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Stacey, Barbie doll's vintage British friend by Mattel

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In the Mod era, everything British was pretty groovy, baby. Stacey doll was introduced as Barbie's British friend by Mattel in 1968. Twist 'n Turn Stacey doll had long, straight hair with spit curls on her forehead and at her ears. She was available as a blond or a redhead and originally wore a red swimsuit with two white buttons. TNT Stacey had the stock number 1165.

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Talking Stacey doll, stock number 1125, was also sold as a blond or a redhead in 1968. Stacey doll had bangs and was wearing a striped, two piece bikini. She had blue eyes, rooted eyelashes and an open mouth with molded teeth. Stacey's hair was tied with a green ribbon on the left side.

The 1969 version of Twist 'n Turn Stacey debuted the short flip hairstyle. She wore a psychedelic print swimsuit. In 1970, Stacey doll continued to have a short flip hair-do. Stacey's pink and blue flower print swimsuit from this year is hard to find. The 1970 version of Talking Stacey wears a blue and silver lame' swimsuit. Stacey had two Sears exclusive gift set fashions: Nite Lightning and Stripes Are Happening. The Nite Lightning gift set was reproduced by Mattel in 2006.

A rare doll was issued in 1970 with the Stacey face by mistake. Mattel made three hair colors of the Talking Barbie doll with Stacey's face instead of the Twist 'n Turn Barbie face. Her original outfit was the same as Talking Barbie, which was a coral vinyl and white lace coverup and vinyl two piece bikini. There is a color variation of the swimsuit that is light pink instead of coral. Stacey's teeth were painted over on this Talking Barbie doll.

In 1971, Stacey morphed into Malibu Barbie in the United States and Europe and more or less disappeared as Barbie doll's friend. A couple of rare brunette versions of Stacey doll turned up in Mexico as Barbie's friend Valerie in the 1970's. Mexican Valerie dolls with the Stacey face included Peinado Magico (Quick Curl) as shown in the slideshow and an Activa (Free Moving) version.

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