2 days ago i sort of celebrated the fact that i opened an Instagram account a year ago to show my collection of dolls.
I you haven't seen it yet, here it is! https://www.instagram.com/barbie80s
So what a good excuse to buy myself a new doll! 😀 And Happy Birthday Barbie was a perfect choice no?
She was released in 1980 and, correct me if i'm wrong, she was the first "Happy Birthday Barbie" Mattel ever released.
She has quite a unique hairstyle which I'm not a huge fan of but it makes her pretty unique and i like that :) Actually i like the big curly hair but I'm not so sure about the long straight hair on the back. Kind a looklike a mullet ahah. But hey, It's the 80's so it fits!!
Her gown is very lovely, with pastel colors and flowers, very summery :) I do enjoy her shoes very much too as i don't have many doll wearing shoes like that. It's usually open toe heels or pumps.
She has a bit of a ballerina look and her face remind me of the My First dolls a little bit i'm not sure why.
First of all, let's find out what's in the gift box...
It's a lovely pink medallion that you can wear with a pink ruban that comes with the doll. (I tried to find pictures of a little girl wearing it in a catalogue or a commercial, but so far, no luck...)
As a great accessories you also get a ring that you can customize according to your birth stone, isn't it great?
As you can see there's a big sticker for your ring and a little one for Barbie's so you can have the same as her!
This is why Barbie Happy Birthday's ring is flat. I think she is the only Barbie of that era with a flat ring like that.
And last but not least this Barbie comes with a booklet to help you throw the best birthday party ever !!!
The first page explains how to make a guest list and how to send out invitations.
Have you ever made a cat paper plate decoration?? Now's the time!
Before the guests arrive to party and play with dolls (of course), we need to choose our birth stone for our ring. I was born in september so mine is Sapphire. Which one is yours??
It's time for games !
I'm finding the "smallest" and "largest" categories of the beauty contest a tiny bit strange for the time because in the 80's all the barbie had the same body... but ok :)
The shopping contest looks like a lot of fun though!
It's time to open Barbie's present !
That's all for the accessories.
But there was a vinyl that was released on Kid Stuff Records in 1981. There were 6 songs on it : "Happy birthday, Barbie", "Happy birthday to you", "the way you look tonight", "You're getting better all the time", "Completely Yours", "Happy Birthday, barbie (reprise)".
I'd be quite curious to hear it!
|All Barbie's friends are here for her birthday : Skipper, Ken, Midge and Christie. (picture taken from the net)|
Even though i collect dolls from the 80's I'm still quite clueless sometimes. For example i just found out that another Happy Birthday Barbie was released in 1982 that looked almost exactly like the 1980's one!
Here's the 82 variation :
|(pictures taken from the net)|
Her hair is light auburn, her dress has lighter colors on the top and the gift box is different. I also think her make up is softer than the first one .. i'm gonna try to find her to see if her accessories are different. It looks like she also comes with a ring to customize.
My Happy Birthday doll came in a box. It was a bit used but I'm still very happy i found her NRFB!
So that's it for the birthday girl !