Barbie Townhouse 25th Anniversary Edition

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Okay, here’s one especially for the retro-girls out there…and the more open-minded retro-boys. Do you all remember the Barbie Townhouse? I don’t mean the Dream House — which I got to play with at my friend Ana’s house, but never got to own myself — I mean the Townhouse. The 3-story, 3-feet high swanky pad with stylish ’70s interior (plastered on the back wall) was one of my favorite toys of all time.

I’m working on a in-depth retrospective on the Townhouse, for release later this month, but I thought I should alert everyone to the 25th anniversary update of the 1974 Barbie Townhouse that comes out on July 1st. As with the original, the new version includes 3-stories and the awesomely fabulous elevator, which I assume is still pull-string operated.

Unlike the 1974 edition, the new Townhouse includes lights and sounds on every level. As Barbie enters her home through the front door, she’s greeted by the warm and inviting light-up chandelier, dining area, and fully stocked kitchen. Ken will be wowed by the roaring fireplace (complete with crackling sound effects) and pop-up flat screen TV in the 2nd floor living room. After relaxing in the outdoor hot tub, complete with mood-setting tiki lights, perhaps Ken will get to see Barbie’s demure canopy bed…you see, the outdoor hot tub area connects directly to the 3rd floor bedroom suite, or should I say sweeeeet.

In my day the elevator was the best feature — and probably still is — but kids today, who require more active stimulation, will be entertained for hours with all of the bells and whistles of the new Barbie Townhouse. Actually, I can’t wait to play with it myself! My only complaint: Too much pink.

No Barbie collection is complete without this dynamic abode. Be sure to
order yours via Amazon today!


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6 thoughts on “Barbie Townhouse 25th Anniversary Edition

  1. Some 80's Girl says:

    Now this is how you reissue and upgrade a retro girl toy: add new features that make sense (the tv, the working lights) and then DON’T CHANGE ANYTHING ELSE. Are you taking notes Hasbro? Really, they just brought back twelve of the original My Little Ponies (in four very nice three-packs). Then they just suddenly stopped. Why can’t they reissue the fan-favorite characters exactly the way we remember them, much like Playmates is currently doing with the Ninja Turtles?

  2. Hi Amelyn,
    Thanks for he support. Keep listening and reading…and writing, I just checked out Atomic Brain. Nice blogging.

    Some 80’s Girl,
    I appreciate the detailed comment. You may inspire me to do a Ponies-post and maybe the Ninja Turtles as well. I actually just saw the Turtles at Navy Pier in Chicago. The characters are celebrating 25 years with a cross-country trip on a bus that doubles as a museum. Very cool. There’s a great photo set on Flickr that documents the event:

  3. gordon h buck says:

    So the Barbie Townhouse is still going strong! I invented it in 1974. This makes it the longest running toy in Mattel history – I should be in the Hall of Fame or get a medal or something!.
    In my scrapbook I have catalogue shots and a letter of commendation(Original) from Ruth Handler forecasting to be longlasting along with my original Idea Disclosure, a formality at the time. Let me know if you would like ant more info.

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