Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ready For Summer?

Is anyone else ready for summer? It's been getting warmer here, the snow is melted (well, in the places the sun hits) and the street sweepers have been out in full force picking up the dirty cinder rocks left by the trucks who laid them down to make the roads safer when they were icy.

Like me, this Barbie is also ready for summer.

This is Sun Lovin' Malibu Barbie from 1979. Since 1979 is before my time, it's a real treat to get one from this decade. All of mine from my childhood are from the late 80's to the 90's. My dad has a booth in a local antique store for some sales and another booth client brought this in to sell. So he picked it up for me. Thanks Dad! :)

And, as it mentions on her box, she's had a little TOO much summer :)

Because her box is in less than stellar condition, I took this as a great opportunity to get some "deboxed but not deboxed" photos.

Her hair is still held in by plastic and her sunglasses are still there too. The mirrored look has turned cloudy over the years but maybe it can be cleaned up.

But all in all this doll is in great condition. As shown in this pic and the one with the tan lines, she is a little dusty and could use a refresh.

And I love her!

The Help!

First is the mirrored sunglasses. The fact that they were "foggy" is really odd to me. Do you think its something that could come off with water and a rag? I'd be devastated if I ruined her mirrored sunglasses. Meaning, could the rag wipe off the "mirror" effect?

And help me out readers. Is this one of the more sought-after Malibu dolls? I know there were a few "Malibu" Barbies but can't remember which is which.

And one last question. The picture on the box shows a "B" symbol on the left leg of her swimsuit. My doll does not have that. Was that a feature only on the picture? Or did mine fall off somewhere through the years?

Until next time, enjoy the wonderful sunshine!


Andrea said...

She is so cute. I also have Barbie from that line, but mine wasn't boxed. The tan lines were such a cute idea.

Mine doesn't have her glasses anymore, so I can't tell, of the matted color is regular. But if you don't use any detergents or alcohol, nothing should happen when you try with the rag. There is also the possibility polishing won't help much, as some metallic colors just have a tendency to dull with age. Good Luck!

Andtrea said...

Sorry for the typo. By the way: I am so ready for summer, but since we still have snow outside, a little spring will do for me just fine.

Forestminuet said...

I love the tan lines too. Do you recall any other dolls with a tan line? I can't. I think she was the only one. I'm going to try to clean up the glasses real soon. It's so tempting to just take her out and display her since the box is in bad shape. But I don't know!

Where I live, we are supposed to have some precip today which could mean more snow. Sad, I already had my convertible out crusing around the last few days. I don't want to put it in the garage again! I'm done with winter. :)

Anonymous said...

I have the Malibu Sun Lovin PJ (she has a Steffie face) who also has tan lines. I love her. Your Barbie is in beautiful condition for her age, what a great find!

Forestminuet said...

You are lucky to have that PJ! I love those with the Steffie face. Definitely one of a kind!