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

Barbie Pop Life Collection Pop Life Red Hair Articulated Body Barbie 2009
Barbie Pop Life Collection Pop Life Red Hair Articulated Body Barbie 2009
$80.00
Time Remaining: 11h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $80.00
POP LIFE Articulated Blonde Barbie 50TH Anniversary Edition New
POP LIFE Articulated Blonde Barbie 50TH Anniversary Edition New
$85.00
Time Remaining: 11h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $85.00
JEWELRY U BARBIE DOLL POP LIFE STEFFIE GREEN BALL RING ACCESSORY ITEM
JEWELRY U BARBIE DOLL POP LIFE STEFFIE GREEN BALL RING ACCESSORY ITEM
$2.98
Time Remaining: 1d 22h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $2.98
Redhead Barbie Collector Pivotal Mod Pop Life Gold Label Mint
Redhead Barbie Collector Pivotal Mod Pop Life Gold Label Mint
$129.99
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 15m
Buy It Now for only: $129.99
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
$129.99
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 15m
Buy It Now for only: $129.99
NRFB 2008 Pop Life Collection Pop Life Barbie Doll
NRFB 2008 Pop Life Collection Pop Life Barbie Doll
$167.25
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 19m
Buy It Now for only: $167.25
Lot Of 3 Pop Life Pop Barbies NIB
Lot Of 3 Pop Life Pop Barbies NIB
$399.99
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $399.99
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
$134.99
Time Remaining: 2d 15h 11m
Buy It Now for only: $134.99
Pop Life Collection Pop Life ALL 3 Barbie Doll MINT MINTY NRFB 2009 Gold label
Pop Life Collection Pop Life ALL 3 Barbie Doll MINT MINTY NRFB 2009 Gold label
$400.00
Time Remaining: 2d 15h 19m
Buy It Now for only: $400.00
Pop Life Collection Pop Life Redhead Barbie Doll MINT MINTY NRFB 2009 Gold label
Pop Life Collection Pop Life Redhead Barbie Doll MINT MINTY NRFB 2009 Gold label
$130.00
Time Remaining: 2d 15h 21m
Buy It Now for only: $130.00
Pop Life Barbie Doll Barbie Collector Gold Label N6596 New NRFB 2008 MINT MINTY
Pop Life Barbie Doll Barbie Collector Gold Label N6596 New NRFB 2008 MINT MINTY
$129.99
Time Remaining: 2d 15h 21m
Buy It Now for only: $129.99
NRFB 2009 Pop Life Collection Pop Life Redhead Barbie Doll
NRFB 2009 Pop Life Collection Pop Life Redhead Barbie Doll
$165.75
Time Remaining: 2d 21h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $165.75
Pop Life Kelley head Barbie Friend Steffie Face 2009 Kelly Collector Doll Mattel
Pop Life Kelley head Barbie Friend Steffie Face 2009 Kelly Collector Doll Mattel
$35.99
Time Remaining: 2d 22h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $55.99
Pop Life Ken Platinum Label BFC Exclusive 2009
Pop Life Ken Platinum Label BFC Exclusive 2009
$449.99
Time Remaining: 4d 17h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $449.99
Star Trek Lt Uhura Hybrid Barbie Mod Fashion Pop Life Hair African American AA
Star Trek Lt Uhura Hybrid Barbie Mod Fashion Pop Life Hair African American AA
$26.99
Time Remaining: 4d 18h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $26.99
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: 7d 10h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $750.00
BARBIE POP LIFE KEN DOLL 2009 PLATINUM LABEL ONLY 999 MADE MIB NRFB SHIPPER
BARBIE POP LIFE KEN DOLL 2009 PLATINUM LABEL ONLY 999 MADE MIB NRFB SHIPPER
$329.95
Time Remaining: 7d 21h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $329.95
2008 Pop Life Barbie Collector Gold Label 50th Anniversary Pivotal Body NRFB
2008 Pop Life Barbie Collector Gold Label 50th Anniversary Pivotal Body NRFB
$129.95
Time Remaining: 8d 15h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $129.95
Barbie Pop Life 50th Anniversary Gold Label Blonde 2008 N6596 NRFB
Barbie Pop Life 50th Anniversary Gold Label Blonde 2008 N6596 NRFB
$109.99
Time Remaining: 9d 23h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $109.99
Pop Life Ken Platinum Label BFC Exclusive NRFB 2009 mattel
Pop Life Ken Platinum Label BFC Exclusive NRFB 2009 mattel
$375.00
Time Remaining: 10d 9h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $375.00

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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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