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2009/35/2 Doll's playset and packaging, 'Barbie and the Rockers', including stage, instruments and accessories, plastic / paper, made by Mattel Inc, Australia and United States of America, 1985. Click to enlarge.

Barbie and the Rockers doll’s playset

Made in United States, North and Central America, 1985.

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Summary

Object No.

2009/35/2

Object Statement

Doll's playset and packaging, 'Barbie and the Rockers', including stage, instruments and accessories, plastic / paper, made by Mattel Inc, Australia and United States of America, 1985

Physical Description

Doll's playset and packaging, 'Barbie and the Rockers', including stage, instruments and accessories, plastic / paper, made by Mattel Inc, Australia and United States of America, 1985

When set up, the playset has a black plastic floor, in two connecting pieces, with a silver glitter trim. On the back outside edges of the floor there are clips to insert the cardboard backdrops. One backdrop features an image of stars and spotlights. An arch attaches over the backdrop with the name 'Rockers' printed across it. The other backdrop features an image of a backstage room with dressing table and wardrobe. The arch that attaches over this backdrop features the image of spotlights. The accessories include a pink and a blue guitar, a pink keyboard, a stage light on stand, a TV camera on stand, and two pre-recorded audio cassettes. For the backstage setting the accessories are four hair brushes, four hand mirrors, and four chairs. There are also four doll stands, and one larger star-shaped stand.

The set is complete in its packaging, the outer box of which features a photograph of the playset assembled and with dolls on the front, and diagrams of the two alternate assemblies on the back of the box.

Dimensions

Height

350 mm

Width

560 mm

Depth

120 mm

Production

Notes

The plastic parts of the set were made in the USA, and the paper backdrop and arch were made, printed and packaged in Australia.

History

Notes

This playset was purchased to go with Barbie and the Rockers dolls 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 the Rockers doll's playset 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 March 2019, <https://ma.as/395923>

Wikipedia

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