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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Sunday randomness: birth year Barbie

Yeah, I've seen a few articles like this in the past, but I'm only now getting around to sharing it.  Country Living did a breakdown of our old friend Barbie from 1959 to today, and my doll turned out to be Bopsy, from the Barbie and the Sensations.  Not my doll, by the way.  If she's yours, let me know and I will credit you.

What kind of dumb name Bopsy is, I'll never know.  Since the Sensations consist of Barbie with her 1980's triad of a black friend, a red-haired friend, and an Asian friend, I can always pretend that Belinda, Bopsy, and Becky are just stage names chosen by Christie, Midge, and Kira.

Who is your birth year Barbie?  Did you ever own her?  Discuss.

Much love,

RagingMoon1987 

10 comments:

  1. Those dolls were supposed to be 50's influenced, and I think they picked names they thought sounded like 50's names. Of course, why anyone would want to be 'Bopsy'in the 50's either is a good question. My birth year Barbie is a bubble cut or a ponytail. I have never owned a ponytail other than the later swirl Barbie (My childhood Barbie), but I do own a bubble cut...or two...or...

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    1. You can't beat a good bubble cut...or a good swirl either. I have neither...yet.

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  2. My year is Talking Barbie. Not bad, even if she was gimmicky.

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    1. Hey, gimmicky can be fun! Besides, what little girl doesn't occasionally talk to their dolls?

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  3. Color Magic? Never had her. In fact, I don't think I've ever SEEN her.

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    1. Oh yeah, she's awesome! She's early Mod-era and had clothes and hair that would change color with a special solution. I love her to pieces, but she's tricky to find.

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    2. Mattel did produce a collector's reproduction of the Color Magic Barbie at one time. But from what I can tell, she didn't actually have the color changing feature and I don't know if she's any easier to find on the secondary market than the vintage doll. Although, getting the color change feature on the vintage dolls to work isn't so easy these days, since contrary to popular belief one of the necessary ingredients for the color change isn't baking soda (also known as sodium bicarbonate) but sodium carbonate (or 'washing soda' as the original instruction sheet calls it). I read an article about this in a doll magazine once.
      Signed, Treesa

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    3. I also read that as time goes by the color changing feature stops working anyway. Doesn't stop her from being a lovely doll, though!

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  4. Bopsy is a very cute doll with a silly name. It reminds me of the Bopsy Twins book series! The doll from my birth year is the beautiful Miss America with the Steffie face. Coincidentally, I just found this doll at the Thrift Store a couple of weeks ago!!!

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    1. Oh good grief, I thought of those books when I read this doll's name. And lucky you, to have Miss America! I freaking LOVE doll, or any doll with a Steffie head (LOL). Even luckier you for finding the doll at the thrift store! I like Miss America, but I NEVER get lucky at thrift stores!

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