Stacey was introduced in 1968 as Barbie's Mod British friend. She came in two versions, Talking Stacey #1125 and Twist 'n Turn (TNT) Stacey #1165. Both were produced from 1968 - 1971. During this time, Stacey wore two different hairstyles and five different swimsuits. All versions came in blonde and red (titian) hair. Stacey debuted a new head mold and also had those pretty rooted eyelashes. Here's a fun commercial from 1968 with Talking Stacey and Talking Barbie! It's Eve Plumb (Jan from the Brady Bunch). Maureen McCormick (Marcia Marcia Marcia!) was in a few Barbie commercials too - here's one.
1968 Talking Stacey was from England and spoke with a British accent. She wore her side-parted long hair in a low side ponytail (with a green ribbon) and she has cute bangs. When you pull the pink string on the back of her neck, she'd talk! She could say:
Let's have Barbie over for tea.
I think miniskirts are smashing!
What's playing at the cinema? Shall we go?
Oh dear! What shall I wear to dinner?
Being a model is terribly exciting!
She wore a pink, blue and green bikini swimsuit. 1969's Talking Stacey is the same but came in a new color box (turquoise). 1970's Talking Stacey is the same too but wears a silver and blue lame swimsuit.
1968's TNT Stacey had bendable legs and wore a daring (for the times) red one-piece swimsuit. It had three white buttons and a cut-out exposing her midriff. She had side-parted hair pulled in a low pony with a red ribbon and a little curl on her forehead.
1969's TNT Stacey mixed it up with a new hairstyle - a short side-parted flip. She wore a color-blocked swimsuit in yellow, blue, orange and green with a white collar. 1970's TNT Stacey looked the same but wore a rare blue and pink floral print one-piece swimsuit. She kept her short blonde flip hairstyle.
There were two Sears exclusive gift sets with TNT Stacey and a cool fashion. 1968's set was called Stripes Are Happening and 1969's gift set was named Nite Lightning. I have the 2006 reproduction of Stacey in Nite Lightning. It's a Gold Label and only 7,700 sets were produced. The back of the box says, "In the swinging 60's, London was the center of cool and the British invasion was on. Everything was groovy and Barbie doll, always the hipster, was following the mod mood with her new friend from across the pond."
1971 was the last year Stacey was produced. She's popular among Barbie collectors because each version was only produced for one or two years, which makes Stacey harder to find.
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