Thursday, August 31, 2017

More Vintage Black Barbies and Other Shelved Dolls

Three-shelf bookcase contains boxed vintage Barbies and other fashion dolls

Because I could not access SuperStar Christie for my previous post, the need to take a quick inventory of my boxed, shelved vintage Barbies became apparent.  A few larger dolls and one 30-inch boy doll seated on a child-size wooden rocking horse were moved to gain access to the bookcase of three shelves of dolls.  Each shelf was photographed individually.  I also recorded the names of the dolls on each shelf.  Prior to photographing the three shelves, I had already removed the rest of my Malibu dolls to photograph.  Since the Malibus were not on the shelf at the time the shelf photos were taken, I took group and individual photos of these, which are shared first.

Malibu Dolls, L-R:  Sun Lovin' Malibu Christie, Sunsational Malibu Christie, Sunsational Malibu Ken, and Sun Gold Malibu Barbie

Sun Lovin’ Malibu Christie has a box date of 1978.  She has the Steffie head sculpt.  Her innovative feature is her tan lines, which are illustrated in the above photo by the lighter brown areas that her two-piece swimsuit covers.  

There is an illustration of Sun Lovin' Malibu Christie and other Sun Lovin' dolls on the back of the box.  

Sunsational Malibu Christie (box date 1981), has the Teresa head sculpt.  The front-of-box image, however, is an AA doll with Steffie head sculpt.  The back of this doll's box illustrates other dolls in the Sunsational Malibu series, including AA Sunsational Malibu Ken (a.k.a. Afro Ken, 1981).  Afro Ken is seen on the back of the box posed with the Steffie-faced doll.  The same graphics were used for the back of his box.

Sun Gold Malibu Barbie (1983) also uses the Teresa sculpt.  The side panel of her box shows an image of the actual doll.

Bookcase Photos:

Top Shelf
Top Shelf:  The dolls and other items on the top shelf of the bookcase are:  Free Moving Curtis, boxed Tiffany Taylor Fashion, Free Moving Cara, Ballerina Cara, Barbie Stila makeup canister, Dave Cub Scout, Cool Sitter Teen Skipper, Golden Dreams Christie, WNBA Christie; Shani, Nichelle, Asha (in colorful gowns that transform into other fashions); Shani’s boyfriend Jamal in yellow/gold suit, and a Shani fashion.

Middle Shelf
Middle Shelf.  On this shelf are:  2003 Boxed Barbie Fashions “Trend” and “Style” (see next photo) and 2002 Fashion Avenue box that contains a Fashion Madness Kenya fashion with a guitar that Jem Shana has claimed (see last photo), Malibu Christie (yellow swim suit), Carla, Magic Curl Barbie, Beach Blast Asha, Beach Blast Christie, Beach Blast Steven, Island Fun Barbie, Malibu Christie #2 (yellow swim suit), Beach Dazzle Shani, Surf’s Up Beach Steven, Prince Naveen in Steven Box, Island Fun Steven, Surf’s Up Beach Barbie, Beach Streak Nichelle, Grown Up Tammy, Big Brother Ken and Little Brother Tommy, Hawaiian Fun Steven, Live Action Christie, Hip 2B Square Christie, Cali Girl Christie,  Red White Warm Christie (a Barbie Fan Club exclusive), Dynamite Girls Boogie Beach Reese, and Shave ‘N Style Ken.

I had to have these two retro Barbie fashions when I saw them at Toys R Us sometime during 2004.  One is labeled Trend; the other is labeled Style.  The Fashion Avenue fashion that was in the third blister card on the second shelf is now worn by Rock Star Kenya, who is a suitable stand-in for the elusive Get Christie Love doll.

Bottom Shelf
The bottom shelf dolls from left-to-right/top-to-bottom are Kissing Christie, Sergio Valente Fashion Doll, Flower Power Barbie,  Sergio Valente Male Fashion Doll, Big Jack, Talking Julia, Jem Starlight Girls Krissie, Barbie in a Mermaid Tale Steven, Jam ‘N Glam Christie, Reproduction Julia, another Reproduction Julia, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Barbie, Twirling Ballerina Barbie, Dance Moves Barbie, Jem Shana, SuperStar Christie (seen in next photo), Brad, Butterfly Art Christie, and Purple Panic Christie.

SuperStar Christie (1976), who was unable to be photographed for my previous post because the box was on the formerly obstructed bottom shelf, posed for the above photo.  Her box is in poor condition (most of my vintage Barbie boxes are) but as I have often said, "I collect dolls, not boxes."  The back of her box illustrates the doll and her attributes:  Gorgeous new face & long sunstreaked hair!  Arms that pose like the models do!  Twisting waist! Fabulous evening dress & silver-sparkle stole!  Shining "diamond" ring! Many glamorous model poses!

Shana with a little wardrobe malfunction on the left is enjoying her new guitar.
Thanks to this inventory and my finding the Fashion Madness Kenya fashion formerly worn by Rock Star Kenya, Shana now has a guitar.  The guitar is smaller than she desires or deserves, but it will work for now.

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  1. Loving these vintage doll photos...thank you so much for them!

    1. You're welcome, Eklectic1. Sometimes one has to take stock of their stock. This was me doing just that.


  2. Thanks for sharing these photos of your play (and other) scale fashion dolls. Cool that Sun Lovin’ Malibu Christie has tan lines. Thanks for sharing that detail, Debbie!

  3. Ah, Shana is stunning. All of these are gorgeous. I also enjoyed the linked pictures. Sergio Valente's male doll looks like an Italian movie star:) Thanks so much for sharing your pictures.
    I didn't know there was a black version of Tammy.She must be exceedingly rare.When I last searched for one a couple of years ago, the results were zero when I said African-American and always the Mary Poppins Tammy when I said Black because she has black hair ;)

  4. What an amazing collection...Shani is so on my Want List...There is just something about those pink boxes...classic Barbie with flashbacks to the toy aisle when I was growing up. I'm so glad Shana got her guitar, mine has her's too, they need to organise a jam session!! 🎼🎶

    1. I pulled out my Shani's today and documented them. They'll be featured in Monday's post. Everything in that area of the room (well almost everything) is now organized and back in its place.

      Yes, our Shana's need to organize a jam session. That would be awesome!


  5. Did you know that there was a Christie Styling Head based on the Golden Dream Christie doll? Alas, I don't own one anymore so I can't show you a photo.

    1. I have seen Barbie styling heads but I didn't actually know one was based on Golden Dream Christie. I found this pinned photo on Pinterest of that particular styling head. It looks like she's had lots of styling done to her hair.



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