An Ocean Full of Mermaid Dolls
The doll that lured me in to doll collecting as an adult was a mermaid – the 1995 Jewel Hair Mermaid Barbie Doll, to be exact. I passed that doll several times over the next week or two, but much like the sirens of old, she called out to me. Before long, I was untying my first set of twist-ties from a Barbie box and braiding her long hair (see above, front-right).
Since then I have purchased many mermaid Barbies, Skippers, clones and Ariel dolls, usually from Nashville yard sales. They are colorful and creative, slightly exotic, and most of all — fun! Take a look at the slideshow below, click on the links, or visit my blog for more mermaid doll photos, and see if you don’t hear the echo of a siren song yourself.
Mermaid Barbie Dolls
Fountain Mermaid Barbie (1993) – The Fountain Mermaid Barbie comes in a pink costume and has a magical crown that sprays water
Mermaid Skipper & Sea Twins Barbie Dolls (1993) – Skipper Doll and two Krissy-type Baby Dolls come wearing salmon-colored color-change mermaid outfits.
Jewel Hair Mermaid Barbie Doll (1995) The Jewel Hair Mermaid Barbie Doll came dressed in a shimmering gold mermaid tail and matching top with beautiful long blonde hair that is longer than her body.
Jewel Hair Mermaid Teresa Barbie Doll (1995) – Teresa comes in dark pink costume (see photo above, back)
Jewel Hair Mermaid Midge (1995) – Midge comes in dark pink
Jewel Hair Mermaid Barbie AA (1995) – African American doll comes with gold costume
Bubbling Mermaid Barbie Doll (1996) – The Barbie Bubbling Mermaid Doll comes with long, blond, crimped hair and a color-change body. She wears a shimmery pink halter, a purplish/blue tail, and sea horse earrings.
Sea Pearl Mermaid Hills Special Edition (1995) – Doll comes with crimped blond hair and light blue mermaid costume.
Magical Mermaid Barbie & Krissy Doll (2000) Barbie comes with baby Krissy. Squeeze Barbie’s blue and purple plastic mermaid tail and it lights up.
Barbie in A Mermaid Tale Merliah Doll & Necklace
Splash & Style Mermaid Barbie Doll – Barbie’s mermaid tail really moves. Comes with a dolphin, seahorse or angel fish.
Barbie In A Mermaid Tale Purple Star Doll – Based on the Barbie movie “Barbie in A Mermaid Tale”
Barbie In A Mermaid Tale Blue Star Doll
Fairytopia Color Change Mermaid Barbie – Pink – Doll comes in pink or purple with ruffled outfits over mermaid tails.
Barbie Mermaid Doll – Purple – a design will appear on her mermaid tail with cold water.
Disney Ariel “The Little Mermaid” Dolls
I am not going to try to catalogue all the Ariel dolls made through the years by Disney and Mattel, but will provide a couple of links for comparisons. See slideshow below for more photos.
Disney Princess Bath Beauty Ariel Doll – Cold water adds color to the hair and body of “The Little Mermaid.”
Disney Valentine Ariel Little Mermaid Doll (1997) – Ariel wears a pink Valentines mermaid tail and top.
More Ariel dolls.
Playsets & Costumes
Bathtime Fun Barbie Mermaid & Swan Playset (1990) From Arco Toys and Mattel, this mermaid playset includes an inflatable swan, 6 sea sponges in different shapes, and a mermaid costume for Barbie featuring a long shimmery green skirt with a tail at the bottom, and a white halter top with green dots.
Barbie Costume Ball Fashions – Ball Gown or Mermaid (1990) This set came with two costumes in one – a shimmery blue-green long tight fitting skirt that’s gathered down the front center could be worn with a glittery mult-colored tulle skirt over the gown as a skirt or worn around the ankles to create a mermaid tail).
Barbie Mermaid Fantasy Playset w Working Swing (2002) – This mermaid playset comes with a working swing, snap-on coral and seaweed, a vanity, chair and other accessories.
Kelly Mermaid Fun – Doll set comes with a Kelly mermaid doll
For more about mermaids:
Disney the Little Mermaid Valentine Ariel doll – swimmingly cute for Valentine’s Day
Mermaid Acrostic (Poem)
Double Amputee from New Zealand Gets a Mermaid Tail
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea” Special Edition Review
Doll Collecting 101: Holiday Dolls
Fashion Doll Discussion Group
National Barbie Collector Examiner
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