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Three TNT Skipper Europe #8126 in their original two-piece swimsuits (in different shades of blue)
The #8126 TNT Skipper Europe was sold in 1973 and 1974 only in small numbers. She is very hard to find and probably often taken for a Funtime Skipper, because she has exactly the same markings:
© 1967 Mattel, Inc.
U.S. Pats. Pend
Made in Korea
"Made in Korea" is marked on her butt as well as on her waistline.
Unlike the TNT Skipper Europe #8519 sold in 1972, this Skipper doll came with the vintage Skipper arms. She had a TNT waist and bendable legs which resemble the legs of the vintage BL Skippers. Her head rim formed one line with her neck. The head was very squishy and tended to discolor or fade. Her blonde hair was longer than the hair of the Funtime Skipper dolls. These features are important because they help to identify this doll. You can find more information on this subject in the chapters “Arm and Leg Molds”.
The majority of these htf dolls was sold in an orange box stating "Skipper with Twist 'n Turn Waist and Bendable Legs" but some dolls were sold on orange blister cards (like the ones used for the #8519 Skippers sold in 1972 and 1973) and was dressed in a (very rare) blue two piece swimsuit.
Comparison of the Funtime Skipper (to the left) and the TNT Skipper Europe #8126 (to the right).
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