Twist 'n Turn Casey is one of the first dolls that got me addicted to collecting Barbies! I remember having Casey in the late '60s. I was fascinated with her shiny gold hot pants and a single dangling earring! In many cases, this earring has tragically turned many Casey doll ears green but my doll avoided that pitfall, somehow. Whew! This photo is from my personal collection and is still one of my favs.
Casey is Francie's fun friend who shares the same body mold as Francie which makes it easy for them to raid one another's closets! Casey debuted in 1967 with rooted eyelashes and super cute chin-length hair. Francie and Casey had a third bestie they hung out with named Twiggy #1185 who was the first "personality" doll based on the '60s top model from London.
1975-76 Baggie Casey #9000
Mattel only produced one more Casey doll, the 1975-76 blonde Baggie Casey #9000. She came in a clear plastic bag with a cardboard piece stapled to the top; that's why collectors call her "Baggie". She looks different from the '60s Casey. She has long straight hair with a non-bend knee and non-twist waist. She wore a two-piece red or pink bikini. There was also a brunette version who wore a yellow bikini, "Baggie Francie" #7699. Casey used the same head mold as Francie.
The only difference between the 1967 Casey and the 1968 - 1970 dolls is that the '67 Casey with brunette hair may have oxidized to a reddish color. The latter year dolls' hair did not change color so mine must be from that era. And for a blast from the past, here is a 1967 commercial with Francie and Casey!
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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