Valentine’s Day Barbie Dolls
Valentine’s Barbie dolls are an annual tradition with many Nashville doll collectors, and local doll clubs are busy planning their Valentine’s parties.
What was the first Valentine’s Day Barbie? When did Mattel start producing the annual Valentine dolls? This series will take a closer look at Valentine Barbie dolls starting with the first three Barbies released by Mattel with a Valentine’s Day theme.
It could easily be argued that the first Barbie doll Mattel made with a Valentine’s theme was the Kissing Barbie in 1978 although some might point to Campus Sweetheart Barbie doll and other even earlier dolls. The quaint Kissing Barbie had pursed lips that pursed even more, and she made a kissing sound when a button was pressed on her back. Kissing Barbie wore a long, romantic, gossamer gown with a delicate pink floral pattern.
Loving You Barbie
The first “official” Valentine’s Barbie was the Loving You Barbie doll from 1983. This pretty doll wore a long skirt over her red velvet top. Both the skirt and Barbie’s puffy sleeves were covered with red hearts.
Pretty Hearts Barbie
Photo of Kissing & Loving You Barbies by K. Darden
In 1991, Mattel introduced the Pretty Hearts Barbie. This doll wore an outfit made from the same material as the 1983 Loving You version, but the 1991 Pretty Hearts version featured a shorter skirt. The Pretty Hearts Barbie doll was the first of the annual Valentine’s Barbie dolls. Since then various Valentine’s versions have been issued each year for grocery stores, as well as some special edition Valentine’s Barbie dolls sold by Target, and Hallmark stores.
The Valentine’s list is broken into three parts: dolls sold from 1978 to 1999, dolls sold from from 2000 to present, and those special editions sold by Target and Hallmark. If you know of any dolls I have left off any of the lists, please leave me a comment.
Part II: Valentine’s Day Barbie dolls from 1978 to 1999 (with slideshow of Valentine Barbies)
Part III: Valentine’s Day Barbie dolls from 2000 to present (with slideshow of Valentine Barbies)
Part IV: Valentine’s Day Barbie dolls from Target and Hallmark: special edition Valentine Barbies
For more info:
Disney the Little Mermaid Valentine Ariel doll – swimmingly cute for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day Collectible Cabbage Patch Kids minis a pair of Valentine doll cuties
Belle Meade Plantation Belles Doll Club hosts Valentine’s Party: Valentine Barbie dolls on display
Other Holiday Barbie Lists:
Happy New Year, Barbie! A look at New Year-themed Barbies from the past decade (slideshow)
Christmas Barbie dolls and holiday Barbies, past and present
Trick or treat? Halloween Barbie dolls from 1963 to present (with Barbie Halloween slideshow)
Doll Collecting 101: Holiday Dolls
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