Barbie has been a part of my life for a long time now and although I collect other dolls and love them dearly collecting Barbie is a fascinating hobby. There are now so many variations of Barbie, her friends and her family that most of us could not possibly hope to have them all.
Different dolls appeal to different people. Some collect only vintage dolls, the Ponytails, Bubblecuts, American Girls etc. Others like the Mod Era of Twist and Turn, Living Barbie and all the fab fashions of that era. Still others may collect just one type of doll such as Skipper, Midge or Francie. My sister for example collects Ken and other male fashion dolls. Younger collectors, and some of us older ones, like the modern collectible dolls too, Fashion Royalty, Silkstone, Basics or even playline Barbies. Whatever your taste or budget there is something out there for you to collect.
As for me I like a bit of everything. The vintage dolls remind me of my childhood and I do believe their clothes were better than any playline clothing being made now. In the early 1960s all Barbie’s outfits were realistic and detailed, that’s why they are classics today.
I like some of the Mods although not their fashions so much, but I also like the Fashion Fever and Basics dolls of recent years and there were some very nice Barbies and fashions made during the late 90s and early 2000s too.
My collection reflects all these interests. I guess you could say I’m an eclectic collector with a tiny budget but I still manage to have a lot of fun with my Barbies.
The next few pages will showcase some of my favourite Barbie family and friends. Very few of my dolls are NRFB. That is because I bought a lot of them secondhand and those that I did buy new I de-boxed (gasp) because I wanted to play with them.