter top reverses to blue with squiggly purple lines.  The long sleeves of her faux purple shrug are removable.  Sky blue platform shoes complete her look.  In addition to her "Twist 'N Turn" hair, Christie has an "Ever-Flex" waist.

Autographed head shot and two fan cards

CD case and two CDs are attached to box lining.

Accessories include purple sunglasses, headset microphone, autographed head shot card, two fan cards, two CDs, one CD cover, and instructions.   Three hair extensions, one each in purple, lime, and pink are included for Christie or child owner. 


Separately sold tour bus and other dolls in the line are illustrated on back of the box.

As illustrated on the back of box, a Jam 'N Glam tour bus was sold separately for Christie, Barbie and Teresa to travel to and from their "rock in'" concerts.

The doll I purchased was offered on eBay for $25 or best offer.  Within minutes of placing it, the seller accepted my offer of $15.  Based on the green Walmart sticker price of $14.67 that remains on the front of the box, my cost, minus shipping, was just a few cents over retail.

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14 comments:

  1. Well your patience certainly paid off! You got her for a great price, and in great NRFB condition. Mine came to me in a box of loose items from another collector, so it's nice for me to see all that she originally came with. I have the CD case, her top, and her shoes. Mine came with silvery pants instead of the skirt (must've come from Barbie). I'd sure like to have those guitars pictured on the back of the box, and the headphone mic!

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    1. Thanks again for the heads up on another doll with the turning head/hair color changing feature.

      Yes, waiting "saves." It took three months to find one at a price I was willing to pay, but you know I don't mind waiting to get what I want for the lowest possible price.

      Jam 'N Glam Christie certainly does have a lot of nice accessories. I found that tiny CD cover and the CDs impressive.

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  2. Congrats. Didn't know you were looking for her. I have her NRFB in my collection. Thought about opening her, but didn't. Thought about giving her away, but didn't. Now I will further contemplate her fate. Somehow when others are very interested in a doll, she starts looking a lot better.

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    1. If you keep her, she can serve as a perfect DJ at one of your parties, Vanessa.

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  3. Neat. Congrats on your find. She's pretty and versatile - you don't always have to keep her hair blue.

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  4. She's lovely, you made an awesome deal :-). I love her skirt, and the package is also great - are you going to try to find the tour bus too?

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    1. Thanks, Night Owl.

      I am strictly a "dolls" person. I can take or leave the accessories and for the most part it's leave them. I have no room for accessories.

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  5. That doll goes with the bus I found at the thrift store! It's neato to see the doll that was supposed to go with it. She does look glam.

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  6. Well cool, now I know someone with the bus.

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  7. I really like this blue-haired lady. She was well worth your waiting for her! Especially at the right price! I am finding that you can often get cool things that are Barbie if you wait for the right price. Sometimes you only have to wait a week! It can vary tremendously. I found some really good deals on dolls that had crushed boxes---I don't want to keep them in boxes, but I also don't want to mess up a collectible that should remain in one. If the box is ruined, oh well---as long as the doll is good---she'd better come out! Fresh and new, and no guilt for me! I've already happened on a couple of these.

    I have a question for you. I just purchased a doll on Ebay that has the most wonderful corkscrew AA hair: 2002 AA Star Skater Barbie. Her hair and face are just gorgeous, beautiful makeup too, medium brown eyes, light blush, and lovely coral lips, and she is a lovely darker brown color. Her arms are articulated, and her legs bend. The bad news is---and I was figuring this might happen, given the description of the "twirling skating action" she was supposed to possess---her mid section has a type of plastic collar that contains a string mechanism that, when pulled, causes her to "twirl". She is also a flat-footed Barbie, which I don't have shoes for yet. I have already released her from the prison of her box (I don't know if I will ever be an "in-the-box" collector), and I would like to put her lovely head on another body, but don't have spares yet, and want to match her to the right color. Do you know if Mattel just did a basic "darker brown" AA doll, or do they greatly vary in color? That is, if an AA doll looks darker than the usual light tan they most often use to indicate the biracial look, it is likely to match? It's hard to tell nuances in color from looking at Ebay and Etsy photos, but you can generally see that here is a light doll, and here is a dark doll. And I have certainly seen cases where individuals have placed heads on the wrong-colored body for resale, so one has to be careful. But if I found a mismatch at the right price, and the body was good---well, it would be worth buying.

    I definitely want her head and body to match in color, and a regular Barbie body would do wonders for this girl! Any advice would help. I want her to live her life as a doll with a regular waist, if possible...until I sort this out, she'll stay as she is, but she's getting a cramp from sitting down with that waist! Thank you in advance for anything you can tell me.

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    1. Hello Eklectic,

      I apologize for the delay in answering your question. As a rule for Mattel, AA dolls made within the same year (and sometimes several years to decade, unless they were made with skin tone variations, as in the case of the Shani line and later the So in Style line), will be the same color. I can almost guarantee that another AA Barbie with brown (not tan) complexion from 2002 will match your doll's complexion.

      Thrift shops are great sources for body donors. Dolls there will usually cost less than finding another new doll to serve as a donor. You can also match the color better in person than in online pictures.

      If your desire is for an articulated body, an articulated So In Style Kara "might" be a good match, but I am not sure the head prongs will match.

      I hope this helps. Again, I apologize for the delay in answering your question.

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    2. Thank you so much for the info! Very helpful.

      As for the delay, I figured you were "doing other things"...having your life away from your great blog!

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    3. You're welcome, Eklectic1. Yes, sometimes the real world gets in the way of my playtime. Life... it happens.

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