Vintage Twist 'n Turn Barbie Doll

Twist 'n Turn Barbie Doll

The release of the Vintage Twist n Turn Barbie Doll, also called TNT by collectors, was the beginning of the Mod Barbie Era. Barbie received a total makeover - a new face, a new hair style and a new body. The TNT Barbie has rooted eyelashes, bendable legs and a twist and turn waist.

Doll Name: 
Twist 'n Turn, TNT

Model #: 

Box Date: 

Issue Date: 
1967 to 1968

Hair Colors:
Shades of Blonde, including Sun Kissed (light blonde), Summer Sand (grayish blonde)
Red / Titian 
Brunette, including Go Go Co Co (medium brown), Chocolate Bon Bon (dark brown)

Vintage Barbie TNT Hair Colors

(You will find there are variations of each color.  You will also find dolls with different hair colors, usually this is caused by oxidation over the years.)

Blue eyes, brown eyebrows, rooted eyelashes, deep pink lips and blush



1967 Twist 'n Turn Barbie Doll

Orange vinyl bikini with white net cover- with orange accent stitching.  Orange hair bow.


1968 Twist 'n Turn Barbie Doll

Two piece pink swimsuit with Sleeveless multi-color top and thin green belt with gold buckle and pink vinyl shorts.  Pink hair bow.

Clear X-Stand

Body Markings: 
Mattel, Inc. 
U.S. Patented 
U.S. Pat.Pend 
Made In 

Vintage Twist 'n Turn Barbie Doll Reproductions

Trade-In TNT Barbie

Trade-In TNT Barbie

Mattel promoted Barbie's new look and TNT body with a very successful Trade-In program.  The dolls were the same as the 1967 Twist 'n Turn Barbie but they came in a special box.  For only $1.50, girls could trade-in their older Barbie Dolls for a new, modern Barbie.  This was a very successful promotion - I remember trading in my earlier doll for a new one. 

The TNT's hair is pulled back at the sides with a bow. The length varies from below the shoulders to the waist and the ends are uneven.

Flip Hair TNT Barbie

In 1969, TNT Barbie got a new, shorter hairstyle and a different swimsuit.  She is called "Flip Barbie" or "Marlo Flip" - Flip Hair TNT Barbie for details.

The Twist and Turn Waist Body was Patented in 1966.  Every Barbie made since then with a TNT waist has the date 1966 on her bottom, leading many people to believe they have found a valuable vintage Barbie doll, when in fact they haven't.

1967 TNT from Barbie Catalog

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