Barbie Dolls Beckley WV

Local resource for Barbie dolls in Beckley, WV. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to vintage ponytail Barbie, vintage bubble cut Barbie, swirl ponytail Barbie, mod Barbie dolls, Malibu Barbie, holiday Barbie, and other Barbie doll collections.

All About Games
(304) 254-8787
319 E Prince St
Beckley, WV
 
Mahon Sharon
(304) 255-6580
108 N Vance Dr
Beckley, WV
 
Pinocchio's Books Toys
(304) 296-2332
322 High St
Morgantown, WV
 
Dream Green
(304) 723-4553
195 Palm Dr
Weirton, WV
 
Amish Hands Furniture
(304) 453-6488
1329 Chestnut St
Kenova, WV
 
Herbies
(304) 252-4061
201 Cohen St
Beckley, WV
 
Stedfast Tin Soldier
(740) 723-5453
326 Penco Rd
Weirton, WV
 
Tomb of the Unknown Fanboy
(304) 296-7300
245 Walnut St
Morgantown, WV
 
Hobbytown USA
(304) 776-7259
720 Nitro Market Pl
Charleston, WV
 
Kb Toys
(304) 422-7414
214 Grand Central Mall
Parkersburg, WV
 

“My First” Barbie

Written by Kerra Davis   
Friday, 01 December 2006 00:00

The “‘My First’” Barbie appeared on the doll scene in 1980 or 1981. Her box has the 1980 copy­right date, but that of­ten means the doll was not available for sale until the following year. Whatever the correct date, most mothers agreed it was about time such a Barbie came on the market.

Here she is—the original “My First” Barbie from 1980.Barbie was already the most famous doll ever. She was recognized worldwide as being the leading doll seller of all time. No one—whether great-grandparents or three-year-old children—needed an ex­planation as to who she was because everybody knew. 

So what was the problem? Barbie was hard to dress! Older children included the popular doll in their play world without a care, but for millions of younger girls, who weren’t as manually adept yet, it was quite frustrating. Barbie’s clothes were so tiny and fit so perfectly that getting them on and off became more a chore than a fun pastime. It was also agitating for parents. Being the good moms and dads they were, they often found themselves having to be the doll dressers be­cause it just wasn’t working for their little ones.

Mattel listened and responded: “Just slip on or close with a touch! That’s all there is to dressing ‘My First’ Barbie doll. Where did we get the idea for easy-on doll fashions? We listened to mothers like you. We know that fashions that go on easily are fashions that are played with again and again.”

Velcro fasteners plus longer and wider openings were factors making the clothes easy on and easy off. Another was the straight arms and smooth legs— limbs where clothes were not likely to get stuck. “Straight arms slip easily into clothes! Shiny smooth legs glide easily into skirts and pants!”

Hair was another “easy” feature on the “My First” Barbie. The original hairdo was not elaborate, and the hair was smooth and could easily be combed over and over with a comb and brush, which were included in the packaging. 

Produced only as a blonde, the number-one original “My First” Barbie had a middle part and two ponytails. Her clothing was a yellow wrap bodysuit with turquoise trim and yellow mules. Extra fashions in her box consisted of matching yellow pants, a turquoise knee-length skirt and a multicolor stripe sleeveless top. Her popularity with children and adults alike was clear when Mattel expanded the “My First” line by adding outfits for the doll that could be purchased separately. All these wrapped, snapped and tied quickly and easily.

A new boxed edition went on the market in 1982. The doll was the same, but the clothing was pink and white—a sleeveless bodysuit with white lace trim at the bodice and sleeves. For a change of pace, a pink-and-white gingham, full, knee-length skirt was included along with hot pink mules.

Two years later, in 1984, “My First” Barbie was wearing a white short- sleeve, knee-length dress with pink ribbon trim and lace edging at the neck. On her feet we...

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