Barbie™ family and other principal characters
Barbie Roberts™ (1959–present) The first Barbie™ doll was described as a “Teen Age Fashion Model™” on her packaging. According to the Random House books, the Barbie™ character’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and her parents’ names are George and Margaret Roberts. She is the main character in the “Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse” series. She is teenage, schoolgirl. Her most possible age is 16 years old.
Vintage Period. Vintage Barbies (and Family and Friends) were made from 1959 to 1966
- 1959 – 1972 Barbie Ponytail
- 1961 – 1967 Barbie Bubble Cut
- 1963 – 1964 Barbie Fashion Queen
- 1964 Miss Barbie
- Late 1963 – 1967 Barbie Swirl Ponytail
- 1965 – 1967 Barbie with Bendable Legs
- 1966 – 1967 Color Magic Barbie
Mod Period. The Barbies ( Barbie, Family and Friends) were made from 1967 to 1973
- 1967 – 1971 Barbie Twist ‘N Turn
- 1967 – 1971 New Standard Barbie
- 1970 – 1971 Barbie Living
Malibu Barbie Period. One of the most notable doll in this era was Malibu Barbie which used the Stacey face and represented a significant shift in Barbie’s evolution. She was made from 1971 to 1977.
Barbie Superstar Period. The next big shift in Barbie Doll History occured in 1977, when in the era of Halter Dress and Farrah Facwett hair, Barbie underwent a dramatic transition in the form of Superstar Barbie. Barbie’s were made with the big toothy smile and tons of long blonde hair for the rest of the 1970s, all of the 1980s and a large part of the 1990s.
1980 – Present Dolls Of The World® Collection
In recent years Mattel has sold a wide range of Barbie® dolls aimed specifically at collectors, including Porcelain versions,
Also a collectible doll evolved the popularity of Holiday Barbie, which was introduced in 1988, and in 2013 celebrate the silver anniversary
In 2000, Mattel introduced the Fashion Model Collection, also known a Silkstones. They use the vintage Barbie face and have been very successful with Barbie collectors.
Beginning in 2001, Mattel began to differentiate Barbies into different classifications using Label Colors. The current classifications are:
- Pink Label (which had always been called “pink box” for obvious reasons) is used to designate play line or inexpensive dolls that available where ever Barbie Dolls are sold.
- Silver Label is used for collectible dolls with no more than 50,000 produced worldwide.
- Gold Label designates numbered editions of 25,000 worldwide or less, available at select retailers.
- Platinum Label is an exclusive designation used when the dolls are sequentially numbered editions with less than 1,000 available worldwide. They are only available from certain Barbie dealers.
- Black Label is a newer designation that indicates it is a doll designer for the adult collector. Barbie has undergone many changes and a lot of diversity over the last ten years. Now a variety of different skin tones, hair colors and face sculpts are used. Mattel released a series of twelve Black Label Basic Barbie Dolls, the next step in Barbie Doll History, each featuring different types of Barbie face sculpt.
Here are the twelve 2009 Basic Barbie Dolls and their face sculpts. The dolls pictured below are all Barbies, the name underneath them is the name their face style is called.
2013 – 2017 Barbie ‘Black Label’ dolls – The Barbie Look™Collection:
- October 16, 2015 – Barbie and Ken Fashionistas Dolls 2015 – 2016. The Barbie dolls pictured below are all Barbie and Ken Dolls, the name underneath them is the name their face style is called in Germany Mattel Catalog.
- 2016 Barbie and Ken Fashionistas Dolls (no names in catalog).
- 2017 Barbie and Ken Fashionistas Dolls.
- Summer 2017 and spring 2018 Barbie and Ken Fashionistas Dolls.
- George Roberts (1960-present) He is en engineer. He has a wife Margaret and children: Barbie™, Skipper™, Todd™, Stacie™ and Kelly™. He also has a sister-in-law, Millicent. A book character, he has not been issued in doll form.
