Was the 1998 Holiday Barbie recalled?

by leah
(Illinois)


1998 Holiday Barbie with the black dress and the pink shawl. Although the back of the box shows her with a cape not a shawl and I was told that she was recalled because of this discrepancy. I never took her back to the store but cant find any on ebay with the recall information. Could you tell me about that?

Hi Leah -
As far as I am aware, this doll was never recalled.
Suzanne

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Is it normal for the boxes to have different pictures of the details on the Barbie than what the dolls themselves actually have. These are the only dolls I collect because I think they are so beautiful but have never really paid much attention to the collectibility or other details of the Barbie. This year I decided to find out all about them. Thank you for your time.
Leah

I have a 1989 Holiday Barbie that pictures her with her hair to one side but the doll has it on the other. I have also had basic dolls with pictures in different outfit than what she is actually wearing. Mistakes happen and things get redesigned. it is no big deal really. I have never heard of a doll being recalled for these mistakes.
Amanda K.

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eyes
by: anna branch

I have the 1998 holiday barbie I had to get 2 of them that year because the first one I got had green eyes and they were suppose to be blue and the wording on the back of the box was different. They did recall that barbie because I had to pack up the remaining ones we had at our store and ship them back.

Recall
by: Anonymous

Yes I also heard about the recall on one of these dolls have be collecting for my daughter since 1995. Never could remember which doll had recall but we didn't exchange it.

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Question About 1989 Happy Holiday Barbie

I ordered the 1989 Happy Holiday Barbie from a person online. When she arrived the cellophane is yellow. She stated in her ad that there was no yellowing. Was this particular Barbie sold with yellow cellophane? Her dress is white so I thought maybe she was sold this way to protect the dress. THANKS


Hello -
As far as I am aware, the cellophane should be clear. As you can see from the photo here 1989 Holiday Barbie it is clear.



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yellow cellophane
by: Anonymous

I am a Barbie collector . I have to say that some cellophane Mattel use's does yellow from just time . It will be clear when you buy it but 10 years latter it turns yellow . MATTEL SHOULD CHECK INTO THIS

yellowed 1989 holiday barbie
by: Anonymous

I just bought a 1989 holiday barbie that has the yellowed plastic look, any reason why this happened. She is the only one with a yellowed look in my whole collection

special edition hoilday barbie 17832
by: Anonymous

doll in the box has green eyes and the one pictured on the back of box has blue. Does this effect the value of the doll

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1994 Holiday Barbie Question

i have a 1994 holiday barbie but she is not in the normal box she is in a black box with no markings on the clear window there is a sticker that says paul david with a address in chilicothe ohio is the unusual?

Hi -
It sounds like your doll was de-boxed & then put into a dealer box (Paul David is a Barbie dealer) to be sold.
Suzanne

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Was there ever a 1994 holiday barbie with a gold background or is there only only green?

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Question about Brunette 1994 Holiday Barbie

by Tim
(Babson Park, FL, USA)

Barbie 1994 Happy Holidays 35th Anniversary Brunette

Barbie 1994 Happy Holidays 35th Anniversary Brunette

Do you have any information about this doll? (Barbie 1994 Happy Holidays 35th Anniversary Brunette) I can't find it any where on the Internet. She is the same as the original 1994 except for the brown hair and wreath.

Hi Tim -
I am not familiar with this one - usually the hair color variations were done as store exclusives - so I'm wondering if this was done for one store. I will try to research & see what I can come up with, but will go ahead & post this in case someone else knows the answer.
Suzanne

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I literally have dozens of Barbie reference books and guides & your doll is documented only in one - it says it is a "Mattel Festival Doll" (whatever that means?) There are four dolls listed in 1994 as Mattel Festival dolls - three of them are brunette versions of otherwise blonde Barbies.
I would say you have a VERY rare doll on your hands. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Suzanne

Yes, the doll was sold (only) at the first Mattel Barbie Convention in 1994. I was there!! And yes, there were a limited number made. Hang on to it if you LIKE it, but don't be fooled because (1) doll sold for mega-bucks!! The Barbie market, like any other goes up/down like a yo-yo!! Don't expect to get rich on this doll. Yes the doll is limited, but so is the market. Consider honestly, just how many collectors are out there, who want a convention doll, if they didn't attend THAT particular convention??! AND, in the case of THIS doll, she's part of the Christmas doll collection; those prices hit the toilet when the series was discontinued!! Blah, blah, blah!!! Protect it, keep it in NRFB condition if you enjoy it. Search e-bay and similar and sell when you feel comfortable with the price. Don't whine if you don't get the big bucks!!

