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 Ken Platinum Label BFC Exclusive 2009
Pop Life Ken Platinum Label BFC Exclusive 2009
$449.99
Time Remaining: 15h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $449.99
2008 Pop Life Barbie Collector Gold Label 50th Anniversary Pivotal Body NRFB
2008 Pop Life Barbie Collector Gold Label 50th Anniversary Pivotal Body NRFB
$144.95
Time Remaining: 1d 7h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $144.95
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: 1d 17h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $329.95
COLLECTIBLE BARBIE DOLL POP LIFE KEN IN GORGEOUS SEE THROUGH BOX 2008 N6611
COLLECTIBLE BARBIE DOLL POP LIFE KEN IN GORGEOUS SEE THROUGH BOX 2008 N6611
$169.99
Time Remaining: 1d 20h 29m
Barbie Doll Pop Life Dress
Barbie Doll Pop Life Dress
$24.99
Time Remaining: 2d 8h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
Gold Label Collectible 50th Anniversary Pop Life Barbie New Never Opened
Gold Label Collectible 50th Anniversary Pop Life Barbie New Never Opened
$65.00
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $89.00
NRFB 2009 Pop Life Collection Pop Life Redhead Barbie Doll
NRFB 2009 Pop Life Collection Pop Life Redhead Barbie Doll
$162.50
Time Remaining: 2d 17h 3m
Buy It Now for only: $162.50
POP LIFE Black AA Doll 50th Anniv 2008 Certificate Of Authenticity COA Only
POP LIFE Black AA Doll 50th Anniv 2008 Certificate Of Authenticity COA Only
$2.75
Time Remaining: 2d 23h 26m
Buy It Now for only: $2.75
POP LIFE Platinum Doll 50th Anniv 2008 Certificate Of Authenticity COA Only
POP LIFE Platinum Doll 50th Anniv 2008 Certificate Of Authenticity COA Only
$2.75
Time Remaining: 2d 23h 26m
Buy It Now for only: $2.75
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: 3d 8h 41m
Buy It Now for only: $750.00
POP LIFE KEN BARBIE COLLECTOR DOLL N6611
POP LIFE KEN BARBIE COLLECTOR DOLL N6611
$175.00
Time Remaining: 3d 9h 27m
Buy It Now for only: $175.00
POP LIFE BARBIE BARBIE COLLECTOR N6596 IDC KEP478
POP LIFE BARBIE BARBIE COLLECTOR N6596 IDC KEP478
$150.00
Time Remaining: 3d 9h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $150.00
NEW Barbie Pop Life Blonde Mod Pivotal Articulated Model Muse Nude Doll Loose
NEW Barbie Pop Life Blonde Mod Pivotal Articulated Model Muse Nude Doll Loose
$49.95
Time Remaining: 4d 20h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $49.95
All 3 Pop Life Collection Mattel Barbie Doll 2008 Gold label 50th anniversary
All 3 Pop Life Collection Mattel Barbie Doll 2008 Gold label 50th anniversary
$275.00
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $275.00
Pop Life Barbie Chair no doll or other furniture
Pop Life Barbie Chair no doll or other furniture
$9.99
Time Remaining: 5d 12h 2m
Buy It Now for only: $13.50
50TH ANNIVERSARY 2008 POP LIFE BLONDE BARBIE GOLD LABEL NRFB
50TH ANNIVERSARY 2008 POP LIFE BLONDE BARBIE GOLD LABEL NRFB
$58.95
Time Remaining: 5d 17h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $84.95
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
$79.98
Time Remaining: 7d 14h 27m
Buy It Now for only: $79.98
Redhead Barbie Collector Pivotal Mod Pop Life Gold Label Mint
Redhead Barbie Collector Pivotal Mod Pop Life Gold Label Mint
$150.00
Time Remaining: 12d 19h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $150.00
NUDE MATTEL BARBIE Auburn POP LIFE Pivotal Articulated STEFFIE Doll FOR OOAK
NUDE MATTEL BARBIE Auburn POP LIFE Pivotal Articulated STEFFIE Doll FOR OOAK
$58.00
Time Remaining: 13d 9h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $58.00
Pop Life Ken Platinum Label BFC Exclusive NRFB 2009 mattel
Pop Life Ken Platinum Label BFC Exclusive NRFB 2009 mattel
$375.00
Time Remaining: 14d 6h 5m
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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