- Margaret Roberts (1960-present) Margaret’s real last name is Rawlins but when she married in George, she moved in his last name. This fact that she called her first daughter “Barbie™” (peculiar name), meant that Barbie™ is her favorite daughter. Margaret also has an older sister, Millicent. She is a homemaker. A book character, she has not been issued in doll form.
- Ken Carson™ (1961 – present) The second character added to the line, Ken™ has been Barbie’s™ boyfriend for much of the time the character has existed. After a short break, they got back together. According to the 1960s Random House books, Ken’s™ full name is Ken™ Carson. In Barbie™ Fashion Comic #34 from 1993, Ken’s™ grandmother is named Edna. In Barbie™ Fashion Comic #52 from 1995, Edna’s father is named Kenneth. He is a main character in the “Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse” series.
- Skipper Roberts™ (1964–2003, 2010 – present) Skipper was the first character added to the line as part of Barbie doll’s family. Skipper is Barbie’s younger sister. She was first introduced with blue eyes and a variety of hair colors like blonde and brown. She is a main character in the “Barbie: Life in the Dream-house” series. In the series, she has been remodeled as a teenager with brown hair and a purple streak.
1975 Growing Up Skipper. Two dolls in one. By turning her left arm around, the doll ‘grew’approximately in inch, slimmed at the waist and developed a modest bust-line, becoming a curvy Teenager.
- Tutti Roberts™ (now Stacie Roberts) Twin sister of Todd™ (1965-1976)both Tutti™ and Todd™ were younger siblings of Barbie™ and Skipper™, and had seamless ‘bendy’ bodies. Both dolls appear to be approximately 4 years of age.
- Todd Roberts™ (1965-1976) Twin brother of Tutti™, and younger brother of Barbie™ and Skipper™.
- Francie Fairchild™ (1966-1977, 2012-2016) was a fashion doll issued by Mattel from 1966 to 1976 and re-introduced in 2011. Marketed as “Barbie‘s Modern cousin” (sic) from England, the doll had an extensive line of “mod“-style clothing, often employing bright colors and geometric patterns similar to fashions associated with Carnaby Street in the late 1960s to early 1970s. At 11¼ inches tall, the Francie doll was shorter than Barbie, but taller than Skipper, making the character presumably between the two in age.
- Stacie Roberts™ (1990- present ) Introduced as Kelly in the 1991 Wedding Day Midge gift set as the flower girl, this doll is often confused with Tutti, though the Tutti character had been discontinued for years at this time. Kelly was renamed Stacie shortly thereafter, and the Kelly name was used for a younger character.Todd’s packaging did say “Twin Brother of Stacie.” These two are not to be confused with the earlier Tutti and Todd, although some believe Stacie and Todd to be a sort of reincarnation of them. Stacie is a main character in the “Barbie: Life in the Dream house” series.
- Todd Roberts™ (1990-2001 ) Introduced in the 1991 Wedding Day Midge™ gift-set as the ring bearer, this doll should not be confused with the earlier Todd™ doll. His packaging mentions that he is the “twin brother of Stacie™,” similar to how the other Todd’s™ packaging said he was the “twin brother of Tutti™.” Mattel’s continuity for Barbie’s™ family and friends has not been consistent over the years, some characters disappear for years at a time, others are dropped indefinitely, and still others continue for years while undergoing marked changes in appearance.
- Kelly Roberts™ (1995-2010) This character is of toddler age, and is sister to Barbie™, Skipper™, and Stacie™. Originally the baby of the family (replaced by her younger sister Krissy™ Roberts in 1999), she also has five older named Stacie™, Chelsea™, Tutti™ Roberts, and Skipper™, and a brother named Todd™ Roberts. In Europe, she is known as Shelly™Roberts . Kelly™ dolls have since ceased production in late 2010 and were replaced by Chelsea™. Excluding a brief period when the design of the Kelly™ doll was changed to have an oval-shaped head, larger eyes, and longer limbs marketed under the name “Sweetsville,” Kelly™ dolls have stayed true to their original design which debuted in 1995. A Kelly™ doll was introduced in the early 1990s as part of the Midge™ and Allen™ wedding party, a set of 6 dolls dressed for a wedding. This Kelly™ doll is 7 1/2 inches tall, exactly the same size as the ring bearer, Todd™, who is wearing a Tux. She is wearing a peach dotted Swiss dress and carries a white basket of flowers as she is the flower girl. She was made for a very limited time as part of this set. She has long blonde hair. The Todd™ doll which is made from the same mold has fuzzy brown hair. They both appear to be 6 to 9 years old and are very rare and she is a very pretty little girl doll. It appears that there were no clothes other than the wedding attire made for either of these dolls.
