The 1976 European Barbie #7382, like a number of other 70s Barbie dolls, looks similar to the infamous and highly successful 1971 Malibu Barbie - such as the 1974 Italian (European) Twist 'n Turn Barbie, 1975 Gold Medal Barbie #7233 and 1974's (the sports set) Sun Valley Barbie skier #7806.
This 1976 - 1977 Barbie was only released in Europe and Canada. She was also known as the "pale or pink skin" Malibu Barbie. She was a simple doll, made inexpensively with straight (no-bend) legs and a no-twist waist. She used the popular Stacey head mold and wore a blue two-piece swimsuit.
1976 European Barbie doll #7382 | courtesy of Barbie List Holland
Did you know? 1. More than 100 Barbie dolls are sold every minute, around 60 million a year. 2. Ninety percent of American children have owned a Barbie between the ages of 3 - 12. 3. Thanks to Barbie, Mattel was the third-largest clothing manufacturer in the world during the 1960s and 1970s.
Source: Life Magazine: Barbie, 2020
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