Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Malibu Barbie

I think Malibu Barbie was the toy that started my fascination with California. It was later encouraged by TV shows, especially "CHiPs," but man, other Barbies had jobs -- they were Rockettes, or vets, or teachers. Malibu Barbie just lay around in the sun, with her sky-blue swimsuit and her Jackie O sunglasses.

She's so popular, in fact, that there have been numerous reproductions of her, so you can buy one for the child in your life, or the child in your heart. (Note that at least one of the repros comes with suntan lotion--back in 1971 we didn't care about saving our skin! We just slathered on the oil and laid back.)

Malibu Barbie was and is my favorite Barbie of all time. What's yours?



4 comments:

Sylko said...

My first was Ballerina Barbie. But my favorite was my circa 1978 Malibu Barbie. She had a blue bikini and tan lines! I loved her straight hair. It didn't get frizzy like the wavy haired Barbies. I lived in Northern Califirnua which is more like Oregon than LA, so I thought she was so cool.

Elizabeth B said...

Malibu Barbie was my first Barbie. I must have lost her sunglasses pretty early on, though, because I don't even remember them! I still have the other accessories and the swimsuit along with Barbie, but unfortunately, she was the victim of my younger sister and now has a chin length blunt hair cut....

anna samantha said...

My favorite was suntan Tuesday Taylor. Not a Barbie, I know, but when my sister asked for Malibu barbie and I asked for Tuesday Taylor guess which one of us felt like we got the short end of the stick on Christmas morn... Yep, my sister!

Anonymous said...

Did she smell like suntan lotion she was also my 1st memory of Barbie and I think she smelled like lotion does anyone else remembers this