The Vintage Twist 'n Turn Barbie Doll release, 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.
You will find there are variations of each color.
You will also find vintage Twist 'n turn barbie dolls with different hair colors,
usually this is caused by oxidation over the years.
Vintage Twist 'n Turn Barbie Doll Clothing:
Two piece pink swimsuit with
This is the first reproduction Barbie from the Mod Era and includes reproduction of a Twist 'n Turn (or TNT) Barbie wearing Smasheroo #1860 (1968 - 1969). The brunette doll was released in 1998 and in 1999 a redhead was issued.
This is a very well done reproduction and is becoming harder to find. Like many other reproductions, this is a great doll to use as a model for Mod fashions.
This vintage Twist 'n Turn Barbie doll from 1999 features a beautiful blonde TNT reproduction, wearing a new ensemble. The ensemble is not a mod or vintage reproduction.
This doll is still fairly easy to find NRFB (Never Removed From Box).
Many collectors by it to de-box, or buy the doll nude to display their Mod ensembles, because it is a very stunning high color TNT.
This is a beautiful reproduced mod Blonde TNT Barbie wearing All That Jazz #1848 (1968 - 1969). It is a Gold Label, Collector's Request Edition and is limited to only 12,100 dolls. A Platinum Label (fewer than 1000 dolls) Brunette doll was also released. The Brunette version is sold out, but the Blonde is still available at the original release price (or lower). If the past years' Gold Label vintage repros are any indication, this doll has a strong chance of highly escalating on the secondary market. (In other words, if you want it buy it now!)
The TNT Barbie Reproduction is a reproduction of a Twist 'n Turn Barbie with red hair from the late 1960s. She is wearing her original orange vinyl two-piece swimsuit with the white mesh cover. She also comes with a reproduction of the mod ensemble Zokko! #1820 (1968 - 1969), including the funky gray go-go boots with the orange stripe!
Mattel promoted Barbie's new look and TNT body with a very successful Trade-In program. The dolls were the same as the 1967 Vintage Twist 'n Turn Barbie doll 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 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.
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