- Kristine Krissy Roberts™ (1999-2001) This character is an infant, and is only intermittently included in the Barbie™ sibling lineup.
- Blaine Gordon™ (2004) Barbie’s Australian ex-boyfriend, whom she dated during her much-publicized “breakup” with the Ken™ character. Blaine™ is said to be the brother of Summer, one of Barbie’s™ friends.
- Chelsea Roberts™ (2010–present) Barbie’s™ younger sister. She replaced Kelly™. She appears to be approximately 5–7 years old and is slightly taller than Kelly™. The doll was first produced in 2011 as part of the “My Fab Sisters™” line. She is the youngest sister of Barbie™ currently sold (Mattel™ discontinued Kelly™ shortly before Chelsea™ was produced). She has blonde hair and blue eyes (very similar to Kelly™). Mattel has also made African American versions of Chelsea™.
- Millicent Rawlins is Barbie’s aunt and Margaret’s sister. Her first appearance was in Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale. (No doll is made)
- Lillian Fairchild is Barbie’s aunt and Margaret’s sister. (No doll is made)
- Claude Fairchild is Barbie’s uncle and Margaret’s brother-in-law. (No doll is made)
- Marlene Roberts is Barbie’s aunt and Margaret’s sister. (No doll is made)
- Vanessa is Barbie’s aunt and Margaret’s sister. She and Evan are Makena’s parents. She hates small, flying things, but she is understanding towards the Twillerbees and helps Makena to rescue their home. (No doll is made)
- Evan is Barbie’s uncle and Margaret’s brother in law. He and Vanessa are Makena’s parents. (No doll is made)
- Makena is Barbie’s cousin. She is a wealthy, spoiled girl, though she changes her personality after she meets Thumbelina. (No doll is made)
- Grandmother is Barbie’s grandmother and Margaret Roberts’s mother. She passed her love of reading onto Barbie. She is encouraging and supportive of her granddaughter. She gave Barbie a book to read that Barbie related to. Her first appearance is in Barbie and the Secret Door as Alexa’s grandmother. Note: Alexa is Barbie’s Role in Barbie and the Secret Door. She also appears in The Great Puppy Adventure as herself. (No doll is made)
- Break Summers is Barbie’s grandfather, and Margaret Roberts’s father. His first appearance is in Barbie: A Mermaid Tale 1 & 2. (No doll is made)
Barbie™- sized female friends
- Midge Hadley Sherwood™ (1963-1966, 1988-present) This character was Barbie™ doll’s first female friend, and the first character added to the Barbie™ product line, after Barbie™ and Ken™. In the Random House novels, her last name is Hadley. After she married Allan™/Alan™ in 1991, she became Midge™ Hadley Sherwood. In 2013, she was brought back in the “Barbie: Life in the Dream-house” web series. In the series, she undergoes a makeover to look more modern, though the character tends to act like she is still in the 1960’s. There is no mention of Allan/Alan in the series.
- Stacey™ (1968-1971) his character was Barbie doll’s “British chum”, part of the new group of Talking dolls for 1968. She was later issued as a Twist ‘N Turn version. These are the only two types of Stacey dolls ever made. The Twist ‘N Turn Stacey doll was available in two hairstyle versions, with two hair-colors each (a pale blonde and a bright redhead color). The 1968 dolls had long hair, the dolls from 1970 and later had a short flip hairstyle. All of the Talking Stacey dolls had a long side-ponytail hairstyle, again in pale blonde or bright redhead.
