Skipper was released by Mattel in 1964 to appeal to little girls for whom Barbie, Skipper’s older and more worldly sister, was too grown up. Barbie was a fashion plate, whose closet could be filled with no less than 22 different outfits in her debut year (1959) alone. Skipper was the shorter kid sister, a pretty doll with chubbier cheeks, whose straight, banged hair came in blonde, brunette, and redhead.

The first Skippers were sold in boxes labeled “Barbie’s Little Sister.” She was packaged with a brass headband, a white comb and brush, and wore a modest red and white-striped swimsuit. Other Skippers sold in the doll's first few years were clad in a black-and-yellow “Masquerade” costume, a ballerina outfit, and a blue sweater with matching jeans. In 1965, Skipper got bendable legs, and by 1968 she had a Twist ’n Turn waist. The doll was so popular that the original version was reissued as early as 1970—differences include an updated Mattel logo and illustrations of outfits on the side of the box that were not available in 1964.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Dollreference.com

Dollreference.com

This densely packed index of antique and vintage dolls claims to offer over 10,000 images of dolls from the 1800s … [read review or visit site]

Vintage Dolls of the 50s

Vintage Dolls of the 50s

Rhonda Wilson's collection of 1950s dolls, organized by name (Ginny and friends, Littlest Angel and friends, etc.) … [read review or visit site]

Kaylees Korner of Collectible Dolls

Kaylees Korner of Collectible Dolls

Kaylee's extensive collection of vintage dolls from the 1930s to 90s. Click the balloons to browse. Though Kaylee s… [read review or visit site]

Museum of Childhood

Museum of Childhood

Embrace your inner child on this website from the Victoria and Albert Museum, filled with high-quality images and i… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Rare! Black Hair Vintage Straight Leg Skipper Doll Mint *1 Day*Handmade Ooak Hat Jacket Dress Gloves Stocking Purse Vintage Skipper Barbie DollRare! Stunning Platinum Vintage Straight Leg Skipper Doll Mint *1 Day*Vintage Barbie - Skipper Doll #950 In Box, Original Outfit, Headband & Booklet Huge 17 Barbie Doll Lot Ken,stacy,skipper, Kelly,clothes,shoes,pets Ship Free #3Huge 14 Barbie Doll Lot Ken,stacy,skipper, Kelly,clothes,shoes,pets Ship Free #2Skipper 50th Anniversary Happy Birthday Barbie Gold Label Brunette Sold OutHuge Lot Barbie Skipper Clothes And Shoe Lot Vtg To Mod Era Fit Blythe DollLtd Doll Stamp & Titian Skipper In Original Box & Platter Party #1914 P-60Vintage Barbie Sidepart-clothes Accessories Mint Fishing Pole-skipper 150 ItemsVintage Barbie Set Ponytail, Midge, Ken, Skipper& Allan Boxes, WowLtd Doll Stamp & 1965 Vintage Skipper Me N My Doll #1913 Complete P-45Vintage Barbie Blonde Malibu Fluff Skipper B & W Label Clothes Accessories LotLovely! Redhead Titian Vintage Straight Leg Skipper Doll Mint *1 Day*Vtg Barbie Superstar Doll Head Parts Lot ++ Pretty Changes & Growing Up SkipperSkating Fun - Complete Vintage Barbie Skipper Costume - VgcHuge 13 Barbie Doll Lot Ken,skipper,clothes,shoes,surf Board Ship Free #41964 Vintage Barbie Skipper In Original Box New Old Stock # 0950 , Rare With TagBarbie Sale - Vintage 60s Mattel Granny Glasses - Mint- Francie Twiggy SkipperLtd Toys Stamp & Skipper Doll & School Girl & Ship Ahoy Outfit Lot N-6 1960s Lot Of Barbie Ken Skipper Clothes & Accessories & Parts Over 130 PcsLtd Doll Stamp & 1965 Vintage Skipper Party Pink Pak Dress P-461970's Vintage Mattel Skipper/fluff Doll Lot Clothes/orig Fluff Box TlcLot Of 7 Vintage Skipper,ricky And Scooter Dolls,straight Leg BarbieBarbie & Disney Doll Lot (skipper Ariel Ken Cinderella Clothes Accessories)Vintage 1964 Ricky Skipper's Friend By Mattel Barbie Doll Never Out Of Box 1965 Skipper #1915 Outdoor Casuals Outfit BarbieLtd Doll Stamp & Titian Skipper & Doll Case & 1964 Red Sensation Outfit! P-61Vintage Barbie Clothes-#1910 Skipper's Sunny Pastels Complete OutfitHuge Lot Of Skipper Skooter Dolls, Case & Accessories Vintage 1965 BarbieVintage Bubblecut Barbie Skipper Doll 1960'sVintage Mod Malibu Barbie Francie Skipper Heads Only Tlc Parts Lot1963 Skipper Barbie Doll Vintage Tlc Barbie Ken Skipper Lot, Dolls, Shoes, Rifle, Md Bag, Gloves, Soda NrBarbie Sale - Vintage Squishy Orange & Teal Boots - Francie Twiggy Skipper1:6 Scale 1950 Tv Perfect For Blythe Doll Barbie Or Skipper Doll Diorama Htf Ltd Doll Stamp & Vintage 1964 Skipper Dreamtime Pajamas Outfit #1909 P-52Skipper Pizza PartyBarbie Skipper As Scooby-doo "velma" # B3282 NrfbLot Of 4 Vintage Barbies And Grown Up Skipper Dolls Lot 1 Of 2 Teen Skipper Carded Fashions Nrfp Barbie's Teenage Sister Vintage Barbie, Francie, Malibu Skipper, Midge Body Tnt Lot TlcVintage Skipper Shoe Lot Of 6 Pairs Japan Barbie Doll 60s Red Pink Black BlueLtd Doll Stamp & 1966 Vintage Skipper What's New At The Zoo? #1925 P-44Vintage 1963 Skipper Doll With ClothesLot! 23 Pcs Skipper Doll Clothes 9" Tall With 3 1/2" Waist. Barbie's SisterBarbie Sale - Afgan Dog Pet Mint - Skipper Francie Twiggy Stacey TammyBoxed Barbie Doll Lot Dream Wedding Party Stacie Todd Sharin' Sisters SkipperBarbie Sale - Vintage Francie Blouse #1259 Checkmates Twiggy SkipperVintage Ca.1964 4 Pcs Mint On Card For Skipper & Skooter, 3 Hats & 1 Belt-cute !Vintage Barbies' Sister Skipper BlondeBarbie Skipper Doll - High School Musical Girl Clothes W/ ShoesVintage Mattel Barbie Growing Up Skipper 1975Lot Of 30+ Vintage/handmade Barbie, Ken, Skipper Clothes (1963)Vintage Skipper Dolls Cookie Time Dress Mint! *1day*Barbie Sale - Lot Of Vintage Items - Barbie Francie Skipper TwiggySkipper Vintage Doll Clothes #1900 Under Pretties Mint In Package 1964 MipHuge Lot Barbie~ken~skipper~skooter Dolls/francie Clothes~some Tlc~some Nice!Barbie Doll Series, Growing Up Skipper, NibHandmade Skipper Clothes By Mta~vtg Style~5pc Dress~capelet~garden Tea Party