Can you help identify this Barbie doll? #CollectibleToys #VintageDolls

Here we see a brunette Barbie doll with bangs and a vintage-style Malibu Barbie body. She wears a 1960's fabric swimsuit bottom in hot pink, green, and yellow spackled colors and a more modern white and blue bra that was designed by Chelly Wood for the ChellyWood.com doll clothes sewing pattern website. The doll has a Steffie face mold. Her hair is dark chocolate brown with a slight wave and curly bangs (fringes).
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Can you help me identify this Goodwill find?

I recently discovered this lovely lady at my local Goodwill, for less than $3.00, and what a find! Her hind quarters indicated that she was a vintage Barbie doll, but her face doesn’t look that old. So I think we have a “mix-and-match” going on here.

Sometimes a year will be printed on the back of the doll’s head, but I didn’t find anything like that under her hair. It was devoid of information.

However, as you’ll see below, she does have the year “1966” stamped just above her “twist and turn” waist:

We're looking at the back of the 1966 Barbie body. Just above the top of the swimsuit bottoms (just above the waist of the panties) we can read "Copyright Mattel, Inc. 1966" and "China."
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I fear someone may have tied her to a Tanka truck and dragged her through gravel because she had quite a large wound on her right arm. Poor thing!

A side view of the vintage Barbie body shows the full chest of a typical Barbie of 1966, but the arm of the body (right arm of the doll) is clearly scuffed, almost like tiny tire tracks are dug into the plastic of the arm for about two centimeters that span from the start of the shoulder to the middle of the upper arm.
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She wasn’t stinky though. I hate when you buy them packaged and then get them home, only to discover they smell like Grandma’s attic — as if mice had been nesting in their hair! That was NOT the case with this lovely lady. Thank heavens!

I’ve done a little online research, though, and I’m starting to think she has a Mattel 1966 Twist-and-Turn Malibu Barbie body with a 1990 or 1991 Steffie face mold Hispanic Barbie head. What are your thoughts?

Here’s a close-up of her make-up:

In this close-up of the Steffie face mold, we see that the Barbie has blue eyes with blue eye shadow and pale pink lipstick. The lips are slightly parted in the typical Steffie face mold style. Her hair is tousled and her long neck's "tan" color matches the face of the doll nicely -- almost as if the two plastics of the body and the face were truly meant for each other.
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The original face paint is really in beautiful condition! Don’t you think so?

Her hair was a little messy, but with a wash and soak in warm water combined with a teensy bit of fabric softener, I should have her hair looking “so healthy, it shines” in no time!

My kids and my husband torment me every time I go through this process of revitalizing Barbie hair. They say, “Look, Mom is pickling Barbies again!”

A photo of Chelly Wood's kitchen counter shows a vintage Barbie soaking in a glass of water or clear liquid, head-down, with a hand soap dispenser beside her and tiles that edge the stainless steel sink nearby.
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What I’d like to do is get this little lady identified, cleaned up, and looking her best. Then perhaps I’ll make her some pretty clothes to wear that will cover up her battle-scarred arm, and (disclosing all flaws of course) I’ll sell her on eBay for a fair price. I mean, after all, isn’t she still worth playing with?

I’m sure she is!

If you think you can help identify her (or her parts), feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Barbie, MTM Barbie, Francie, and Vintage Barbie dolls are products offered by Mattel, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Mattel Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.

Liv dolls were products designed and distributed by the Spin Master company, which still makes dolls and toys today (although the Liv dolls are no longer in production at the time of this blog post). The Spin Master company held the trademark for the Liv Dolls (™). Please visit the Spin Master Toys and Games website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys and games. Please be aware that the Chelly Wood animated doll is a Spin Master Liv doll that has been re-painted and had its wig colored to appear to look like the real doll clothing designer, Chelly Wood. This was done as a creative project by Chelly’s daughters, and the Spin Master Toys and Games company was not involved in the doll’s makeover in any way.

14 thoughts on “Can you help identify this Barbie doll? #CollectibleToys #VintageDolls

  1. Her name would be “Teresa”.. more in the 70’s or 80’s, I think, than 60’s. I started working in ’73 after high school during those years and established quite the Barbie collection, because I was able to pay for it!!!!

  2. The Steffie face is one of the loveliest of all the Barbies. I wonder if heat applied to her arm and then smoothed down when (if?) the plastic softens. She doesn’t have click arms, does she?

  3. I think you are right about her being two of a kind. You did a wonderful job cleaning her up and making her pretty. You are very good a what you do anyhow.

  4. Hi Shelly. That’s just a patent date. She is a Teresa from the 1980s. Also be careful if water gets into her body she will develope green spots when the metal inside rust. Water should never hit the neck. Vintage dolls have the information on the right but cheek. Underneath her hair line in the back should also have a face mold date.

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