Shani and Friends Soul Train Dolls

Name: Soul Train Shani, Asha, Jamal, and Nichelle Made by and When: Mattel, 1993 Material: Vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches (Shani, Asha, and Nichelle) and 12 inches (Jamal) Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Shani and Nichelle have rooted long black hair; Asha has auburn rooted hair. Jamal has sculpted black hair/painted brown eyes/smiling mouths with painted appearance of teeth. Clothes:Continue reading “Shani and Friends Soul Train Dolls”

SuperSize Christie

Name: SuperSize Christie Made by and When: Mattel, 1976 (released in 1977) Material: Vinyl, rigid plastic Marks: Head markings: Taiwan/©1976 Mattel, Inc. Body markings: ©Mattel, Inc. 1976/U.S.A. Height: 18 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Brown rooted waist-length hair with golden highlights (sun streaked) and a side part, hazel painted eyes, smiling mouth with painted teeth areaContinue reading “SuperSize Christie”

Ava DuVernay Barbie

Name: Ava DuVernay Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2015 Material: Articulated vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Multiple rooted twists/painted brown eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Black turtleneck, blue jeans, red and white sneakers, copper charm bracelet and faux wood bangle Other: Designed by Linda Kyaw, uses the Mbili head sculpt fashioned after writer, film director/producer AvaContinue reading “Ava DuVernay Barbie”

Misty Copeland Barbie

Name: Misty Copeland Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2015 (released in 2016) Material: Articulated vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Brown rooted hair styled up in a bun/brown painted eyes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: Red bodysuit with sunburst orange tulle cutouts; layers of red and orange tulle create a red tail, tulle headContinue reading “Misty Copeland Barbie”

40th Anniversary First Black Barbie

Name: 40th Anniversary First Black Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2019 copyright, released in February 2020 Material: Vinyl Marks: Unknown (doll is still boxed) Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black upswept Afro puff/brown painted/full red lips Clothes: Shimmery red flowing, trumpet-style gown with cut-away sleeves and side split, red high-heel shoes, bold gold necklace inspiredContinue reading “40th Anniversary First Black Barbie”

1980 Black Barbie Reproduction

Name: My Favorite Barbie 1980 Black Barbie Reproduction Made by and When: Mattel, 2009 (released in 2010) Material: Vinyl Marks: Unknown (doll remains attached to box liner) Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black Afro/brown painted eyes/red painted pursed lips Clothes: Red two-piece shimmery top and skirt. The skirt is longer than the first Black Barbie’s skirt.Continue reading “1980 Black Barbie Reproduction”