Barbie 1966

One of the biggest misunderstandings in putting a value on Barbie is the stamp “Mattel Inc 1966”. This stamp is the same thing as any website that announces their copyright to the content, starting from when it was first published. The stamp on Barbie is the year the TNT body type (twist n’ turn) was first used in Barbie, and was widely used from the late 60’s to early 90’s. Therefore, if you have a Barbie with the year 1966 stamped in the back, you’ll need to find out more about the doll to determine whether she’s valuable or not. (The same goes with Ken.)

You will get instantly closer answer to the age of your Barbie by checking if she has a stamp in the back of her head, just in the seam joining the body to head. There has been several big revamps of Barbie’s heads; One in 1976, in 1985, then again in 1998. In a rare case the 1966 stamped TNT or Shani body is joined with a larger head type that collectors disrespectfully call BHS which means “the big head syndrome”. The large headed dolls are never older than from 2006 regardless of the stamps.

Boldly generalizing, Barbies stamped with 1966 are worth approximately 20 US dollars mint in box, so a played with doll is not worth much more than 4-10 dollars depending on the condition of it. There are some individuals that were so popular when they were new, that they have more interest value than normal. (Rockers-series, Peaches & Cream, Dream Glow etc.) Also, ironically, the cheapest dolls (such as Fashion Play -series) that were not really valued at the time and not often saved are now the ones that go for high prices because they are rare finds in good condition.

“Patent Pending” or “US Pat pend” stamps are all markings of an actual vintage doll.

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janine
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hi i have a Barbie i found cant seem to figgure her out ,she has 1966 on back indonesia and on her head has 1976 she also has white panties which is part of her bodie please help thankyou for your time and looking forward to a reply ty, janine

Sebastyne
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Not enough information, thousands of Barbies fit that description, as the article states.

Linda
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I think I have the same doll. Her left arm is bent, her right arm is straight and she has a Pearl ring on. She also has on pearl earrings. Her eyes are blue and painted (no rooted eyelashes). She has very long light blond hair with bangs. Her lips are very bright red and she has an open smile. Hope that’s more help… Thank you!

Sebastyne
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Does she show the pear ring? Could be one of the modern wedding Barbies… I can be… -series?

Robert Cox
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I have in my possession the following: Black Ken, foot#2102N (Back# Mattel INC 1968 Malaysia)Head#1967 Black Ken, foot#0137KX(Back# Mattel Inc 1968 Malaysia) Head#1983 White Ken W/earring,L/ear, 1990 Big Step, China C-601 Hasbro, Inc Black Barbie, back# 1986, Mattel, Malaysia, Head#1987 White Barbie, back#1966, Mattel, China, head#Mattel, Inc, 1976 Black Barbie, back#1966, Mattel, China, Head#Mattel, Inc, 1987 Black Barbie, back#1983, Mattel, China, head#Mattel, Inc, 1987 Black Barbie Head W/wire looking earrings# 1987 Mattel Inc. Black Barbie Head w/pink e/rings# 1987, Mattel Inc. White Barbie Body, back#1987, Mattel Inc., China White Ken, back# 1980 Big Step, Hasbro, China, ring L/hand All dolls… Read more »
Sebastyne
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These dolls belong to the superstar era and their value, depending on condition and skin colour is somewhere between $2 to $15 US dollars nude. These are best sold on eBay as a lot, or at a flea market. A photo would help people to decide whether they are interested, some collectors focus solely on this era, but the dolls are most likely rare as they were manufactured in the millions in the 80’s – the black ones are worth more as they are harder to find. You never know what you’ve got there though, a picture is important.

Maxine
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I have a “solo in the spotlight” Barbie, I believe she is porcelain. She has “Made in Japan” stamped on her lower back along with a number written in gold/bronze paint. Her back also says Mattel Inc. 1958. Is this a reproduction made in the 90’s???

Sebastyne
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Mackenzie Payne
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I have two dolls one says “copyright 1996 Mattel inc. U.S patented U.S pat pend made in japan” she has dark curly hair, has real eyelashes and red nail polish. The second one says “copyright Mattel inc. 1966 Taiwan” she has blonde straight hair. They are not in the boxes and they have been played with. Neither of them have the date on the back of the head. What does this mean?

Sebastyne
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The date is inside the rim if you’d remove the head, means nothing more than that.

Regine Vasquez
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I have this barbie that has ©MATTEL INC. 1966 at her lower back and a really tiny, ©1976 MATTEL.INC on the back of her neck. She has blonde hair, blue eyes. Her arms can just go up and down, twist and turn, her legs are rubber and straight (they’re not hollow) and when I try to bend her knees, there is this click sound, last thing, on the bottom of her feet like a small rectangle. I cut her hair before so, I’m not sure how long her hair is. (I was really young that time.)

Sebastyne
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That description fits so many dolls it’s impossible to identify from that… If that’s what you’re asking.

Jennifer Ashley
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I have a blond Barbie, no bangs, hair is a bob. She is a twist and turn, legs bend, arms do not bend. Back says 1966 China and there is no marking on her head. Is she a 1966 Barbie or just one of the common ones?

HELLA CUTIE PIE
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I have 1 <3

martha chambers
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have a 1966 barbie on butt 1976 back of neck made in china blond hair blue eyes is she worth anything

martha chambers
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i have a 1966 on butt 1976 on head made in china blond hair blue eyes is she rare moveable leggs and arms turns at waist

Toria
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Hi,

Yep, I have a beautiful brown skin Barbie and she has 1966 stamped on back, she also has stamped on her bottom letters spelling out the words Barbie and Mattel.
To me though her head does appear to be rather on the large side.
I still wonder just what might she be valued at?

Thanks for any help…

Kenitra
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I have a doll with dark skin long light pink hair she s wearing a dark pink mermaid dress. The back of her neck is stamped Mattel inc 1987 and on the back it stamp Mattel inc 1966.

Virginia
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I have a blonde barbie no bangs ,back stamp says Mattel, Inc 1966
Malaysia
Head says
Mattel, Inc 1976 taiwan
She has blue and purple eyes and purplepurple eyeshadow just on lids not up to eyebrows…who is she? Help please

Tonia Decker
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Hello, I have two dolls. One is a barbie, blonde hair with bangs, she is a TNT her legs bend but not her arms. She is pink color, and has rooted eyelashes. She has 1966 Mattel, INC. U.S. Patented U.S. Pat. Pend. Made in Japan on one buttock and the number 12 on the other. Nothing on the back her head or neck. The second doll not sure which friend of barbie she is but, she has brown hair with bangs, she also is a TNT her legs bend but not her arms. She is pink in color, she has… Read more »
Linda
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I have a Barbie with markings at the waist Mattel inc 1966 Malaysia and markings on the base of the head Mattle inc. it’s a tnt elbows and knees do not bend but the arms do swivel out at the shoulders she has blue eyes and blond hair there are also small holes in the bottom of the feet and she has hooped earrings and a matching ring on her right hand. Is she really from 1966 and what’s her value?

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