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

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

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Summary

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Doll's playset , '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.

Dimensions

350 mm
560 mm
120 mm

Production

The plastic parts of the set were made in the USA, and the paper backdrop and arch were made, printed and packaged in Australia.
1985

Cite this Object

Doll's playset , 'Barbie and the Rockers', including stage, instruments and accessories, plastic / paper, made by Mattel Inc, Australia and United States of America, 1985 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 November 2017, <https://ma.as/404358>
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