- Christiana™ or Christie™ (1968–present) (1968–present) Barbie doll’s first African-American friend character, Christie was part of the new group of Talking™ dolls for 1968. Christie was later issued as a Twist ‘N Turn™ version. The character appeared in the product line continuously for many years, though the original Christie face sculpt was discontinued in 1978. Christie is notable in that she has been romantically linked with several different male characters over the years. In 1970, she was linked with Brad™, the Talking Brad™ doll even said “Christie is the greatest”. In 1982, the Sunsational Malibu Christie™ doll had a boyfriend named Ken who used the Brad face sculpt with rooted hair. In the late 80’s, Christie was paired with Steven. The surname O’Neill is associated with the Nikki character, who is purported to be Christie’s sister, but the surname has not been associated directly with Christie.
- P.J.™ (1969-1984) This doll was initially marketed as “New ‘N Groovy Talking P.J.™”, and originally used the Midge™ face sculpt. Later versions of the P.J. character used the Steffie face sculpt, starting in 1972 with The Sun Set Malibu P.J™. One P.J. doll™, 1983 Dream Date P.J.™, was described as “Barbie™ doll’s cousin” on her box, though this was never mentioned anywhere else. To date, Mattel™ has declared that the initials P.J.™ don’t stand for anything, that it is simply the character’s name.
- Jamie™ (1970-1971) Walking Jamie™, a Sears exclusive doll, was the first friend of Barbie™ to use Barbie’s™ own face sculpt, the then-current Twist ‘N Turn™ (TNT) Barbie™ face sculpt.
- Steffie™ (1972 only) This doll was available as Busy Steffie™, Talking Busy Steffie™, and Walk Lively Steffie™. Though the character was discontinued after only a year, the face sculpt created for Steffie™ has been in use continuously ever since. The character is notable in that none of the three Steffie™ dolls featured the same eye color/hair color combination.
- Kelley™ (1973-1974) This doll used the Steffie™ face sculpt from 1972. Only two Kelley™ dolls were ever made: Quick Curl Kelley™, with peachy skin and red hair, and Yellowstone Kelley™, with Malibu tan skin and red hair. Both dolls had brown eyes.
- Cara™ (Late 1974-1977) This doll used the Steffie™ face sculpt from 1972, and was another African-American friend of Barbie™. The Cara™ character was available as Free Moving Cara™ (Late 1974 – 1976) Quick Curl Cara™ (1975), Deluxe Quick Curl Cara™ (1976) and Ballerina Cara™ (1976).
- Tracy™ (1983) A bride doll, Tracy™ was paired with a groom character named Todd™. Tracy™ was made from the Steffie™ face sculpt. Tracy™ should not be confused with the 1979 Tracy™ doll, a friend of the 1979 Starr™ doll that was Barbie™-scale, but not part of the Barbie™ character continuity.
- Miko™ (1986 – 1988) Originally available as Tropical Miko™, a Pacific Islander character made from the 1980 Oriental Barbie™ face sculpt. Miko™ was discontinued at the same time that a new character named Kira™ was introduced. In the book “Mystery at Mermaid Bay,” published in 1987 by Kid Stuff Records, her last name is Morrison. The Miko™/Kira™ doll was named Marina™ in Europe.
- Barbie and The Rockers™ (Europe namend Rockstars) female band members (1986-1987) The characters included DeeDee™ (an African-American character using the 1983 Sp
anish Barbie face sculpt), Diva™
(an East Asian character using the 1980 Oriental Barbie™ face sculpt), as well as Derek™
- Whitney™ (1987-1989) Originally available as Jewel Secrets Whitney™, several versions of this character were produced in the late 1980s. All Whitney™ dolls have brunette hair and use the 1972 Steffie face sculpt. The Whitney™ doll was named Laura™ in Europe.
