Twiggy Barbie Doll

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2015-06-26 10:30:10

The Twiggy Barbie Doll was a doll based on the British fashion model Twiggy, released by Mattel during the mid 1960s as part of their Barbie line of dolls.

 

Background information

The Twiggy doll was the first doll released by Mattel to be based on a real person, and was advertised as “London’s top teen model”.

It was produced from 1967 to 1968, and featured short blonde hair in the same manner as the model herself. The doll was created in the same size as the Casey and Francie models of the same time, meaning outfits from either would also fit the Twiggy doll.

Twiggy Barbie doll outfits

The original Twiggy doll wore a yellow, green and blue vertical-striped mini dress and yellow boots. As with all dolls, examples in their complete original outfits are far more sought after by collectors so this is the first outfit to look out for.

However, in 1968 a range of four other official outfits were released for the doll and all are equally rare. They are:

  • Twiggy-Dos (ref 1725) – A yellow ribbed sleeveless dress with green and white bands around the waist, yellow shoes and socks, a green and white necklace and a yellow purse.
  • Twiggy Turnouts (ref 1726) – An orange, white, green and yellow striped sleeveless top, a matching two-piece swim suit, a metallic silver skirt and silver/grey boots.
  • Twigster (ref 1727) – An orange and yellow checked sleeveless mini dress with long matching scarf, orange purse and shoes, and a make-up kit featuring a pink mirror and hair brush, eyelash brush, eyebrow pencil and a pink and white powder puff.
  • Twiggy Gear (ref 1728) – A pink, white and blue sleeveless knitted top, white/cream trousers, a pink wide-brimmed hat, a blue plastic belt, blue buckled shoes and a black plastic camera.

Value of Twiggy Barbie dolls

The value of vintage Twiggy dolls depends on their condition and completeness. Mint condition examples with their complete original outfits can be worth $60 - $125, whereas examples in good condition but with incomplete outfits start at around $35.

NIB (New In Box) and NRFB (Not Removed From Box) examples are highly rare, and sell for upwards of $300.

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