Pop Life Barbie and Ken Gold Label Dolls – You Can Still Collect Them For A Reasonable Price

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For Barbie doll collectors and folks remembering the groovy far-out 1960s clothes and hair, these gold label Barbies and Ken should be on your list. They are limited editions and one of the first Barbie collectible lines with the pivotal body styles.  Their hip swivel chairs are what first drew me to these dolls. I admit I needed them for my Blythe dollhouse kitchen. I bought two of the yellow chars on eBay and while searching I became more and more enamored with the retro look of the dolls and ended up starting a collection.

Pop Life Barbie Christie Kelly Doll

Modern Barbies With a Pop Culture 60s Fashion Flair

I was just a little kid in the 1960s but I remember it pretty well. It was the age of anything goes.  Fashions like big wide bell bottom pants and Nancy Sinatra's Go-Go boots.  Fun and funky television shows like Mod Squad and Laugh-In.  My mom's bright white lipstick and shellacked hard bubble hair-do.  And waif models like Twiggy with her short hair bob and huge wide eyes.  Pop culture at it's finest.  And Mattel has created a line of Barbie dolls to pay tribute to the 60s.

Meet the Pop Life Barbie and Ken doll collection.  Introduced in 2009 for Barbie's 50th anniversary, these are Gold and Platinum edition dolls, meaning there were a very limited number made.  They are for collectors 14 years old and up and were designed by Bill Greening, creator of some of the most elaborate Barbies on the market.  Pop Life Barbies have the Mattel trademarked Pivotal body sculpt with 12 points of articulation. They have ball joints at neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hips, and a partial rocker/crunch joint under the bust.  This means they pose in gymnast level positions.

Pop Life Barbie Doll

Kelly Pop Life Red-Head Barbie

Here's Kelly, the red head with a black and white geometric psychedelic halter top and bell-bottom pantsuit.  Her green hip-hugger belt and jewelry provide splashes of texture and color.  Kelly has a Steffie face mold which is one of the most popular and prolific types in Barbie doll history.  Look at those giant eyelashes!

Christie Mod Barbie Giftset

Christie and Barbie Pop Life Dolls

Christie and Barbie versions of the Pop Life dolls are wearing shift mini-dresses, one with a dropped waistline and one with an empire waist.  They both have boldly colored fishnet stockings and thigh high white go-go boots.  These dolls have the Twist N Turn face sculpt which is longer and thinner than Kelly's.  They share the same cool jewelry and accessories styes as their Pop Life sisters.  Barbie kind of reminds me of Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeanie.  And of course they each have a brightly colored mid-century swivel chair.  I'd like to find one of those chairs in my size.

Pop Life Ken Mod Barbie Doll

Pop Life Ken Doll

Pop Life Ken is a Platinum version doll, and a Fan Club Exclusive, with less than 999 made.  Pop life Ken is also a Platinum Label doll so he's pretty rare.  Not sure if I'll be buying him.  If only I had gotten into doll collecting in 2009 and could have found him in the stores.  Now he's outrageously expensive.  But look at that shirt and those white shoes.  Wow what a swinging dude!  Ken also has a Pivotal body so he's fun to pose.  And so handsome.  Christie, Barbie, and Kelly are swooning over him.

Amazon has him for sale and if I had the money I'd snap him up.  Maybe I need to make my dolls start earning their keep, no?

Pop Life Dolls Market Price

Each doll in the Pop Life Barbie collection was priced between $50 - $60 when they first hit the store shelves in 2009, which is a lot for a Barbie doll.  They have limited edition status and very cool elite packaging, and the Pivotal body was fairly new at that time.  That and the 2009 50th anniversary was what Mattel was hoping would sell the dolls.  In the beginning they weren't popular at all.  I've heard of some collectors finding them in clearance bins after they were in the stores for about a year.  Sigh.... But the good news is that most of these dolls can still be found on secondary markets like eBay and Amazon for about the same price as they were originally.  My goal is to get one of each before they become ultra rare.

eBay Is A Very Good Place To Find Pop Life Barbie Dolls
Still A Bit Pricey But You Can Still Find These Dolls At Ther Suggested Retail Value