- Teresa™ (1988–present) originally used the 1983 Spanish Barbie™ face sculpt for the Island Fun Teresa™ doll and the Beach Blast Teresa™ doll. Starting with the Wet ‘N Wild Teresa™ doll, the character began using the 1972 Steffie™ face sculpt. Beginning with the Rollerblade Teresa™ doll, the character began using an all-new face sculpt that has become known as the Teresa™ face sculpt. In the Grolier book High Sea Adventure from 1999, her last name is Rivera™. She is currently known as one of Barbie’s™ best friends. She starred in the web series “Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse“.
- Barbie and The Sensations™ ( Europe namend Bibops™) band members (1988) These dolls were a group of 1950s inspired singers. The Band members included in Europe with Bobby™. Band members included Bopsy™ (a light red-haired doll made from the 1986 Diva™ face sculpt), Becky™
(an Asian character made from the 1980 Oriental Barbie™ face sculpt), and Belinda™ (an African-American character made from the 1988 California Dream Christie™ face sculpt). An additional male doll was sold in Europe, named Bobby Bibops™
- Kayla™ (1989-?) Originally made using the 1986 Diva™ face sculpt, Kayla™ was the name of several very different dolls made over the years. The first Kayla™ doll was 1989 Dance Club Kayla™.In 2001, a new Kayla™ doll is introduced in “Amazing Nails™” with the Lea™ doll face sculpt. This version features a darker skin tone and dark brown hair that resembles a Middle Eastern/ Indian look. Only three series were produced with this feature: “Amazing Nails™,” “Fashion Photo™ (2001),” and is seen in the “Fashion Fever™” line.
- Devon™ (1989 only) Only available as Dance Club Devon™ in 1989, this doll was made from the 1988 California Dream Christie™ face sculpt.
- Kira ™ (1990-?) After the Miko™ character was discontinued, Kira™ was added to the line as an Asian/Pacific Islander friend using the 1980 Oriental Barbie™ face sculpt.
- Nia™ (1990) This character was only available as Western Fun Nia™, and uses the 1980 Oriental Barbie™ face sculpt.
- Shani™ (1992-?) Previously the central character in a separate line of Barbie™-sized dolls manufactured by Mattel™, Shani™ became part of the Barbie™ character continuity when she was included in a line of swimsuit dolls. Shani is named Maoni in Europe.
- Tara Lynn™ (1993) This character was only available as Western Stampin’ Tara Lynn™, and uses the 1972 Steffie™ face sculpt.
- Becky™ (1997) This character was available as Share A Smile Becky™, a disabled character packaged with a wheelchair. She also appears as I’m the School Photographer Becky™ (1998) and Paralympic Champion Becky™ (1999). This doll uses the Teen Skipper™ face sculpt. In the1998 Grolier Book “Three Cheers for Becky™,” it is hinted that her disabilities were due to a cheerleading accident.
- Lea™ (1999–2003) This character uses an all-new face sculpt that has been extensively used since, notably as Model No. 005 in the Barbie Basics line™ of dolls.
- Ana Suarez™ (1999) This character was part of the Generation Girl line™ of dolls. This doll used the same face sculpt as Lara Morelli-Strauss™, a sculpt that has been extensively used in the years since.
- Chelsie Peterson™ (1999) This character was part of the Generation Girl line™ of dolls. This doll used the same face sculpt as Tori Burns™.
- Nichelle Williams™ (1999)This character was part of the Generation Girl line™ of dolls. This doll used the 1990 Asha™ face sculpt.
- Lara Morelli-Strauss™ (1999) This character was part of the Generation Girl line™ of dolls. This doll used the same sculpt as Ana Suarez™, which has become known as the “Lara™” face sculpt. This face sculpt has been extensively used since, notably as Model No. 002 in the Barbie Basics line™ of dolls.
- Tori Burns™ (1999) This character was part of the Generation Girl line™ of dolls. This doll used the same face sculpt as Chelsie Peterson™. She is named Susie in Spain and Portugal.
- Mari Nakano™ (2000) This character was part of the Generation Girl line™ of dolls. This doll used an all-new face sculpt that was never used afterward.
