And if you ever played Barbie -- I did -- it's always exciting to watch a little girl get thrilled by it. It brings back all the memories.
I'll briefly share one. I had the Barbie carry case that was Barbie & Skipper. And it folded out with beds for them and I think a couch and a table also folded out. In addition, there was a 'dream house.' Not the things like Betty's daughter has now that are two stories plus a deck on the roof (for three stories). This was cardboard. Later it would be vinyl treated cardboard. But I had one of the first dream houses. (My mom uses it as a conversation piece in the living room. I'm not joking. And it's a conversation piece.) I had Skipper and Francie.
I knew things were changing after I was an adult and my niece had Malibu Barbie and the beach house.
What I wouldn't have given for that beach house. It was sturdy. And it was great. I was so in love with it. I even was able to overlook the fact that Malibu Barbie looked like she had a case of jaundice.
By the time she was done with Barbies, her youngest sister was just starting and she said to me, "Aunt Kat, she's got a Skipper with growing boobies. Who needs that? Things were better when I was a kid." She was fifteen at the time. :D
But I did agree with her about Skipper. What the hell was that. And she had a bi-level on top of that, a Suzi Quatro, Leather Tuskadero haircut.
But you rotated her left arm completely around clockwise and her boobs popped out. You rotated the arm counterclockwise a full round and her boobs popped back in. I think it was called Growing Skipper. But I do agree, "Who needs that?" You either want a little girl or you want a woman doll.
I know the Tuesday Taylor dolls spun around so that they could have black hair or blond (they had a half of each and you spun the top of the head around) but that was hair color. Skipper with boobs and Skipper without isn't the same thing, it's a character in two completely different stages of life.
I didn't mean to go on so about Barbie's but that's fine. And you know I'm lazy so I'm stealing this from Third to note who I talked about here:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
I didn't talk about Marcia but she and C.I. and I all tagged along with Trina (read Trina's post!!!) and it was a lot of fun. She has a Barbie story she is trying to save for if we do a Barbie piece at Third.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"