Barbie Dolls Missoula MT

Local resource for Barbie dolls in Missoula, MT. 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.

Muse Comics
(406) 543-9944
2100 Stephens Ave Ste 107
Missoula, MT
 
Joint Effort
(406) 543-5627
1918 Brooks St
Missoula, MT
 
Now Then
(406) 541-4006
1635 South Ave W
Missoula, MT
 
Treasure Chest of Crafts
(406) 549-7992
1612 Benton Ave
Missoula, MT
 
Ellie Blue Timeless Gifts
(406) 728-8889
328 E Pine St
Missoula, MT
 
Learning Tree
(406) 543-0101
2901 Brooks St Ste B3
Missoula, MT
 
Big Sky Billiards Supply
(406) 549-1100
1521 S Russell St
Missoula, MT
 
Rockin Rudys
(406) 542-0077
237 Blaine St
Missoula, MT
 
World Games of Montana
(406) 541-4386
115 W Front St
Missoula, MT
 
Theresa's Dolls Gifts
(406) 273-6332
5908 Eastside Hwy
Florence, MT
 

“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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