Happy Holidays Barbie 1989 special edition in box
Happy Holiday Barbie 1989 special edition in the original retail box. She was only the second Holiday edition that Mattel brought to market. The box is tatty and bust in places (pictured). The original 'studio portrait', warranty slips, comb / shoes package and keepsake Christmas ornament are all present and in good condition. Barbie most certainly has been taken out of her box, but has not been removed from her backing card.
"The 1988 Happy Holiday Barbie is considered to be the first "Collectible Barbie", although it wasn't originally planned that way. The dolls rapidly sold out and almost immediately began to command big prices on the secondary market. Based on the popularity of that doll, Mattel realized there was a huge market for Barbie Dolls for adult collectors. This was the beginning of the "Barbie craze" that continued to grow, reached an absolute fevered pitch in the late 1990s"
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