When I can sing along to the the entire theme song to Island Fun Barbie. It raises the question, “What kind of TV was I watching in the late 1980s?” I did watch a lot of Jem, but I cannot remember where this ad ran. Oh well.
I cannot say I ever got to play much with the Barbies, but Island Fun Barbie with her slightly frizzy (humid island appropriate) long hair, looks like she is having fun. Especially with that water fall filled lagoon that the girls in the video get to play with. If I had that, it would have made a great exotic base for Zartan and his Dreadnoks.
The Retroist’s post yesterday on Barbie’s Ferrari got me thinking about the past. I guess that’s the Retroist’s specialty, right? Anyway, as a kid I wasn’t even aware of the Barbie Ferrari. Most of my friends had the pink Corvette. The ‘vette was sweet, but my Barbie felt that it was too high-maintenance…look at me, look at me. My Barbie had a more outdoorsy bent. A nature girl, if you will.
My Barbie tooled around town, or her ranch, in an off-road vehicle with horse trailer. The set was called the Barbie Travelin’ Trailer. Sadly, the trailer could only accommodate one of Barbie’s horses at a time. Naturally she needed two horses for galloping through the woods, or on the beach, with Ken. Barbie rode Dallas, Ken rode Midnight. When they traveled, they often took Dallas as her golden mane coordinated better with the beige horse trailer…my Barbie may have been a nature girl, but fashion was still important. But let’s not feel too badly for Midnight. He always got Dallas’ share of oats when she was away in the trailer.
One of the best features of the off-road vehicle was the hand winch and pulley that really did work, just like the box says! It was great for incline pulling and had a fab load capacity.
All throughout my youth my friends would talk about their dream cars. They wanted muscle cars or cars with exotic Italian names that you only saw on TV. This facet of childhood was never lost on toymakers and they are always quick to make sure that if kids are thinking about a car, their favorite toy is driving that car.
Barbie has driven many cars over the years, but as the 1980s peaked and started to end, one car was on every kid’s mind, The Ferrari.
Magnum PI red was the preferred color:
But it seems that it was not the only color available:
We love the Barbie Townhouse, here on the site. So we are very excited to see that the Townhouse is currently on sale at Amazon as part of their Cyber Monday stuff. The townhouse is Amazon Prime Eligible, so it can be a really good deal if you are a member and get that shipping for free. I checked Toy’s R Us and the price is a bit higher there currently.