Toys of the Seventies, Malibu Barbie

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just saying the name gives me that feeling of being a kid again. : ) i remember always wanting a "malibu barbie"!!! i thought she was sooooo pretty. i am not talking about the 2nd or 3rd versions that came out of her. i am talking about the original "malibu barbie" that came out in the early 1970's. i thought she had the prettiest face. my cousin, who was 7 years older than me had a "malibu barbie" and every time we went to visit them, i always wanted to play with that barbie. and she was pretty beat up at the time. i mean her hair was frizzy, and she had missing hairplugs in the front, so she was bald on top like an older man with male pattern baldness. it looked like she had a very, very big forehead. but to me she was the prettiest one. and now, present day, i still have that "malibu barbie". when my older cousin grew out of playing with dolls and barbies, she passed them down to me and another cousin. guess which was the first barbie that i picked??? yup!!! the "malibu barbie". and i still have her to this day. but i never got a brand new one as a child. the first barbie that i did get was "malibu p.j." and i loved her just as much. but i only had her for a week until her head split apart at the back of her head where her hair parted for her 2 ponytails. the one thing that both of these dolls had in common was that their hands were not straight down to her sides. her wrists were kind of flared out at the sides, and her thumbs were towards the front. to me, it sort of looked like their hands were positioned like if they were leaning on a table or hand rail or something. i, myself, call these style of hands, "dolphin" positioned hands. i think that is probably the style of arms that were used on the barbies from the late 1960's, like the talking barbies, and the walking ones too. they were on the barbies that had the rooted eyelashes. does anybody remember the different postions the barbies arms were in like me, or am i just obsessive about details??? : )
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Lisa B. - June 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I kept my Malibu Barbie from my childhood and I will take a picture and submit. I must have good memories from our time together as I have kept her all this time. Mine has all her hair, long and straight, and her cool sunglasses.
KASG - September 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I had Malibu Barbie, the orginal too. We had gotten rid of her in later years. My mom bought me the reproduction last year. She is so pretty and take me back to my childhood. I am so glad they came out with the reproductions.
Janice - November 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I had the original malibu barbie,my sister got for me,i was so awestruck over this doll with the sunglasses,and the little beach towel,i believe it was yellow,i was quite young,i'm 44,i pretty sure i hung on to the box she came in for awhile.I love her so,and my sister for gettin her for me.
Shelly - August 03, 2014 - Report this comment
Was this the one that came in a bikini and was tan (you could see the tan lines if you took off her bikini)? The one I had was wearing a kind of light blue/teal suit. We had a Ken that was the same with the tan lines. He has blond molded hair (not stringy like Ken has now) and his head kept popping off...we had trouble with one of his arms too.
Rob Lambert - January 06, 2016 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning cartoon vault, an early TV commercial by Mattel, the Sun Set, with Malibu Barbie, Ken, Francie and Skipper. Jingle: What's New Under the Sun? This aired (along with Major Matt Mason/Scorpio figures) on the "Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp Hour" over ABC (2/13/71).

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