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 2018 celebrate 30th 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 2018 Barbie and Ken Fashionistas Dolls.
- Late 2018 and 2019 Barbie Fashionistas Dolls.
Parents of Barbie, Skipper, Todd, Stacie and Kelly (later Chelsea.)
May 31, 2018 Parents of Barbie are in The video series Barbie dreamhouse adventures.
- 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™.
- Chelsea (2017) – BIG 15 inchesH x 4.75 inchesW x 7 inchesL
- 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).