Everyone knows Barbie’s little sister Kelly right? Except that in some countries she was called Shelley and now she is called Chelsea. Or maybe it’s a different child but why the switch and what has Mattel done with Kelly?
I was aware that a few years ago the Kelly/Tommy body was changed and that the new ones had longer legs. Naomi has a few Tommy’s and it is noticeable. I’ve never had many Kelly’s. In fact I have only three, costume dolls that Naomi gave me.
Here are two of Naomi’s little Tommy’s. One is the older style and the other I believe was a Swimmer Tommy but he is taller than his “brother” with longer arms and legs.
When I was looking online to see what the sort of playline dolls Mattel would be releasing in 2017 I noticed that the Kelly Club, sorry Chelsea Club was making something of a come back. The “Lil Friends of Kelly” were very popular some years ago and there were some rather cute dolls. Today I happened to be in Hobart so as Naomi had said she had seen some half decent playline Barbies in Target recently I went into the city store to have a look. I was disappointed to see the usual collection of dolls with a plastic torso and others that I could not get excited about. The Pink Aisle these days is more of the Pink Shelf. You really have to search for Barbies in Target amongst the other fashion dolls and accessories.
I moved on and found there were several Chelsea and little friends except that they all seem to be called Chelsea. There was a little boy, he doesn’t seem to have a name, with molded brown hair. Is he Ryan? Do Chelsea’s friends not have names now? I decided to buy a couple of dolls, the boy because there was only one there and a little brunette girl.
When I got home I deboxed her and out of interest put her next to one of my Kelly friends. My she has grown!
My how she has grown!
Barbie and her little sisters always seem to be jumping about in height. Barbie sometimes appears to be a high school student and at other times a grown woman. Skipper got taller and older and now she’s younger and shorter again. Now it is happening to Kelly/Shelley/Chelsea too.
I lined up the original Kelly sized doll, new Chelsea, Tutti and my Stacie friend Whitney. Have a look at the differences in height.
I wonder what happened to Tutti? Should we even ask? Did she just change her name to Stacie?
When I looked more closely at Chelsea I discovered that she too has a plastic molded on T-shirt and panties. As it is unlikely that any clothes will be made for her I suppose it doesn’t matter but it still annoys me.
I think its a good thing to showcase the little dolls. I think younger children like them and in the past there have been some cute playsets for them.
I just wish that Mattel were a bit more consistent with names, ages and relationships. I realise that with dolls that have been around as long as these they probably think that each new generation won’t worry about what went on previously but as I am as old as the dolls, OK older, it does bother me. I’m just too pedantic I guess.
By the way does anyone ever wonder what happened to Francie? As she was a child of the seventies maybe that is something we should not ask either.