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2009/35/1 Dolls, Barbie (2) and Ken, with costumes, 'Barbie and the Rockers', vinyl / synthetic textile, made by Mattel Inc, Taiwan / Phillipines, 1985. Click to enlarge.

Barbie and Ken dolls, Barbie and the Rockers

Made
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Summary

Object No.

2009/35/1

Object Statement

Dolls, Barbie (2) and Ken, with costumes, 'Barbie and the Rockers', vinyl / synthetic textile, made by Mattel Inc, Taiwan / Phillipines, 1985

Physical Description

The two Barbie dolls' costumes consist of a pink 'Rockers' T-shirt, one doll has a pink mini-skirt and tan leggings; the other has a pink jacket and pants ensemble. The styling is indicative of the mid 1980s.

The Ken doll's costume is a silver long jacket and pants ensemble with a silver 'Rockers' T-shirt, and silver shoes.

Marks

see parts

Production

Notes

Made in Taiwan for Mattel Inc., of the USA

History

Owned

Notes

These dolls were purchased to go with a Barbie and the Rockers stage playset for a six year old girl by her mother in 1986. The child played with the dolls quite regularly, though the playset was probably more of an obstacle to her games than an asset to them due to the assembling required.

The dolls and playset were purchased by a curator at the Powerhouse Museum in 2009 for an exhibition on Australian life in the 1980s.

Source

Credit Line

Ex Museum stock

Acquisition Date

28 April 2009

Cite this Object

Harvard

Barbie and Ken dolls, Barbie and the Rockers 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 October 2021, <https://ma.as/395887>

Wikipedia

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