1972 Walk Lively Steffie
Barbie gained a new friend in 1972, Steffie. She had a gorgeous new head mold that has been used for numerous Barbie family dolls over the years. Walk Lively Steffie was brunette with brown eyes and had pretty rooted lashes. She came dressed in a pink and white print jumpsuit with a sheer pink scarf and red pilgrim shoes. What made Steffie unique is that when she is placed on her walk 'n turn stand and pushed along, her arms and legs move back and forth as her head looks from side to side! Walk Lively Barbie (#1182) and Walk Lively Ken (#1184) were also produced that same year in '72.
Barbie's vibe changed in the early 70s and this was considered the era of "action," whether it was talking, walking or carrying accessories. This new level of articulation allowed Barbie to pose in a more realistic fashion. The Live Action dolls could dance, Busy Steffie could grab things with her newly-designed hands and this Walk Lively Steffie could strut her stuff!
Moving bodies, extending hair, and a kissing mechanism were some of the added actions Mattel developed for Barbie dolls and her friends in the 70s. More examples of Barbies that could do things are Dramatic New Living Barbie, Barbie with Growin' Pretty Hair and Quick Curl Barbie.
Some considered these types of Barbie dolls gimmicky and, I have to admit, I much prefer the dolls produced before the action era. They seemed to be of better quality and the fashions were much cooler! I love, love, loved the 1969 Fab Fur #1493 (fake fur, of course, Barbie loved animals!), and 1969's Golden Groove with gold boots #1593.
What are your fav Mod Barbie fashions?
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4/17/2017 10:09:37 pm
I love all of the modern era Barbie fashions but I think of all my favorites Francie's outfits are the most fun to collect. I especially love the hats, purses and accessories that come from this era‼️ The bright colors, flowing gowns and adorable styles have always mesmerized me.....I cant help but smile with delight every time I look over my gorgeous collection of barbies 😊
I absolutely agree Monica! I love Francie's fashions too. Some of my favorites are Gold Rush #1222, Pazam #1213, Floating-in #1207, Go Gold #1294, and Check This! #1291 - which I'm on the hunt for. My absolute fav Francie fashion is #1275, Bells, from 1967. I'm hoping to add it to my collection soon!
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