BENDABLE LEG (BL) SKIPPER  #1030 1965 - 1967

In 1965 Skipper was also sold with bendable legs. Except for that, she resembled the SL Skipper - like her, she had a tan skin tone.

 

This doll came with a new box and swimsuit, as well as with a wire stand, booklet, headband and a white brush and comb. 

 

In 1966, the BL Skipper was sold in a tan or pink skin tone.

 

Pink skin BL Skippers are hard to find, and even harder to find in a good condition. Usually they have faded or discolored faces, lips and arms. They come with blush.

 

Since the BL Skipper's legs are made of a softer material than the SL Skipper's legs, they are prone to staining and often have pin pricks or chewmarks. (Pls find a picture of a pink skin BL Skipper doll at the bottom of the page)

 

BL Skippers in general are hard to find with unfaded lips and original lip paint.

 

Their body markings are:  © 1963 Mattel, Inc.

 

The feet of the BL Skippers also have markings. Most are marked Japan, but there are also dolls with "U.S.A." markings - and a few don't have markings at all. 

 

BL Skipper dolls were sold in boxes stating the regular hair colors "blonde", "brunette" and "titian", but there are Skippers with unusual hair colors as well, just like the first issue Straight Leg Skippers. For more info on the hair colors, please go to the bottom of the following page: 

There were two gift sets with a Bendable Leg Skipper:

 

1965 "Skipper Holiday Party Gift Set" #1039 

1967 "Sears own Skipper and Skooter Gift Set"

 

For more information on these sets please click on the link below:

HTF Pink Skin BL Skipper

Notice the different markings: "Japan" and "USA". The feet with "USA" markings don't show toes when

looking at them from below. Pictured below is a BL Skipper with no markings on her feet at all:

Top, box 1965 + 1966

Both sides, box, 1965 + 1966

Close-up of a blonde tan BL Skipper with original lip-paint

Usually you find BL Skippers with faded/butter lips

In 1967, the Bendable Leg Skipper doll was available in a new box. This box was in lime green and showed some of Skipper's mod fashions on the sides. The dolls included were the same like before. Instead of a wire stand a clear plastic "mod" x stand was sold with this box. This box is very rare and almost impossible to find.

Extremely rare 1967 BL Skipper box. Notice the new stand. 

Comparison of 1965/66 box (1st pic, bottom; 2nd picture to the right) and 1967 box.


Another brunette BL Skipper

Two dolls with "U.S.A." markings on her feet (pls. see above detail pic). The left one is a regular redhead, the right one has a special red hair color. Picture below: Two "U.S.A" girls with special hair colors.

Pretty blonde BL Skipper in mint condition, faded lips