One of many different types of Super Star Barbie from the 80s
Francie was a younger cousin of Barbie with a Mod attitude.
Left to right: French Dancer Barbie, Native American Barbie second edition, and Fun to Dress Teresa. These dolls are from the early 90s, my favorite time for Mattel dolls. I collected a lot of Mattel dolls in the early 90s, until I discovered Sailor Moon and Takara Dolls.
Work Out Skipper
There are two versions of Work Out Skipper each is slightly different from the other. This version of Young Teen Skipper has developed spots on her legs. The spots could be white or orange in color.
Hawaii Fun Christie 1990 in original suit
Boo-tiful Halloween Barbie Doll 2004
This doll with white hair is popular. She is a Ghost. She was one of the last Barbie created before Mattel redesigned Barbie's Body.
Cali Ken Doll 2004 The more popular Ken Dolls had real hair instead of molded hair. Ken generated many clones such as Andy by Eegee. G. I. Joe has nothing to do with Ken and was created by Kenner. Did you know early Ken had a friend doll named Allen? Allen married Midge and then disappeared out of Ken's Life. Barbie and Midge don't hang out together anymore either.
Two Versions of Surfer Kayla a Kelly Club Doll
Kelly and Todd are younger then Skipper dolls often used as ring bearer and flower girl in Barbie and Midge wedding sets. One of the dolls is more rare and referred to as a lemon head. The doll with the smaller head was redesigned to look more natural in 2003.
What Fashion Doll page would be complete with a mention of Barbie which is a copyright of Mattel Inc? The 90s are my favorite Mattel Era. There is a Bay Area Doll Club that meets in San Francisco, and also The East Bay, North Bay or South Bay. They do not have a website, so if you are interested in joining contact me on Twitter. There are no fees to join or attend. The emphasis of the Doll Club which is sometimes called "Dolls and Divas" is upon Adult Collector Fashion Dolls with Fashion Royalty and Tonner Dolls taking center stage. Although, the club members sometimes give presentation on other types of dolls. Each monthly meeting has a doll "show and tell" and a doll raffle. Past presentation have included BJD dolls, Vintage Mattel Dolls, and I did a presentation on Clone Dolls which you can see on My You Tube Channel.
Barbie and her Friends and Family
Maxie vs. Jazzie and A New Line of Jem Dolls
Hasbro discontinued Jem in 1987, and released a teenaged doll called Maxie. Maxie was an average high school girl and not a glamour rock star like Jem. Immediately Mattel released Jazzie who was a clone of Maxie.
Neither doll was successful. I have one Jazzie in my collection, Glitter Beach Jazzie. Jazzie was supposed to be a cousin to Barbie like Francie. But, Jazzie looked a lot like Maxie, so buyers could pick Maxie or Jazzie. Jazzie was not a lower quality plastic so she does not qualify for clone status, but merely copy cat status. I found Jazzie to be more attractive then Maxie. Maxie lasted for three years. Once Maxie was disconnected Jazzie was stopped as well. At the time I was so upset about Jem not being made anymore that I refused to buy any Maxie Dolls, and I started to buy Barbie Dolls shortly after the demise of Jem. One trend in dolls has been to make the playline dolls for children cheaper and cheaper. Maxie was made cheaper then Jem. But, still she is vintage and not as cheap more modern dolls. The nicest looking Maxie was an early Swim suit Maxie called Beachy Keen. Hasbro just gave up and stopped making fashion dolls for a while.
Then something new and exciting happened! Integrity Toys got the license from Hasbro to make the new line of Jem dolls for adult collectors. The new dolls included the Stringers Dolls which were only prototypes, and other characters who did not previously have dolls in their likeness. Jem was greatly improved by not have two color hair similar to a Tuesday or Tiffany Taylor doll. Jem's hair is now all pink, and Jerrica is a separate doll with blond hair. Other improvements include Jem Star Earring that look more correct, and make up and hair colors on the Jem and Misfits dolls which is more accurate to the cartoon. The new Clash Doll comes with quick change heads, so she can be her correct characters in disguise.
Barbie is a registered trade mark of Mattel Inc.
I have nothing to do with Mattel, and these doll are not for sale. These dolls are only for reference.
All of the photos on this page are made by Mattel. All the photos are taken by me and all of these dolls are in my personal collection. This opinions on this site are not the opinions of Mattel and are no reflection on Mattel.
Page Updated Dec. 24, 2014
Mattel added more diversity to the Mattel Line of Dolls in the 1990s.