I also have this doll she is very rare, only 540 were made for the 1994 Orlando Fl. Barbie convention. she recently sold for $2050.00. she is very rare and I certainly would hold on to her.

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his rare doll
by: Anonymous

I was at the convention and have this doll and signed by Ruth Handler at that convention.

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Question About 1997 Happy Holidays Barbie - Special Edition Brunette


1997 Happy Holiday Barbie is still in her original box, never been taken out. She has blue and green eye shadow. The picture on the back of box shows blue eye shadow only. I was told this is a misprint Barbie and is worth more. Is this true ?

Hi -
I have never heard this one before - sounds like a "creative" seller - but I could be wrong - we will see if anyone else knows if this is the case.
Has anyone else ever heard this bfore?
Thanks!
Suzanne

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I have three of this year Barbie. I have the one that the one that is the mistake. I have the one that the picture and the doll are the same and I also have one that I bought in VA that has Happy Holidays in French. I am figuring that the last one was shipped to the U.S by mistake and was possibly headed to Canada. So I am kinda curious whether any are worth money.

I have it to I was told the same.

I also have the 1997 Barbie Special edition Happy Holidays in original Box red. Does anyone know what it is worth??

My mom has the same barbie as you, green eyes but the box has blue. Did you ever sell yours? We also are hanging onto it because we heard it was more money.
Natalie

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Holiday Barbie brunette
by: Shannon

My family are doll collectors, my father and I collect holiday barbies, also duo barbies. We have like 7 from this year because it was the first brunette we had seen as holiday barbie. I've never seen the one with the wreath. We have a few mistakes and a few awkward positions lol.

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by: Rachel

I have her with a plain gold background and on yhe back of the box she has bright blue eyes but the doll herself has green eyes. My mother said that it was a misprint and that there were few dolls made that way. they recalled them shortly after they went on the shelves. Luckily my mother picked up 2! one for me and one for my aunt. the rest of my cousins had the other one which was blue eyed on the back of the box and the doll. when I spoke with her today she looked it up a few years ago and it was worth around $1550-$2000 because they were recalled before they went on the shelves for that christmas. There is also a Holiday Barbie that has 2 different fabrics because the fabric plant burnt down before they made all of the ones they had plannedto make that year. I also have that VERY rare doll with the original fabric.

1997 holiday barbie worth
by: Anonymous

Hello I have the 1997 Holiday Barbie doll. She has Green eyes but on the back of the box she has Blue eyes im just wondering how much it could be worth as of now. the box is not in that good of conditon but the doll is. I keep looking up things but i have no idea what the worth is. Please help.

To Rachel
by: Darryl

Hello Rachel, Where did you or your mother find the value of this barbie doll? I have one that is just like the one you described and it has never been opened, Gold background, Green eyes but pictured with blue eyes on the back of the box. I am thinking about selling this doll and need to know how to value it correctly. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

Error 1997 holiday barbie
by: Tiffany

I have a NIB 1997 holiday barbie with different color eyes. The left eye is green and the right eye is blue, the iris part of the eye. How much would this doll sell for and has anyone else seen a 1997 holiday barbie like this.

1997
by: Linda

Back in 1997 when I bought my doll it had the green eyes but on the back they were blue. I called Mattel they wanted to know where I purchased it. They were having them take them off the shelves. They said they weren't suppose to be used. They only do a few test boxes to see which one they were using when I went back to the store that day they were gone. I have no clue how much they are worth

1997 Holiday Barbie
by: Anonymous

I purchased a 1997 Holiday Barbie brunette when I was working in the Wal Mart toy department. After purchasing it we received a recall of the Barbies with green eyes and a blue eyed picture on the back. We boxed up the remaining Barbies and returned them to the warehouse for return to Mattel. I still have the doll but have no idea of it's value.

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Doll Identification (Holiday)

by Debbie
(Maine)


I do not know who this barbie is, any info would help,
Thanks

Hi -
Your Barbie is the 2003 Holiday Barbie - Winter Fantasy Barbie.
Suzanne

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What does the series mean in the holiday barbies?

I have a 1995 Holiday Barbie. On the back it says, "Special Issue in a Third Series 1995 Holiday Barbie." My question is, what does the third series mean?

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