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 and no blush.

 

This doll came with a new - pink - box and swimsuit, as well as with a wire stand, booklet, headband and a white brush and comb. (The rare green box from 1967 is pictured further below).

 

In 1966, the BL Skipper was sold in a tan or pink skin tone. In the 1967 German Barbie booklet a pink skin BL Skipper is pictured. It's possible these pink skin dolls were also sold in Germany (or maybe all of Europe) the following years, since a bendleg Skooter was depicted in the German Barbie booklet from 1971. 

 

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. (You can find a picture of a pink skin BL Skipper doll if you scroll down 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:

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

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. I have only found pink skin BL Skippers in these boxes. Instead of a wire stand a clear plastic "mod" x stand was sold with this very rare box which is almost impossible to find.

The brunette Pink Skin BL Skipper pictured is a very unusual doll with eyeliner like the Reissue Skipper dolls sold in 1970/71. This doll came to me from the original owner who only had this one Skipper doll as a child. Found in Germany.

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.