In the mail today, I received my new out-of-print
doll reference book.
Thirty Years of Mattel Fashion Dolls
Identification and Value Guide
by J. Michael Augustyniak
I learned about this book a month ago when I was reseaching
my Sunshine Family Dolls. This book was mentioned on one of
the sites I found that it had a great section on the Sunshine Family.
(A big THANK YOU for posting about this book)
Forgot about it until my good friend at work called me last week and told
me about a book she wanted to get for school. She is very leery
about buying anything on the Internet since her information was stolen.
I told her I would buy it at Amazon but she had to wait until I found
some dolls books I wanted to buy in order to receive free shipping.
She told me no problem. Remembered the Mattel book and ordered
"Barbie A Rare Beauty". The Mattel Book wasn't under the free shipping
since it was from an outside seller. But I didn't care since it wasn't that
expensive with the 4.00 shipping.
This is a great book. Learned a lot that I didn't know.
There is a wonderful section on the Sunshine Family.
The dolls were going to be named "The Good Earth Family".
Also had some photos how the designer first thought how they should look.
Found some dolls that Mattel used the Barbie Body for.
An example is a doll called "Fashion Friends". They were
3 dolls made exclusively for K-Mart in 1991 that used the Barbie
and Skipper bodies.
There's a great section of the "Shani" line of dolls and the "Heart Family"
The book is filled with pictures of dolls, clothes and playsets Mattel
has produced in those 30 years.
My favorite page spread is "The Barbie Doll Family Tree"
Head shots of all the face molds.
And for those collectors who collect Disney dolls. There
is an 80 page section on dolls that Mattel produced for Disney.
All in all, it's a wonderful reference book to have! So glad I bought it!