Pop Life Barbie Doll Barbie Collector Gold Label N 6596 2008 NRFB Mint
Pop Life Barbie Doll Barbie Collector Gold Label N 6596 2008 NRFB Mint
$170.00
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Barbie Collector Pivotal Mod Christie giftset Pop Life Gold Label N6598 Mint
Barbie Collector Pivotal Mod Christie giftset Pop Life Gold Label N6598 Mint
$140.00
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Pop Life Barbie Doll Redhead Barbie Collector Gold Label N 6597 NRFB Mint
Pop Life Barbie Doll Redhead Barbie Collector Gold Label N 6597 NRFB Mint
$120.00
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JEWELRY U BARBIE DOLL POP LIFE STEFFIE GREEN BALL RING ACCESSORY ITEM
JEWELRY U BARBIE DOLL POP LIFE STEFFIE GREEN BALL RING ACCESSORY ITEM
$3.32
Time Remaining: 11h 16m
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Barbie NRFB Pop Life Pivotal redhead Steffie w Black white jumpsuit
Barbie NRFB Pop Life Pivotal redhead Steffie w Black white jumpsuit
$250.00
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Pop Life Barbie Doll Blonde
Pop Life Barbie Doll Blonde
$250.00
Time Remaining: 22h 55m
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Barbie Pop Life
Barbie Pop Life
$65.00
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BFC Platinum Pop Life Ken  all 3 Pop Life Barbies NIB
BFC Platinum Pop Life Ken all 3 Pop Life Barbies NIB
$750.00
Time Remaining: 1d 22h 49m
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NRFB 2009 Pop Life Collection Pop Life Redhead Barbie Doll
NRFB 2009 Pop Life Collection Pop Life Redhead Barbie Doll
$149.95
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NUDE MATTEL BARBIE Auburn POP LIFE Pivotal Articulated STEFFIE Doll FOR OOAK
NUDE MATTEL BARBIE Auburn POP LIFE Pivotal Articulated STEFFIE Doll FOR OOAK
$72.00
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NUDE BARBIE MATTEL B AUBURN POP LIFE PIVOTAL ARTICULATED STEFFIE DOLL OOAK B
NUDE BARBIE MATTEL B AUBURN POP LIFE PIVOTAL ARTICULATED STEFFIE DOLL OOAK B
$75.98
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Barbie Pop Life Collection Pop Life Red Head Barbie 11 Inch Fashion Doll N6597
Barbie Pop Life Collection Pop Life Red Head Barbie 11 Inch Fashion Doll N6597
$99.95
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2016 Barbie Convention Pop Life Barbie Doll Picture Signed Bill Greening
2016 Barbie Convention Pop Life Barbie Doll Picture Signed Bill Greening
$11.99
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Barbie Collector Pop Life Christie Doll Gold Label Twist N Turn Pivotal Body
Barbie Collector Pop Life Christie Doll Gold Label Twist N Turn Pivotal Body
$129.99
Time Remaining: 9d 1h 55m
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Barbie Collector Pivotal Mod giftset Pop Life Gold Label Mint
Barbie Collector Pivotal Mod giftset Pop Life Gold Label Mint
$140.00
Time Remaining: 10d 6h 3m
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Barbie Collector Pivotal Mod 3 dolls giftset Pop Life Gold Label Mint
Barbie Collector Pivotal Mod 3 dolls giftset Pop Life Gold Label Mint
$370.00
Time Remaining: 10d 6h 8m
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Barbie Pop Life On Model Muse Body With Clothing
Barbie Pop Life On Model Muse Body With Clothing
$75.00
Time Remaining: 11d 3h 31m
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Barbie Accessories Doll Food Life Savers Flavor Pops Popsicles Miniature Diorama
Barbie Accessories Doll Food Life Savers Flavor Pops Popsicles Miniature Diorama
$4.70
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Pop Life Christie dress belt and boots Barbie Mattel MOD Modelmuse
Pop Life Christie dress belt and boots Barbie Mattel MOD Modelmuse
$29.99
Time Remaining: 12d 7h 45m
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Barbie Doll House Dining Room Kitchen Little Food Life Savers Flavored Ice Pops
Barbie Doll House Dining Room Kitchen Little Food Life Savers Flavored Ice Pops
$4.29
Time Remaining: 13d 3h 9m
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Pop Life Barbie and Ken Gold Label Dolls - You Can Still Collect Them For A Reasonable Price
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Barbie Christie and Kelly as pop culture 1960s groovy style hipster dolls. The features of modern dolls with a retro look. Ken comes in platinum pop life.
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