Saturday, May 17, 2014

Doll-A_Day 137:Skipper Saturday: 'Color Magic' Straight Leg Skipper in Tea Party

  Today's Skipper Saturday doll is one of my favourites!

Those little flowers are real.

I don't know what they are, but they're the perfect size.
She's a straight leg Skipper with something special.

She's what's known as a 'Color Magic' Skipper. These dolls were rooted with brunette Color Magic Barbie hair. Over time the hair on these dolls has oxidized to various shades of red, usually a carroty orange.

The way to tell for certain that you have a Color Magic Skipper, and not just an interesting red shade,is to look for the paint on the scalp. A regular red head Skipper would have a scalp painted a similar colour of orange, to match the hair. A Color Magic doll will have a brunette painted scalp with orangey hair.

This doll has beautiful colouring, a lovely face and bright orange hair.

Her hair is silky, but a bit thin. I'm not sure if it was rooted thinly or has thinned over the years.

She's wearing Tea Party, from 1966.

Tea Party includes the dress, with flocked flowers, and yellow flats.

 The accessories were a 'silver' tea pot,two 'silver' spoons, 2 each turquoise plastic plates, cups, and saucers, two pieces of styrofoam cake with pink 'icing' stripes, and two cloth place mats. I actually only have one plate, but I'm working on it.The cake and place mats are the hardest parts to find. The tea pot was also available as Barbie's coffee pot, and has the Barbie "B" on it.

I got this beautiful doll online in a lot of 11 Skipper dolls, a case, and a few pieces of clothing.Tea Party wasn't in the lot, but it suits her so well.

She has a little bit of a lip rub, but she's so nice otherwise that I'm hesitant to fix her and ruin her originality.

I was hoping to get to keep 3 or 4 of the dolls that really stood out to me in the auction photos, by selling off some of the other things until I made my money back. The first thing I sold turned out to be a vintage Betsy McCall cowgirl outfit.It paid for all but $7 of what I spent on the lot, so I let myself keep everything else! Yay!

The other dolls were of varying quality: chewed noses, cut hair, etc. But besides the Color Magic Skipper there was also a beautiful brunette Sample Skipper, with a pretty powdery complexion. I'll show her to you in the upcoming weeks of the summer.

That's all for this week's Skipper. See you tomorrow.


  1. I am learning so much from this post.
    My sister was a year older than me, so she got Barbie and Skipper.
    I got the friends and sidekicks. I had Midge and Skooter.
    She got Ken, I got Allen.

  2. What I wanted to mention is that every year Ms Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist blog puts on a world wide tea party blog hop. I think you would add wonderful things to the party and I hope you will join.

    1. Thanks for your comments.I had Barbie and Ken, and my sister had those and more.Neither of us had Skippers as kids, so I'm making up for it for BOTH of us!


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