Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Mod Standard Barbie Doll, 1970-1971, Stock #1190

The “Standard” Barbie doll has two versions: the first issued from 1967-1969 and the second issued from 1970-1971. Today we will cover the second issue Standard Barbie doll.

This doll has always been one of my favorites because she is very easy to dress. The legs are made of hard vinyl making it simple to slip on hose, pants, or her bathing suit. Unlike the bend-leg mod dolls, clothing will not “stick” to the vinyl. Standard Barbie dolls also have a jointless torso (no Twist-N-Turn waist). 

The head mold used was the TNT head mold and although her box states that she has rooted lashes, she does not. The blue eyes are side-glancing (1970) or centered (1971) with the centered eye versions being harder-to-find. 

Hair colors included various shades of brunette and blonde. Titian dolls have also been found; however these are believed to be brunettes which have oxidized to red. The redhead dolls are usually found in boxes marked Light Brown. The hair length is always uneven and the sides of the hair are pulled up and tied with a band and pink bow. 

She has pink lips and blush and light brown brows. Her nails were painted coral and her skin-tone is flesh-colored (usually referred to as pink skin tone). Her swimsuit is hot pink and lime green nylon with a pink plastic flower at the left hip. 

Her body markings are as follows: Midge T.M./c. 1962 Barbie/ c. 1958 by Mattel, Inc./Patented. Her accessories included her box with a full-length photo of her in swimsuit, a clear X stand, a fashion booklet (there are several different versions), a wrist tag on the right wrist (not pictured), and a one-piece cardboard liner.


  1. Welcome to the blog, Kathie, and interesting first post!

    I find the fact that the box says "real eyelashes," and even the promo photos on the box seem to show a doll with eyelashes, but the actual doll does not, to be quite fascinating. So the promo photo problem has been around for quite a while, it seems! :)

  2. Yes, and the promo/box graphics not matching the actual doll started with the very first #1 ponytail as she was depicted in a red and white striped swimsuit on the box but of course was sold in the infamous "zebra" black and white swimsuit.

  3. I wonder how come that back when they were released the dolls weren't returned en masse when parents and children realised they don't have real eyelashes. I can imagine many people would see that as false advertising.

  4. The difference in the markings on the box is most likely due to cost. Remember that these dolls were sold as toys and not collectibles. Also, in the 70's, consumers were not as likely to be concerned about "false advertising" as they are today.

  5. I have a dark chocolate brown (I think from 1971) with forward facing eyes in excellent condition. What woud she be worth?

  6. Hi, If your doll has no major flaws such as green ear disease, a haircut, missing fingers, etc then her value would be about $125. If you have the original box and accessories the value would be much higher. Hope this helps, Kathie

  7. I have this Barbie, with the dark brown hair. I recall she came with a hot pink pair of shoes.

  8. The standard Barbie doll did not come with shoes but there were plenty of shoe paks that were sold separately. Hot pink was one of the most popular shoe colors in the mod era.


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