- Drew™ (2001) This character was part of the Mystery Squad line™ of dolls. This doll used the 1999 Tori™/Chelsie™ face sculpt.
- Kenzie™ (2001) This character was part of the Mystery Squad line™ of dolls. This doll used the Lea™ face sculpt.
- Shawnee™ (2001) This character was part of the Mystery Squad line™ of dolls. This doll used the 1990 Asha™ face sculpt.
- Summer™ Gordon (2004–present) This doll used an all-new face sculpt. Summer is Blaine’s little sister with strawberry blonde hair and brown eyes. She is a frequent character in the web series Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. She is supposedly from Australia, but she does not have an Australian accent when she speaks in the show.
- Gillian (2005) new Fashion Fever friend of Barbie; Goddess face sculpt with pale skin, reddish hair and freckles.
- Desiree (2005) new Fashion Fever friend of Barbie; first African American Fashion Fever doll; Desiree face sculpt.
- Courtney (2005) new Fashion Fever friend of Barbie; Lara face sculpt with reddish-brown hair, blue eyes.
- Tia (2005) new Fashion Fever friend of Barbie, Lara face sculpt, tanned skin tone & brown hair with blond streaks.
- Nikki™ (2006-present) This doll appears as one of Barbie’s™ current best friends. Her last name is O’Neil in a collection of short stories published by Random House in 2010. The book is “Barbie™/I Can be a Movie Star” and the story is “A Dream Come True” by Alison Inches.
- Raquelle™ (2007-present) This doll used the Summer™ face sculpt. She appears as a nemesis to Barbie™ and later on a friend as shown in Barbie™: A Fairy Secret.
- Grace (2009–present) This doll made its first appearance in the 2009 SIS Line, she used to be a friend of Barbie who moves to Chicago and makes new Friends. She also appears in A Fashion Faitytale. In 2014 she moves back to Malibu. Her backstory is reboothed when she starts appearing in Life in the Dreamhouse. She is very smart and interested in science.
Real-world celebrity and movie character doll friends
- Twiggy™ (1967) Based on the top teen fashion model Lesley Hornby Lawson of the Mod era, the Twiggy™ doll was made using the same face sculpt as Francie™ doll’s friend Casey™.
- Buffy & Mrs. Beasley™ (1968) Based on Anissa Jones‘ character from the TV show Family Affair, the Tutti™-sized doll carried a miniature Mrs. Beasley doll™.
- Julia™ (1969,1970, 2009) The doll was based on Diahann Carroll‘s character from the TV show Julia™ and used the same face sculpt as the Christie™ doll, with different face paint and a different hairstyle. 2009 Repro: 50th Anniversary Barbie Diahann Carrol as Julia.
- Truly Scrumptious™ (1969) This doll, based on Sally Anne Howes’ character from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, was made from the Francie™ face sculpt, but used the Barbie™ body. There was a Talking Truly Scrumptious™ doll, as well as a basic version known as Standard Truly Scrumptious™ to collectors.
- Miss America™ (1972-1977) This doll was introduced in 1972 as Walk Lively Miss America™, and the following year was sold as Quick Curl Miss America™. The Quick Curl Miss America™ doll was available with only slight variations for several years during the mid-1970s.
- Marie Osmond™ (1977) Featured an all-new likeness face sculpt.
- Donny Osmond™ (1977) Featured an all-new likeness face sculpt.
- Chantal Goya™ (1977) This doll available only in Europe, and featured a unique likeness face sculpt.
- Debby Boone™ (1977) Based on the popular singer, this doll featured a unique likeness face sculpt.
- Kate Jackson™ (1978) Featured an all-new likeness face sculpt.
- Cheryl Ladd™ (1978) Featured an all-new likeness face sculpt.
- Kitty O’Neil™ (1978) Featured an all-new likeness face sculpt.
- Buddy™ (1979) This doll was based on Kristy McNichol‘s Letitia Lawrence character from the TV show Family.
- Jimmy Osmond™ (1979) Featured an all-new likeness face sculpt.